My husband and I flew to San Diego last week to visit my son for his birthday. I knew I had to plan a LOT of travel knitting projects, just for the plane ride alone! I usually bring along yarn to make Milos because they are so easy and fun to knit and really are a blank canvas for creativity. When planning a Milo for travel, I like to choose a knitting pattern that’s easy to memorize and doesn’t include a cable; I don’t want to lose my beloved red size 4 double pointed needle that I use for cabling!! A second goal was to use up certain yarns that I had in my stash.
I cast on for this Milo August 31st, the night before we left. I used the King Charles Brocade pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasure of Knitting Patterns book and a single skein of pink Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted that I picked up on sale. Comparing the Milo pattern and the yardage on the ball band, I chose the size that would use up the entire skein so I had no leftovers. That was the 18 month size. I finished this on September 3rd.I also brought along five skeins of Cloudborn Limited Edition Alpaca Worsted that I bought from Craftsy for Milo May. I bought a ton of this yarn because it was on sale. I’m not too inspired by the colors I got – beige and taupe – but I love working with alpaca and those were the colors that were on sale (no big surprise there.) But since I had so much of it, I decided to knit Flax Light, thinking it would use up a lot. I cast on right after I finished the King Charles Milo on September 3rd and got as far as finishing the body on September 7th. I didn’t bring along double pointed needles for the sleeves, so I put that on hold and started another Milo.
(Seems like a lot of knitting, doesn’t it? Let me explain that our son is a huge sports fan, the US Open was happening, it was the opening of NFL football WITH THE EAGLES! (who won, thank goodness!) so there was a lot of TV time included.)
Anyway, this last Milo is almost finished. I decided to knit it up with the yarn held double both to use up more of it and to make the garment squishier and warmer. I knit this one up in the Mock Honeycomb pattern, which was so much fun! All I have left to do is about half an inch more of the honeycomb then the garter stitch at the bottom. It’s really squishy and warm!
Every time we travel, I scramble to pull together something to knit. Choosing what yarn I want to work with from my stash and a pattern to knit can be challenging, especially when I leave it to the last minute. It most often is a Milo, but sometimes I want something different. I came up with an idea on the way home to put together yarn, needles, and a pattern in a bag that I can just pick up when it’s time to go. My husband came up with an even better idea – make it a surprise! Put together several project bags and just pick one at random. You knit what you get. I like it!!