Saturday, August 1, 2009


Yes, I finally managed some knitting! Last night I kissed the family goodbye and grabbed my bag to go and meet with some knitting friends for a few hours. Initially it took me a while to remember what I was knitting, how far I'd come and if I could actually talk and knit at the same time. I was pleased to discover that I haven't lost the art of either! Indeed it's just like riding a bike - once you've learned, you never forget.

My delightful little project bag (handmade by my MIL) proved to contain the dear little grey Keyhole Scarf that I started aeons ago. It was honestly good to kick back and knit a little on something that didn't take a lot of brain power or energy. After weeks of decorating, driving kids all over the county, watering a parched veggie bed twice a day and mopping up cat pee (don't ask!), I was glad to escape and chill over the needles.

I am hoping to do more, although as I've finally planned a few days away (for the first time in 2yrs) I suspect that laundry and packing will take over my life this weekend. We're heading over the border to Canada on Monday followed next Saturday by a whistle stop trip to California for DD1 and I. I'm going to be busy.

Packing for five is no joke either. When the kids were small we resembled an army on military manoeuvres whenever we all left town! Now we no longer have to take half a hundred weight of nappies (diapers) with us, things have improved, although teenage girls on tour are not to be messed with, especially in the clothes department. When we were first married, P.A. used to complain that I took so much stuff when I travelled. Oh, how times have changed. Now I gladly leave the kitchen sink behind and can makedo with what commonly passes here in the US for hand luggage. Instead the girls have taken up my space in the trunk of the car with 'goodness only knows what.' Thank goodness we have a minivan!

Even if the girls do manage to do their own washing these days, it's pretty inevitable that we'll all need to use the laundry machine at the same time. Perhaps if I'm really quick, I could get a load or two on before they start jostling for the 'casual/permanent press' button? Do you think 6.30am is a totally unreasonable time to start the machine? Hmmmm, maybe I'll just chill with those needles and enjoy the quiet for a little longer.

See you soon!


Winifred said...

That luggage must be a problem with girls. I suppose one of the good things about flying is the new baggage allowances make you travel lighter.

Oh that cat pee! Isn't it horrendous. One of my old cats has developed kidney problems and is drinking more water. He just won't use a litter tray so he has to be out into he garden at all hours. Luckily he cries when he wants to be out and as soon as I hear his cry I jump out of bed like a looney! At 4 o'clock in the morning one of these days I'll do my self a permanent!

Hope you'll be able to take your knitting with you.

Winifred said...

Forgot to say I love your bag. I'm just using a plastic carrier bag. Recycling it by multi use. Think I should make myself one like yours. It's gorgeous.

Suse-the-slow-knitta said...

so pleased I only have one daughter - although she seems to have enough bags & jewelry for fivr!
I love the bag that your MIL made for you, it looks so pretty !
funnily enough the verification word below this is "stash"

Nat Red Knits said...

Your bag s real cute! Glad you get a break from your to do list to knit. Traveling with kids is a real peach. Especially teens!! The girls room looks great btw

Rose said...

Love the bag and glad you got some knitting time. Can you knit in the car on your trip? I used to love to do all the driving but now I'd rather knit. Also, really love the lime green in the girls' room! Super color.

Probably Jane said...

Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for reminding me I need to hang out a load of washing!

Hope you get time for a little quiet knitting.

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