It isn't a vacation from knitting, but it is a little escape from my own designs.
Sometimes it's easy to get bogged down in the details of your own work. A refreshing thing to do is to work a wonderful pattern created by someone else. You can relax and know that someone else has worked out all the details, done the test knitting, and tech-edited the pattern.
I don't get a chance to do this much because of spending most time on developing my own designs, but this year I managed to schedule three knitting escapes. This was the project for my knitting vacation last January and February
This lovely shawlette called Citron was designed by Hillary Smith Callis and can be found on the Winter 2009 issue at Knitty.com by clicking here. The knitting of it it had a relaxing, almost meditative, quality.
I worked it intentionally looser to create a slightly larger shawlette. Our office building can get mightily cold in the winter and I wanted it to fully cover my shoulders.
In August I was close to burn out and took two more escapes to knit other people's patterns. The next two posts this week will feature them.