And We’re Off Again

This time we’re off on a two-week vacation to Ireland. We leave tomorrow morning, so I’m frantically going through all the knitting bags to get stuff sorted out. Of course I have nothing else packed, but damn, I have the knitting ready. Here’s what I’m taking with me. This will also serve as sort of a mini-Project Update as well. Cool! Two posts in one!

First, here’s the spinning portion of the blog. If you don’t give a hoot about spinning, scroll down. I finished some pretty pretty yarn this week. A few months back, I scored a couple of Abby’s Batts. Here’s one of them all spun up. As usual, click to embiggen.


The fiber is 69% merino, 30% tussah silk, and 1% firestar (aka sparkle!). This is roughly a light fingering, and there’s about 600 yards of it, enough to make a pretty shawl. That’s not coming to Ireland with me, though. The color name is Green Green Grass.

I’m still working on John’s True Blue sweater, and am partly through the first sleeve. The front and back are both done. This will come with me on the trip. I transferred it from straight needles to circulars, to make stuffing it into a travel bag a little easier.


And I’m still working on the Peony socks. These will go in checked luggage, because of those wicked sharp Signature double points. I’m not crazy enough to try to get those on a plane.


Last but not least, some green yarn for another pair of socks, just in case I finish the Peony socks. This is one of my treasured Wollmeise skeins, in the color Lowenzahn.


And I have a suspicion that I might find some yarn while I’m there. At least I can hope. If not, I’ll drink lots of Guinness to drown my sorrows. We leave in the morning, and will have a mini-computer with us, so there might be an update or two along the way. Otherwise, I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!


About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


And We’re Off Again — 14 Comments

  1. I have a feeling you’ll stumble across some yarn along the way…not that you’ll need it, seeing what you’re spinning up. That is some beautiful stuff there! Have a wonderful trip!

  2. Have a wonderful trip. BTW I have gone to the UK and taken my sock needles on the plane as carry-on. I’ve never had any problem- but have always made sure I had a project on the needles so people have a clue what the pointy sticks are used for.

  3. Have a wonderful time! When we went I had dreams of scoring lots of wonderful yarn, but had a terrible time finding any. Found lots of machine made sweaters, though. Please keep us up to date on your itinerary. Can I put a plug in for the Cliffs of Mohr? One of my favorite spots – oh, and Dingle.

  4. any knitter would say you have your priorities in order. When I pack, I make sure that I have my prescriptions & knitting & then I pack everything else. I figure if I forget clothing or makeup, I can probably find some to buy wherever I’m going but the availability of knitting & the replacement of prescriptions would be a lot harder. Have a great time – one of these days I’ll make it to Ireland & Alaska & Italy. But right now, our vacation time (& money) is consumed visiting family in California.

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