Given that there were only three of us, it meant that there was oodles of room in the car to be filled with Katherine-related "essentials". Oh yes, Husband does so cramp my luggage-space with all of his shoes, coats and, erm, okay none of the above and, quite honestly, not usually a lot at all. But he does takes up a person sized space. Admittedly, this is usually in the driving seat (leaving me the knitting seat) but it is space nonetheless and, in his absence, one that I could put that to good use! We re-jigged the car so that Son and I occupied the front and Cat and crafts the back. And this is where I think, maybe, I got just a little carried away.
Ten days, I said. Ten days with a toddler. Ten days with toddler and with the aim to actually see my parents, as in spend quality time with them and not want them to do all the childcare, cooking etc etc so I can be with my knitting. Hmmmm….. Somewhere along the way I thought that I could do both.
The luggage in the boot was spot-on: The correct clothes (quantity and type – although could have been tweaked a little better if I'd known about the 30+deg C heat wave to hit mid-Wales), same with shoes, coats, everything. Just not the crafts. Here is a list of things that I took but that didn't even make it out of the bag:
- My crochet project (well, what can I say? At least I'm showing willing, of sorts...)
- The unfinished tank top (and associated design book)
- None of the – wait for it – nine balls of felted tweed or the "Nordic Knits" pattern book. These were taken to knit the second of my Christmas workshop mats. The mat that only require two colours. But I hadn't decided which two and I didn't want to make a rushed decision that I would later regret. Plus, I had a whole Husband-sized space to fill!
- Husband's jumper (of course) and five extra balls of yarn. Yes, so the jumper progressed but given all of the other projects, five extra balls? Turns out that I am an optimist, after all.
- Sewing machine. Yes, my mother does have one and yes, she is more than willing to share but I know mine. And, remember, I had a large space to fill.
- Sewing bag (another bag?!) and fabric.
Definitely an optimist.
There are, of course, the other projects that did legitimately earn their right to that space by having made significant progress: The Yuletide String (although perhaps not the four extra balls of yarn that were never going to be included, being of completely the "wrong" colours) and Secret Project numbers 1 and 2. It's a bit of a sorry list when compared to that above. But there we go, if I will go out for days at the beach, see family and friends and generally have a very nice time, then knitting sacrifices will have to be made.
We're about to go away again, this time with Husband. But without the Cat, so I have her space to utilise this time. Probably a more realistic space – given the time away and then not-so-small matter that we're camping. So do we think the lesson has been learnt? Perhaps. (And maybe if room has to be made for potential yarn purchases.) An optimist and a planner: I like it!