When a trip to somewhere comes up my brain instantly starts calculating the amount of knitting time. This is then assessed together with the probable level of distractions during knitting (can I bring a lace project or should I go for garter?) work space available (full airplane or spaceous ship cabin? one yarn only or multicolour projects?) and possibilities for getting knitting supplies on the go.
Because of this I usually end up with a lace project, a garter project and a couple of things in between. And extra yarn, lots of needles, tape measures and pattern notes. After the episode of the rolling ball of yarn where the (very kind) man in the seat behind me on the plane gently tapped my shoulder asking if the yarn he found on the floor was attached to my knitting (it was) and if I wanted it back (yes please) I’ve kept my travel knitting in a drawstring bag. Then I can keep everything there, place it closed on the floor and just let the yarn run through the still closed opening of the bag as I’m working. So I am after all getting better at planning my travel knits. Time to go minimalistic.
This time I thought it would be easy. A two-flight travel there one day, and same way back the next. Absolutely no time to knit at my destination, as that time was destined for meetings and sleep. The first is necessary to make yarn money, the other for …well, I just don’t do well without it.
So I started a baby jacket. Sock yarn, small needles. No emergency project, no extra equipment besides tape measure and pattern (February Baby Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann). I had started it at home and had finally gotten the hung of the lace pattern that I have messed up and ripped back at previous attempts of this design. I paid close attention to the repeats. It was flowing along. I was happy when the captain announced that we had to circle over the airport waiting for them to clear the runway for snow. (By the surprise in his voice you’d think we were somewhere else, but snow in Norway in December happens. I should have known that too). I was really getting into the rhytm of the pattern and was glad not to be interrupted. The extra 45 minutes got me a good way down on the body of the jacket. So did the extra hour in transit due to next plane being delayed due to mentioned snowfall. I consulted a colleague with small kids about the size of the jacket and was happy when she advice me to add an inch to the length. Got off second flight at my destination with edging started, desperately thinking if I had any time window in which I could go yarn hunting. No way.
When the flight back was delayed from airport due to late incoming plane due to…(no, not snowfall. Frozen fog). I started thinking seriously about creative alternatives. I only needed two small dpns and then the rest of the yarn coud be used for matching socks. Toothpicks? Too short. Luckily I had forgotten putting in a buttonhole. Great, rip back, more knitting. Ready for sleeves. I never thought I’d make it that far. Didn’t bring any dpns. The fiddliness of doing it with a nonmagic loop of two very short circs slowed down the knitting considerably. Phew.
Transfer time too short to bring out knitting due to previous delay. Also too short to get food so a sandwich and a beer was consumed on the plane in order to save my precious knitting entertainment. Thought about sleeve mods. Lengthened sleeve. Started the second. More fiddling, but now I had the hung of it. When I got home I had this.
3 inches of a baby jacket sleeve away from not having anything to knit. Never again.