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Knit Your Way Around the World

Knit your way around the world!

It looks like a bomb went off, but we are home, complete with dirty laundry exploding from every which way, suitcases tossed aside precisely where they don’t belong, and and a fridge that offers only mustard, almond butter, and stale sour cream. The return landing may not be pretty, but it was worth the pain.Knit your way around the world!In cased you missed it, we road tripped down to Monterey, California, visiting the aquarium (twice!) and enjoying the perfect beach weather. It was a LONG drive with two adults, one toddler, an elderly dog, a tricycle, and a scooter crammed into one dirty Subaru with a reasonable amount of luggage.

Like any obsessively addicted knitter, advanced research led me to Monarch Knitting, which happens to be a flagship store for the Quince & Co. yarn. It’s part of my plan for the year to knit up a bunch of patterns from Hannah Fettig’s cruelly brilliant  Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures. Somehow I swindled a coworker into promising to knit the Rosemont Cardigan with me.

Miracles. They do exist.

I called ahead to make sure Monarch Knitting wouldn’t freakishly be closed for some sort of renovation and resolved to stop in to select my Rosemont yarn and touch Quince & Co. wool for the first time ever in Real Life (so far, I’ve only worked with their linen).  Knit your way around the world!I wasn’t sure when exactly I would be able to jaunt into Monarch Knitting, so I lugged my copy of  Home & Away with me everywhere we went in my backpack.

Some random beach? It came along.

Aquarium Day Two? Yep.

Better to heft the extra weight than risk arrival at the target LYS without the pattern. I believe that would have fallen under the category of Knitting Blasphemy.  Knit your way around the world!Ultimately, I did make it into Monarch Knitting and selected my Quince & Co. Lark colorway (Wasabi!) in under ten minutes (it was one of the handful of colorways they had with the required ten skeins in stock), along with a spontaneous acquisition of two skeins of new-to-me Woolfolk’s Sno in White/Silver. This yarn is 100% merino wool and is so stinking soft that it just blows my (over-caffeinated) mind. All I want to do lock myself in a (well lit) closet and knit myself some kind shawl/stole/wrappy thing that I snuggle in all day, every day. I am basically going to pet this yarn incessantly until I can finish some projects and allow myself to cast on.

Pet. Pet. Pet. Woolfolk Sno yarn.

Along the way, I did accomplish a respectable amount of car knitting, making progress on my man socks and Valentine’s mittens. There was an unmentionable incident involving a pot hole and an airborne double pointed needle that is now forever lost in the slot between the passenger seat and center console. On the upside, at least it didn’t poke out my eye.

Right?

Right.Woolfolk Sno yarn. So soft! All this travel knitting really got me thinking: wouldn’t it be amazing to knit your way around the world? To venture off here and there (Italy! New Zealand! Borneo!) and whip up this and that along the way. Discover yourself. Discover the world. Pack some yarn from home (just in case) and find some new yarn along the way.

When Elizabeth Gilbert did her whole Eat, Pray, Love bit, she really missed out by not including a section on stopping over somewhere and learning to knit. She could have done the knit journey first and fixed her life right then and there–no Italy, India, or Bali needed (although you might as well visit those places, too…since your suitcase is already packed and no one is expecting you home anytime soon).

Given the three-year-old in my life, I imagine it will be a while before I knit myself around the world. In reality, it is just as difficult to knit while traveling as it is to knit at home. Stolen moments here and there when everyone is sleeping or cleverly strapped into a five-point harness system.

In the meantime, the dream lives on. Maybe you’ll join me.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along. I just finished reading You Should Have Known and really enjoyed it in a real page-turner way. Now I need a new book.

34 thoughts on “Knit Your Way Around the World

  1. Swindling a co-worker to knit – what a delicious idea! Knitting on a trip around the world. Hmm. I can see cargo containers being shipped to future destinations so the knitting vagabond would have the next yarn fix waiting. Wardrobe for the trip would be a secondary item of consideration. Spreadsheets of yarn requirements at which ports and when ‘most important. What a trip!

  2. I’ll be knitting my way up to Canada later this year. Feel free to join me on THAT lovely jaunt 😉

  3. Let’s make it a girl’s trip! But in about 16 years (I think my 5 and 2 year olds might object just now 😉

    1. Absolutely! You can pick the first stop.

  4. I laughed out loud at your unfortunate incident with the double pointed needle. I too have a double pointed needle stuck between a seat and a hard place and i’m cursing every day as I want it back!! I’m loving the look of the Woolfolk yarn, it does look very pet’able.

    1. Yep, that Jan is definitely give my cat a run for it’s money.

  5. Oh, what a treasure you got! Quince&Co and WOOLFOLK yarn are on my waiting list to be knit into something precious! Love road trips and visiting new yarn spaces. So happy for you and your family – sounds like it was a fun trip!

    1. Road trips can definitely be the absolute best. I hope there are many more my future. And yours.

  6. Home & Away, Quince & Monarch…all very good choices! The Aquarium isn’t bad either 😉 Woolfolk is pretty amazing too!

    1. Yep, life is looking pretty bright right now.

  7. What beautiful yarn and colours !

    1. Thank you my dear. I think so too. I cannot wait to get knitting.

  8. Off to Australia soon and will be visiting NZ for the first time. Already checked out yarn shops in Wellington and Auckland!!!!

    1. A woman after my own heart… Can’t wait to hear more about your trip

  9. I was stationed in Monterey years ago and still remember it fondly. It is the happy place in my mind that I meditate on actually.

    1. I definitely contemplated moving there until I looked up housing prices. So beautiful but $$$$. Youch

  10. love that Rosemont cardigan pattern, you’re going to be super snuggly in yours 🙂

    1. I certainly hope so. Any chance you’ll get one as well?

  11. Oh my, that Woolfolk is a dreamy looking yarn! Enjoy your Quince. So far I have only tried the linen as well. I hope my LYS will qualify to carry a larger line soon!

    1. Me too. I wish Quince wasn’t quite so exclusive…

  12. I wish one day to travel across the pond. I will have to check out this Monarch Knitting. Quince & Co has not touched my hands, sadly enough. I hope to find some at STITCHES West as a few Bay Area LYS’s carry it. The company had a great podcast with Woolful, I believe.

    1. Yes, I know that Alana at Never Not Knitting announced on her podcast that she would have the whole stock at Stitches West. Bring lots of cash.

  13. The most amazing yarns, definitely worth the trip. Oh how I wish ………. 🙂
    Love your photos, they really do the yarns and wool justice.
    Thanks for a great post, and sharing your adventure with us. Enjoyed it a lot!

  14. I love the yarn you picked and I adore quince and co yarn. It is beautiful and works up perfectly. of course there is the squish factor to add in as well. sounds like you all had a great time 🙂

  15. Don’t you just LOVE that Hannah Fettig book??? I got a copy for Christmas and want to knit through the whole thing. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! And knitting around the world just makes sense to me, too. 🙂

  16. Yarn looks lovely. Well done on getting car knitting done with a toddle in tow.

  17. ah, memories……i think it was maybe two cars ago…when my hubby traded his car in and we did the serious clean-out….i found three wayward dp needles under the passenger seat from long ago road trips!!!

  18. I love that idea! I did already make a pact with myself to do this in the future but since we mostly holiday in Scotland there’s only so far I can go with it! Your yarn looks lovely 🙂

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