This lovely pattern has come with me on many a trip since I started it, on our way to Rome a year ago. I was in no hurry to complete it, as it's my second Imogen Tee (this time, though, I made it long sleeved), so for a year now I've worked on it, mostly during trips. It's been the perfect knitting companion: an interesting front lace panel to keep the attention, and lots of straightforward stockinette suitable for traveling. As our travel progressed and the "frost flower" stitch pattern bloomed, it also sparked some conversation with people who saw me working on it. Oddly, they were mostly men (in fact, I can't recall a single time woman commenting on it). I remember a North African man sitting across the isle from me on a train, who stared at my hands knitting away, and then timidly asked questions: was knitting difficult? Did I make the pattern up as I went along? Then there was an elderly bearded Italian who was astonished to see that anyone was still taking the time and trouble to hand-make a sweater. There was also a jolly Italian man living in France who sat right next to me, and asked what I was making, how long it would take me to complete it, and then advised me to keep on knitting, so I wouldn't happen to glance up and be shocked by the gruesome move he was watching on his laptop.
This sweater is now complete, and it arrived at its destination. I'm almost sorry to have lost my traveling companion, if that makes any sense. But then, wearing it finally, with all those trips and memories woven into it, is a beautiful way to start a new stage of our journey together.
Traveling sweater on Ravelry