So, Leon and I are flying out to New Zealand with our bikes. Our plan is to ride, buy yarn and drink beer. An endeavour like that requires only one other thing: a good simple knitting project.
Because we are riding, and carrying all our own gear I need to keep it light. Socks might have been okay, but we are away for a week and a day, and I might run out. So, instead I'm having a second attempt at Lettuce, the lace weight jumper than I had so many problems with a couple of years ago . This time I'm using a bright blue yarn (seems to me a bit of theme) which is very similar to the yarn base I knit it in last time. This one was dyed by the inimitable Stranded in Oz. It's in 100 gram hanks, so I may be able to knit the whole body without changing skeins. Meaning I won't have to stripe the yarn, which might increase the challenge level. I want to keep this so simple, so I can enjoy the views, and the beer.
So there we are. I've wound the wool, I've swatched, I've got my little knitting bag ready. I've separated my scissors and other sharp things into my packed luggage, and I have spare needles, just on case airport security goes rouge - they never have before, but it pays to be prepared.