It's that time of year again when first I and then James abandon the wool face and head off on our summer hols. I am going to Portugal to spend a couple of weeks on the Algarve. James will be taking his bucket and spade to Cornwall in September.
As those of you who are familiar with our idiosyncracies will know, owing to a flying phobia I have a long train journey in store by which to reach my destination. This is no inconvenience however. Imagine the delight with which I anticipate the knitting potential of this 30 hour voyage! No prospect of being hustled around airports dreading flight disruptions. For me it will be a relaxing trip on Eurostar to Paris starting early in the morning. Then I'll be travelling by TGV down to the Pyranees to catch a night train across Spain and into Lisbon the following morning. From there it's a train ride to Faro to meet my husband who will have had a far less relaxing time catching a flight that morning from Birmingham. And, crucially, unlike me he will not have the opportuity to decompress by knitting as the world goes by!
Of course I have a long list of travel knitting to pack. I usually take at least 4-5 projects in order to have something on hand at all times to suit my mood and circumstances. If you're a knitter you will know exactly what I mean. With all of the lovely yarns that are now in the Store begging to be knitted up this autumn and winter, I consider it my duty to knit samples for the shop - so watch this space when I get back!
Meanwhile do come and see us. The dip in temperature has resulted in ideal conditions for knitting and crochet, whether sedentary or in motion. And, as ever, send us photos of the results!