Is it normal
to spend more time worrying about how I am going to bring the appropriate number and type of knitting projects on an upcoming business trip than the actual business of the trip itself? I mean, really, I have a carry on full of clothes etc that will go in the overhead compartment or will be checked gateside depending on the size of the plane. But, I also should bring the laptop from work so I can at least look like I am working. Which really means that I will not be able to bring a separate knitting bag. However, I just know that the flight will provide some sensational knitting time. Uninterupted knitting time. Perfect for the shawl that won't knit itself. On the other hand, I have a car ride out to a customer that is 1-1/2 hours each way in which I will NOT be driving. Again, perfect knitting time. For something simple. The tank or a sock. The choices are staggering here. I could also start the felted bag. It would appear that the knitting karma is reversing again, and I feel it would be prudent to start another new project. Just in case the others on hold in the basket felt they might possibly be picked up again. We wouldn't want them to get optimistic or anything. But, the bag is a stranded projects, and I don't think I want to juggle 2 balls in the car. So, strike the bag. Which brings me back to socks or the tank. Tank Pros
- Completely portable
- Yarn is already wound in compact balls.
- I know the pattern and won't have to pull it out much to consult.
- Circular needles can't get lost.
- A fast knit now that there are fewer stitches per row.
- I think I know the pattern and this increases the likelihood that I will make a mistake of gartantuan proportions necessitating starting over. Again.
- Worsted Weight yarn = more space in suitcase.
- A fast knit requiring that I bring more extra yarn along. See the dilema at the top of this post.
- Very small.
- Completely portable.
- I don't need a pattern (does this set off alarms bells for anyone else or are they just in my head?).
- I will get to use either the Koigu or the Schaeffer that I have wound up already. Yum.
- The odds that I will finish an entire sock on the trip are minimial so I will only need the one ball of yarn.
- It's really hot in Texas and these won't sit on my lap.
- DPNs can get lost.
- After all of the swatching and lusting after Vintage Socks, I feel like I have lost the fever for socks.