I was away from my baby for the longest I've ever been last weekend- 2 whole nights! I was away with 4 sweet souls for a dear friends 40th and I really don't think I could have managed the distance from lad in any other company. These ladies (all mamas of the human and furred) were a great support and helped me relax easily into the weekend away. Though not being knitters themselves, never batting an eyelid when I pulled out my needles and clicked away while we talked in front of the fire. I love it when my need to knit is accepted so easily. We spoke of yoga, gut health, kombucha tea, bone broth recipes and dreams of creativity. It was almost like an accidental health retreat with a touch of soul nurturing on the side.
We saddled up the trailer with our bikes, making sure to take photos of how the knots on the ropes had been tied so we could retie them when it came time to load them back up again. When I say "we" I really mean "they". I am a bit of a klutz when it comes to that sort of stuff so I stood back a little and just tried to help by getting the water bottles and helmets (which I almost forgot!) ready. We rode to a few wineries and had the bikes with baskets well and truly loaded with bottles on the way home. I didn't actually buy any wine but I did buy some yummy chocolate. No one fell off but we did have 2 near misses- one was because the scenery was so lovely concentration was lost and a bit of a wobble was gotten up and the second was me, because my handle bars had come loose and were turning and not turning the wheel. With a bit of roadside maintenance we made it to another winery where the owner- a very sweet elderly Italian man- fixed it properly for me. Thank goodness for that because I was not looking forward to the walk back to our house! The rain held off for the ride and we woke to pitter patter on the tin roof the next morning. Perfect.
I started knitting some socks in the car on the way up and back but didnt do much on them at the house. Instead I worked on my cardigan while chatting in front of the fire feeling that the socks were better for car. Ive realised though that I am not going to have enough yarn to finish my cardigan and will probably be about 2 skeins short. I ordered it online from the overseas and really don't want to pay the postage again for just 2 more skeins so Im thinking of frogging it and maybe making something for Eddie instead. I will remake my cardigan but in some local wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills. I also made a couple more pouches from this tutorial. I can't believe how quick and easy they are to make! I wish I hadn't waited so long to give them a go.
While away I wore my Endless Summer Tunic, pattern by a Verb for Keeping Warm and my shawl made from Melody of Mandarine's pattern, Canopy. I've been wearing my tunic quiet a bit even though its clearly no longer an endless summer here in Victoria. Ive just been layering it with fleece tights and cardigans. I used Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen for the tunic and love it so much! The shawl was really nice to knit up. I found it to be a comfort knit (something you don't have to think much about, you can just relax and click away) but not the boring kind. I still got a bit of a buzz out of knitting the lace sections which kept interesting. I used wool I already had from the Bendigo Woollen Mills, it is luxury 10ply in the colourway denim blue. I managed to get gauge on the width but not quiet on the length- my shawl is about 1.5 inches longer than the pattern measurements. Ive been doing lots of early morning sewing lately and its quiet chilly in my sewing room so Ive been wrapping myself up in my shawl while I sew. Melody has a new pattern out called Blóm that I'd also like to try. My Canopy is Ravelled here.
Even though my weekend away was lovely and as I am realising now after coming home, very much needed, I was so excited to see my family again and get back to our tiny dates- cafe tantrums and all.