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Going to the Woods October 4, 2011

My head is spinning right now.

I just figured out how to use my iPhone as a hotspot for WiFi. Woo the Hoo! ;p

Why is this such a tickle me elmo?

Because I’m going on the road.

And I’m going to have an internet connection in the hinterlands…

Nope, no Rhineback this year; for the next few weeks, I’m going to be with my Mom in Northern Lower Michigan! She’ll be recovering from some surgery and I’m going to be her wingman until she’s got some mobility back.

So I’m busy putting my road-kit together: my old Mac Intel Mini, small monitor, Wacom tab and lots of design files to crunch and massage, yarn, needles, small camera, card reader and lot’s of warm clothes.

And here’s where the fun starts!

Trying to put together a road show of sweaters to take with me is just ludicrous!

During this time of year, I’m unnaturally attached to my closet full of knitwear in a most embarrassing way. I sort it, I fold it, I wash it, and basically play with a collection that’s grown over the years to take up a whole armoire (that’s cotton AND wool, though ;p).

Winnowing it down to a few to take on a trip is pretty hilarious because I Want To Take Them All.

BTW, this is an adjunct to the way I *pack* shoes for a trip as well, often ending up with a pile that would require a dedicated suitcase if taken. Reaching that point usually brings me to my senses but not always…

So, I tried to fool myself and started early this time plumping and washing a bunch of sweaters and this is what ended up being the Final Six:

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Or maybe 5, because I’m thinking the grey one can be left home…

I need a big woolie one to hunker down in during the evening hours or walking down to the tiny ‘lil Post Office in the early AM to get the mail. So there’s my original Mrs. CB’s Camp Jacket (that I re-animated) going along to do utility duty In Style.

Then, next from left, my newish girlish post modern retro number – the Turquoise cardigan with Red Buttons. Maybe we’ll have visitors and I’ll need to dress for dinner.

Skipping the grey one because I’m seeing now it should be left In the City (just my intuition), there’s my new FO, the yellow-green Jo Sharp DK (color: MAPLE) sweater that was finished during the Sleeve Workshop at YarnCon (waves to all the wonderful folks who joined me there! It was so exciting for me to demonstrate the magic of the Sleeve Cap that day!). But of course, I ended up with a new sweater even though it took a few years (5) to finish. Which ended up being a rather good thing, since it now is completely different (better) than how I originally envisioned it.

Can’t leave town without my BFF, my huggable Mondo Cable Pulli in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed. It is just the thing to watch all those Masterpiece Theater episodes (DOWNTON here I come! I got Wi the Fi and can stream you! In the middle of nowhere!)

And last but not least is my Deep Woods Barn Yarn Scoop du Jour, which always goes to Tustin this time of year.

It was made for those walks in the woods with the dogs and I’m hoping I see these colors again while I wander.

That tree’s still there, by a little pond on a lonely road.

And I’ll be there soon…

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