There's something about getting ready for a trip. Hey, I can pack. I can pack faster than the best of them. I can even pack for myself and Girlfriend in about a half-hour and I don't care if I'm heading out for a week, a month or a day. (Well, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit, but I can get the job done in no time flat. I've got other, more important, things to do like sit on the couch and knit.)
But the part that puts me off: What knitting project should I bring? I swore that this would be a minimalist vacation. At least that's what I told HWWV the other night. "I will bring one t-shirt, one pair of shorts, some jeans, a tank top and bathing suits. That's it! I don't want to worry about what to wear and we're not going out to dinner, either."
"Why not? Why not go out to dinner?" he cringed.
"If I'm doing the minimalist thing, I won't have anything to wear."
Caught in the minimalist packing spirit, it hit me: What knitting project should I bring? Socks. Yeah, socks. That's what I always bring. They're portable,they're easy to pick up and put down, and they don't drape too much over the legs, making them all sweaty.
So, I packed a little bag containing my Vesper Sock Yarn Knee Socks in Knit and Tonic colors, and a new skein of colorful cotton courtesy of my blogging friend, Heather. I figured those two projects would keep me busy for a few days.
Ah, the minimalist packing routine. Just a few necessary items.
But what about the eight balls of cotton yarn I was going to use for a striped top-down v-neck baseball jersey thingy for Girlfriend? What happens if I get a hankering for doing something other than socks?
Or my sketch pad, that huge sketch pad? And all those funky cool Sharpies? I might get that "special feeling."
Next thing I know, I've got one tiny suitcase for Girlfriend and me, and three huge sacks of knitting materials, books, yarn, and what have you.
And packing up the car yesterday morning, here comes HWWV burdened with a large carton stuffed with about three kinds of liquor, white wine, some tonic water, a few sodas, a six pack of beer, assorted bags of chips, a jar of cheese dip and a humidor.
"Honey...I thought we were going for the minimalist packing thing."
"Darling, quick, can you take this from me? I've got to run back into the house. I forgot the red wine."
And do you see all that wonderful stuff I ordered from Zephyrstyle? Oh man. That bracelet is so cool. It is called "Knit and Tonic" if you can believe it. There are some other nifty ones, too. Some that look like big colorful marbles. And I'm loving those stitch markers. Look closely! When you order them, they'll customize one for you. Gotta love all this Internet stuff. And knitting stuff. And a mini vacation. And knowing that when I go home there will be a box of yarn waiting for me. Some more Blue Sky Cotton. Nine skeins of delicious red cotton. My life is so complete.
Even with this minimalist living and all.