Rookie

I knew it this morning.  I got up (at 4am.  I can’t tell you how much I hate the lunatic who books my flights.  Hint: it is me.) and I looked at all the knitting on the chesterfield and I began to make executive decisions.  I knew what knitting I was taking, I sorted that out before I even thought about what clothes to take… I just had to decide what projects were going carry on, and which I would put in my suitcase and check.

I tossed the March socks in my bag – I’d just finished the gusset decreases, and had the better part of a foot to go, and I thought that was likely enough.  Giotto’s a very pretty pattern, but I’m not finding it quick, so the socks would carry me.
I straightened up, put the rest of the knitting in my suitcase, and had a cup of coffee.  With a little caffeine in me, I thought a little better of my plan, and added a baby sweater.  Insurance, I thought, and then I was sure.  A baby sweater and the socks?  Lots.  The baby sweater was barely started too, so that would be it for sure.  I zipped everything else into the suitcase, went to the airport, checked my bag and regretted it instantly. 

I’m underyarned.  I could tell as soon as I was parted from my other bag. I’m not sure if I couldn’t feel it because technically the bag and I were still together, and maybe that meant I was within its sphere of influence – so maybe I had the physical feeling of having enough yarn, and only when it was removed did my instincts kick in.. I don’t know.  All I know is that I finished the sock pretty promptly on the flight to Vancouver, and now I’m making short work of the baby sweater and I think I’m still about 2 hours away from being reunited with my other yarn and I’m a little worried about it. 

I might run out, and I’m surprised that after years and years and years of knitting, and years of flying a lot, that I have now, with all this experience, failed to combine the two well.  Not only do I usually have enough yarn with me, I usually have enough for unexpected delays, layovers and any other emergency.  I’m simply not into yarn risk.

This wasn’t just a mistake.  This was like taking a tired, hungry two year old to the grocery store at 5pm and walking them by the candy counter.  Like not buying wrapping tape on Christmas Eve even because you think you have lots at home. Like holding a baby while wearing a silk blouse right before you take your family portraits and not bothering to toss a receiving blanket over your shoulder.

Rookie move man.  Rookie move. 

186 thoughts on “Rookie

  1. Ouch. But dang, that is a cute baby sweater! If only you could finish it. Ouch again…

  2. You could always unravel the sweater and reknit it, just to keep your fingers busy.
    I do this a lot, although usually because of a heinous error that I made on row 2.

  3. There is no perfect amount of yarn (in carryons)… there is… Not enough. Which is a definite fail. But there is also… far too much. Where I bring projects on trips and then find I have literally no time and just carry it (be it another project, or several balls of yarn) around.. and around.. and around….
    Also, someone ought to start a chain of in-terminal yarn stores. It would make travelling a hundred times better.

  4. You’re making me think too hard about the yarn/project choices I am making for a trip to the Netherlands and Spain my hubby and I are taking next week. He promises there will be yarn shops in Europe if I run out. . . .

  5. If you ruled the world this wouldn’t be a problem because there would be a decent yarn shop (or three) on the airport concourse and then there would be more yarn come down the aisle on the drinks trolley. Tea or coffee madam? Sock yarn or worsted? Would you like some fibre with that?
    You could start with one country and we could immigrate.

  6. Where is the extra ball of sock yarn “just in case”?
    4 am – nevermind, I understand…..
    You were probably also not properly caffeinated.

  7. I simply cannot believe how fast and how much you knit. I’d love to see a photo of everything you’ve completed in the last year (even if you started it before then). It would be staggering to the rest of us. My excuse is always that I have other things in life to deal with, but I’m pretty sure you have a lot more. Wow!

  8. Take a nap. If not for yourself, then for me. Home sick with four kids who don’t want to take a nap. Boo. I’d rather be knitting.

  9. I foolishly made this mistake last week. I looked in my bag and saw a small ball of yarn, and thought, “oh, the center of my ball has pulled out” and never considered checking the rest of the ball. I was wrong, it was the entire ball of yarn. I didn’t figure it out until I was already at the pub for knit night and enviously eying up everyone else’s yarn.

  10. “underyarned” and “yarn risk” – These need to enter standard English usage right away.

  11. Your carry on yarn would have been more than sufficient for me;but, then, I am a slow knitter. Try to nap and make up for that lost sleep. You’ll feel better and have more energy when you are reunited with the rest of your yarn.

