It’s been busy around here, trying to get everything ready and organized for the trip – getting together everything we need, preparing to leave for a goodly amount of time, and of course, deciding on knitting! I *think* I finally know what I’m going to take, but I’m still second guessing myself. Well, more on that later.

The big excitement/panic for the week was the disappearance of my passport! That was a little too exciting, actually – Vig (my travel partner and best friend) got his from the Indian Consulate with his Indian visa on Tuesday, while mine….didn’t show up. Not on Wednesday either. And the Canada Post website was showing it as successfully delivered on Tuesday at 11am. Uh oh! Since we needed a day for the rush passport, and a day each for 2 rush visas, we had to start the process for getting me a new passport on Thursday – but as soon as I started that process, if my old one showed up it would be invalid!

Wednesday night, freaking out quite a lot, I went and got new passport photos and filled out a new passport application and the declaration of a lost passport form. Thursday morning we went to the passport office and also called Canada Post a heck of a lot of times, and called my sister at home a bunch of times (to check the mail).

To keep this long story from getting any longer, the passport arrived in my mailbox on Thursday just before noon, at the Last Possible Second – I was at the booth at the passport office, asking the nice man how long the rush would take while he was looking over my application, when Vig ran up, grabbed me, and said “DON’T DO IT!”. He was on the phone with my sister, and the passport had just arrived at my house.

I bought my sister a treat – she was home sick from school and put up with us calling every 10 minutes to ask if the mail was there!

Anyway, hopefully that’s the most exciting (in a negative way) thing that happens re: this trip. We leave on Sunday morning early, heading out to the airport at about 5:30am, and we land in Tokyo on Monday at 1400 local time. There’s still a ton of stuff to do tonight and tomorrow, so I’d better get to the main event of this long and rambly post!

shoulder warmer

I’ve re-photographed, re-formatted, and re-sized this little shrug that I worked up for the store – and you can buy a copy for yourself!

Top-Down Shoulder Warmer
[Rav Link]

Whether you’re new to knitting garments or just looking for a little instant gratification, this top- down shrug is the place to start! Versatile, easy to adapt and quick to knit up in worsted weight yarn. Dress it up in something slinky over a fab outfit, or throw it on over a t-shirt with your favourite jeans. This Shoulder Warmer goes with anything, anytime!

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Back Size: 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20) inches, measured across the back from armpit to armpit.
To fit bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches

Worsted weight yarn: 340 (400, 430, 475, 550, 620, 750) yards
Shown in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, size M, 2 skeins.

5mm circular needles, 24 inches or longer
5.5 m circular needles, 24 inches or longer
stitch markers
tapestry needle
waste yarn

20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on 5mm needles.

shoulder warmer, back


Download by Ravelry and payment by Paypal (registrations for both sites is not necessary).

$5.00 CAD

Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.

27 Responses to “top-down shoulder warmer”

  1. Laila

    Laura just want to wish you a wonderful trip..looking forward to your trip blogging and photos. Japan was amazing as was India..looking forward to reading and seeing things from your perspective. Bon Voyage !

  2. Lisa RR

    Have a great trip – I look forward to hearing about your global knitting adventures.

  3. Debbie

    Love the shrug. I can’t wait to see your posts from your trip! Safe travels.

  4. Bruxa

    By the time I’m leaving this comment you’ll be already flying to Tokyo. Enjoy this massive trip, and please do post photos from time to time to make us die of envy!! ;)

  5. Wendolene

    I’m so glad your passport panic had a happy end : ) How did you manage to put together another design (very sweet–I’ve got my eye on it for a birthday knit) on top of all that?

  6. julia

    Whew! Glad to hear your passport woes worked out! I hope you’ve recovered from your (possibly massive) jetlag and are enjoying the east. Have a fabulous trip!

  7. Val

    Too cute! I’d love one of these in a soft grey, classic and would go with everything! Great job!

  8. Fidyasmara

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the pictures!!!! You both look beutfiual and happy and this trip and travel suits you! The food and everything sounds great! Are you bit by the travel bug yet? I’m glad you both having a good time. Hugs


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