Some people collect miniature spoons, or porcelain thimbles when they go on vacation. Others collect magnets or key chains or tiny, personalized license plates.
I try my darnedest not to collect tschotchkes, but I still want something to remember my vacations by. So, I’ve started collecting something that I think you guys could get behind.
I try to buy a skein of vacation yarn whenever I go out of town for the last few years. At first I would just get a skein or two of whatever piqued my fancy. But now, after realizing I have a bunch of skeins vacation yarn in my stash that I’m probably never going to use for one reason or another, I have given myself Vacation Yarn Rules:
- The yarn must be purchased at a local yarn store- no online stores, no big box stores that happen to be in the area. It’s gotta be something I can only get on location, or what’s the point? (Plus, it’s a great excuse to go find a new yarn store!)
- The yarn must be spun, died, or both by a local yarn producer.
- The yarn must be in a colorway that reminds me of the vacation. (This rule has a little more wiggle-room than the others… I can pretty much convince myself that whatever skein I find the prettiest is the one that most closely matches the location.)
- One skein must be enough to make a complete project. This means that 95% of my Vacation Yarn ends up being sock yarn. But that’s great, because now I’ve got a bunch of pairs of Vacation Socks!
We just got back from a trip to Lake Tahoe, down in California (which is lovely by the way. I highly recommend going in October- It’s practically empty, the weather is perfect for taking long walks along the lake or sitting in the sun with a cup of tea and some knitting. And when the weather’s not perfect, it’s a great time to go inside and play board games with your buddies).
And, of course I got a skein of Vacation Yarn.
It’s from a very cute little shop in South Lake Tahoe, Knits and Knots Tahoe, and was hand dyed in the area. This sock yarn was dyed in a colorway called “Driftwood” and it’s a lovely brown-y olive, with little speckles of dark brown and a splash of bright leaf green. It really reminded me of the colors of the area- the soft brown of the dead pine needles that cover the ground under the massive pine trees, and the green of the little plants peeking through the forest floor.
I can’t wait until I have time to knit up my Lake Tahoe Socks!
What do you collect when you’re on vacation?