  12. That is not a good feeling… “underyarned”. So sorry!
    What is that gorgeous baby sweater pattern?

  13. When I was on my return home form Jamaica I felt like I couldn’t trust those Jamaican security people and feared that they would have me throw out my needles before boarding the flight so I safely tucked everything in my checked baggage and called it a day. It is only a 3 hour flight from Jamaica to Ottawa so I thought I would survive. haha. Once checking in and we made it to the departure area we noticed that our flight was 3 hours delayed due to snow at home! Needless to say I was wishing I had some knitting to keep my hands busy.
    I’m sure you will not make the same mistake on your flight home 🙂

  14. This is the reason there should be yarn stores located in all major airports around the world. I have been trying to figure out what to knit for my new niece/nephew due in June. I had completely forgotten about Tulip until I saw your picture in this post. It is the answer I have been looking for. Thanks! Here’s hoping the yarn lasts longer than the journey!

  15. Angry Birds or Fish Tycoon or whatever is your popular game of choice should tide you over until you get to Seattle. (Just be sure to save some knitting for the landing and wait to off load.) I’m sure your ride will have yarn for a direct infusion. If not there is always Churchmouse on the way to Port Ludlow.

  16. Ouch I hate it when I’m underyarned. I usually have to sit on my hands…. It’s the worst time you know….especially since I gave up smoking cigarettes for yarn.

  17. I don’t feel too bad now.
    This morning when loading up my school bag I thought, hmm, that should be enough knitting. Then when during my first class I was re-winding the yarn ball that fell apart I saw a problem. After that class I had a 3 hour break, then a 3 hour class where I don’t have to take many notes. That’s a minimum of 5 hours of knitting, and maybe an hour’s worth of yarn. So what did I do? Emergency run down the street to Hancock Fabric to buy Lion Brand Fisherman’s wool.

  18. Perhaps there will be some leftovers from the sweater and you could make a hat and a few wee little booties and mittens!

  19. Hmm…this sounds like a reason to especially *augment* your stash when you arrive at your destination — you know, just to be certain that you have enough yarn on the return flight!

  20. This is why I tuck two or three light weight trashy paperback novels in my carry on bag as well. They are a quick read and make me feel like at least I’m not just sitting and staring and not accomplishing something if I run out of yarn on a trip(doing the literary equivalent of watching reality tv still counts as SOMETHING – might not make me a genius but at least it’s mild brain exercise). Because heaven forbid I rest or relax for more than five minutes at a time! MUST. ALWAYS. BE. DOING!

  21. Ohhhhh, what baby sweater is that? (Oops, the nine-months pregnant lady got sidetracked for a second!)
    We definitely have to add underyarned to the dictionary. We should start a petition. Running out of knitting is a serious problem that non-knitters just don’t understand… At least not until they are sitting next to a knitter with pointy sticks, but no fiber. Then it can get ugly.

  22. Sounds like a business opportunity to me. Try to convice one of the chain stores in the airport to keep handy a supply of sock yarn and security safe needles for those who find themselves stranded without yarn. It would not need to be a big display area since desperate knitters would buy almost anything. Just think how much they could have brought in during the ash cloud ememrgency in Europe last year. Just saying.

  23. Stories like this make me want to open a chain of tiny yarn shops in airports…
    Aren’t there enough of us knitters to make that idea fly? (pun intended)

  24. Not throwing a random extra ball of yarn in the bag before heading out the door happens because then you’d have to spend forever trying to decide which one, then; sometimes you just have to get gone. Been there done that. My last flight, I finished the project about ten minutes before landing. Too close, but not like how you got stuck–sorry about that.

  25. Oh my gosh, I can only imagine how you feel. Augh!
    So tell me, why the heck don’t they have yarn shops at airports? Doesn’t anyone realize the importance of this? What’s the matter with people, anyway?

  26. I feel your pain because you can buy quite a few things in the airports these days but yarn, well, I don’t often find yarn next to the aspirin and magazines. Maybe we should start a campaign.

