We’re so lucky to have travellers from all over the world visiting the shop during the summer holiday season, which create a lovely atmosphere in the shop and great conversations while preparing for our own go aways as well. We’ve organized an interview with the staff of the shop to see how they plan their vacation projects and what they may be bringing along. Next up is Maya, who is preparing for her family holiday.
What sort of holiday are you going on? Are you going to be on the beach, staying local, flying, train? Does this influence your project planning?
Coming to the summer holidays, we do the same every year, we go home! And every year, following a tightly planned schedule, we find ourselves racing from place to place, trying to meet and see as many of our loved ones as we can. It is exhausting and exciting at the same time. Our families are scattered across two counties in mid-Norway, and so this involves quite a lot of travelling time by boat and car, I try to convert travelling into knitting time to wind down in between. I’m not very practical thinking when it comes to what to bring though, I just bring all the projects I might want to work on. Some summers that have had been six different ones, this year I’m bringing two.
What are you working on?
Well, this is slightly embarrassing…remember this blog post from last year’s holiday planning? I still haven’t finished my green cardi. The thing is that when you run a yarn shop there is so much knitting that needs to be done for the shop; samples, window displays, installations, I never seem to be able to find time to knit what is specifically for me – and for me only. I’ve just got the collar and sewing up to do though, and I haven’t lost interest in the project yet, nor the lush Scrumptious 4Ply Jen’s Green I’m making it in, so the Larch Cardigan is definitely on top of my knitting list this summer. I’m also working on another secret project that I really can’t reveal the details for yet, as it part of the great 5 year anniversary we’re planning for the shop – but I can tell you that it coincidentally involves more of the Scrumptious 4ply – so as you can see my bags will be filled with gorgeous vibrant colours to get that knitting mojo going!
What’s your ideal holiday knitting scene?
I actually love knitting on the road when we’re driving through the striking Norwegian scenery – there’s something with the long stretches of road, mountains, forests and fjords, that I find, works particularly well with the rhythm of my knitting needles. Having said that, I am comfortable knitting anywhere, especially if it involves a glass of red next to me.
Do you think that you’ll come back with a finished FO (finished object) or a WIP (work in progress)?
I’m telling you, I will have that cardi done!