Friday, September 2, 2011

This IS Packing

How can you tell if I'm going on vacation?

You can't, because I'm terrible at packing.

We're heading off on vacation tomorrow morning, and I only really started packing today. As in, about an hour ago. And I'm still waiting for clothes to dry so that I can put them into my suitcase. I may or may not remember to bring a tooth brush. And pajamas.

It's not that I haven't been thinking about getting ready. I've already called my credit card companies and told them I'm going to be traveling, and for pity's sake, don't cancel my cards when I'm standing at the front of a very long line of consumers. I've cleaned both bathrooms until they are sparkling (and no, it's not so that the burglars aren't disgusted by my bathrooms. I just don't want the chores when I come home). I've picked as many veggies from the garden as possible and either gave them away or canned or frozen them.

And most importantly, I've been planning what projects to bring with me. What you see here is the collection of an obsessed woman:

I'm going on vacation for goodness sake. I'm supposed to be enjoying the sights, relaxing, and discovering new things, new places. Can I do that while I'm knitting, spinning, or winding balls of yarn?

Well, yeah. Why wouldn't I?

It's been a long time since I've spent an evening just sitting, not working on something. I used to work on jewelry. Now, I work with yarn. It's also been a long time since I've uttered the words, "Wow, I'm bored." I simply prefer to have something to do with my hands.

So, while we drive, I'll spin. Maybe I'll wind those skeins into balls. I might knit that lace pattern in the evenings after a day of hiking while I chat with my husband, maybe not. I might read a book or a magazine. But I intend to enjoy myself, and I think I'm most likely to enjoy myself if I can bring my hobby along with me. I don't think I'll get all of this done while I'm away, but I'd much rather not be caught with idle hands.

I'm not totally finished packing, but the important things are ready to go!


  1. I know what you mean. I haven't been away that often since I began knitting, but when I did go away knitting was ALWAYS the first thing I thought about packing. But it was always the LAST thing to go in the bag, so I that I had it sitting right on top to get to it. Take it all with you!

    Have a great vacation!

  2. Have fun! I bring my knitting on vacations too, what else are you supposed to do while watching tv at 11 at night.

  3. That sounds like packing to me, or at least that is the way I pack too. I always wash clothes the night before I go so I can have the best selection and the pile can not go funky while I'm gone. Plus you have all the trip laundry when you get home.
    The collection in your photo looks very relaxing. Have a great time and recharge yourself!

  4. Yes, yarn projects are VIP for vacations. I love how much you can get done driving in cars, waiting in airports, riding trains and collapsing in a puddle at the end of a busy vacation day. Can't wait to see your FP!