Work and Whimsy

I know I promised to start an exciting new sweater last week, but I totally haven’t. I’ve been slogging through some technical knitting I need to get done. I’ve also updated a few things on Ravelry. I was looking at my Ravelry project page with all my finished projects on it and thought that it really didn’t do me justice. I felt like I’ve been knitting the whole year round, just not produced any finished objects. At that point I realized I haven’t been recording all the things I’ve knit for KNITmuch. They still count as knitting and need to be recognized! I updated my Ravelry projects page and the 2015 Finished Objects link here on the blog.

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I will admit that this took me much longer than expected so the photos on the blog aren’t linked yet, but I will be getting to that when I am back home from vacation! That’s right, I’m leaving!
Only temporarily, never fear. A friend of mine and I are going to take a road trip to Chicago! It’s one of my favourite places to go! I really REALLY like food, and trust me, Chicago is a food city.
One thing different, this time we’re driving; so when I am not taking my turn at the wheel, I will have a good deal of time to knit. I’ll definitely bring easy things that aren’t easily messed up. If I manage to start a sweater before we leave I could get some great progress on the body. Although that would mean dropping everything immediately and swatching to within an inch of my life. I’ve had one too many a sweater turn out wrong to avoid swatching.

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I was thinking about stopping into some LYS’s while I’m there. It isn’t often I get the opportunity to just go gallivanting around a city like Chicago. I have been to Knitche, in Downers Grove, and loved it! This was the store I bought all my Shibui Silk Cloud from. They were so so SO helpful and balled it all for me into three separate balls per skein. This was before I had a scale and I was totally confounded as to how we were supposed to achieve this. When I expressed my doubts to the ladies at this store they offered to ball it all for me if I picked it up the next day.

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I would like to pop back if given an opportunity. There are a lot of yarn stores in Chicago though and I wouldn’t mind seeing at least one other. We’re staying near Wicker Park so perhaps there might be one in that area!

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I just realized I am leaving on Friday and haven’t been OBESSING over which knitting to pack and take with me. I have a couple simple things on the go, but really, where is the fun if you can’t take a whole suitcase full of yarn?