Monday, April 05, 2010

Vacation Knitting

Each year, Kevin and I save up for the whole year, pooling all our Christmas and birthday money, and we go to visit The Mouse for a week or two.

This year was extra fun because one of my brothers came along for the first part of our trip, and then we were with Kevin's family for the second part.

Every vacation has some memorable incident. My favorite moment of this year was at a dinner in Cinderella's castle. Cinderella taught us all to do the "princess pose." To do this, you are supposed to "clasp your hands together, then bring them up to your heart."

If you want to feel like one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, my suggestion is to wear your worst amusement-park clothes, go on Splash Mountain and get drenched, and then immediately have dinner where you pose directly next to a princess.

Trust me that no amount of princess posing on your part will help you look good in this situation:

But I love Disney.

I love the rides and the food. I love getting to walk for hours on end, with endless amusements around me (such as watching stressed-out families interact with each other).

Most of all, I love the knitting. Disney is knitting Nirvana. There is a lot of wait time for rides and shows, and I spend every bit of that time knitting. (Sixty minutes for Toy-Story Mania? Bring it on.) I have to be sure to pack just the right projects so as to be able to put them away quickly when it's our turn in line. And they have to be easy so I can still talk to people.

I probably get more knitting done at Disney than anywhere else. It truly is vacation for me.

In my last post, I had a few goals, which I was planning to meet while away. Let's see how those went, shall we?

Number 1 was to get Kevin's sweater joined at the sleeves and start knitting up to the shoulders. I did that. I will spare you the boring picture. My secret goal was to finish the entire sweater. I was thinking I would work on it on the car ride home, but that didn't happen. I had other priorities.

I also wanted to get my wimple to the point where I was just knitting around in stockinette. I did that. I think the wimple is cute. I'll keep working on it over the summer. It's at the point of grab and go to knit during movies, dinners with friends, etc.

I have to say that I never thought I'd want a wimple, but when I put it over my head the other day to test it, I took a strong liking to it. Apparently I have peasant blood running deep in my veins.

I wanted to finish the Noro Taiyo sweater. I'm just about there. I have half of one short sleeve left to knit, and half the hood to finish. It should be done soon--and the weather is perfect for it now, so I'm going to make this one a big push over the next week or so. In the meantime, here is one of those arty, angled shots of the fabric, so common in knitting blogs when projects are either secret or unfinished:

Unexpectedly, I did finish a sweater that wasn't on my list. This one is made from Araucania Pehuen, and it's comfortable and pretty. I like this yarn a lot. The colors are gorgeous. It was hard to choose, but I settled on blue.

That wonderful spring sweater weather I discovered last year--it's here!