  27. Well crap. Did you at least bring a book? When I rule the world there will be yarn shops in all airports.

  28. This is the scariest nightmare of all for me…. NO YARN?! I think we’re on to something here about airport yarn stores…we could call it air yarn, the emergency in flight yarn store! We could even sell single needles, if you have ever happily sat down at the airport and smuggly taken out your knitting, only to realize the you only brought ONE frigging needle…I switched to circulars after that! 🙂

  29. You knit the baby sweater seamlessly with no circular needles. This why I love the blog world. Thank you Yoda.

  30. Nooo… hope the yarn lasted out. Objectively, project and spare-project ought to be enough, but really? As you said to us in London a couple of years ago, you need your emergency knitting!

  31. Immediately stash emergency sock yarn in the deepest recesses of all potential carry-on bags. How much damage could 100 g really do?

  32. Stephanie, you don’t know how lucky you are to be able to knit on board an aircraft at all! In the UK we still have to check in all knitting needles, which means I waste precious knitting hours in airports and on planes and start to twitch….

  33. How fortuitous that you will be in Vancouver which, if it is like Seattle, should afford you some splendid yarn shopping PLUS a valid excuse for acquisition. Run with it!

  34. You know they really should have a yarn shop in every airport, all over the world. They yarn shops could be subsidized by the airlines because passengers would be so much happier and compliant with delays, canceled flights and rerouting if they had something to knit in an emergency. Really, it would make the waiting around in the airport, on the tarmac and in the air so much better!

  35. Could it be because you said you were “getting good at this” in the previous post? Mind you I would have thought it plenty yarn to get where you were going. I like to take a couple of balls cobweb and an easy shawl pattern if I am away, good for our 14 hour ferry, fine if weather ok and I am not seasick.

  36. not to mention a knitter’s advice station, I mean, sometimes I forget how to do something. Full employment for knitters.

  37. I feel your pain and it’s so comforting to hear that I’m not the only person that spends more time planning & packing my knitting projects for trips than my actual clothes & toiletries. Any non-knitter would just suggest reading a book or a magazine during that time but I get the pain of sitting with idle hands.

  38. If I could knit as fast as you do, I’d need more stash… and a washer with a knit selection… and a bigger office. I doubt I’d have finished the sock…
    Wow.

  39. Stephanie,if you’re get stuck in SeaTac without yarn (so close to home!) yell, and Ill bring you a ball of smooshie. Wouldnt want a yarn deprivation emergency to happen when I could prevent it. I ususally over do it myself.

  40. I’ve always thought someone should open a yarn store in Airports…. with comfy chairs and soothing music. For just such emergencies.

  41. Stephanie,if you’re get stuck in SeaTac without yarn (so close to home!) yell, and Ill bring you a ball of smooshie. Wouldnt want a yarn deprivation emergency to happen when I could prevent it. I ususally over do it myself.

  42. Word of advice, if you fly to Mexico DO NOT try to knit on the return flight. They don’t allow knitting needles in your carry on. My husband still thinks if funny that I almost got thrown in Mexican jail because I wouldn’t let them throw away my needles.

  43. My apologies. My yarn-in-flight quantity probably spilled over into your yarn-in-flight sphere and threw your reckoning off. I took WAY too much. (I somehow believe I can knit faster if I’m moving faster in an airplane. Hasn’t worked yet.)
    That’s another Tulip sweater, isn’t it? Love the colors.

  44. I’ve done this. (I like to think I really still AM a rookie but I’ve been knitting since I was 12, and really obsessively for the last four years.) I ended up ripping the SIP back until I could turn the heel again. Because no matter how crabby I am, nor how much I want to kill myself for poor planning, turning the heel on a sock makes me feel like the most clever woman on this planet.

  45. Somebody get that woman some yarn! NOW! Maybe you should travel with an emergency pattern at the ready in your carry on. A fresh just in case skein of something with appropriate needles and pattern. I underyarned at the DR. the other day and resolved to have an emergency washcloth at the ready in my car just in case.

  46. Or perhaps the greater plan is for you to spend time on something else? Sleep? A nervous flyer sitting next to you who will be grateful for a distracting conversation? Or turbulence in which a needle might have put your eye out (yes, through the glasses), but you don’t have one in hand at the crucial moment. This too shall pass.

  47. I always seem to think I can get more done with travel time and pack way too many projects (just in case I get bored with one, I will have a few back ups)

  48. Knit more slowly. Problem solved. Poster Peggy at 3:11pm is right though: There should be yarn store in every terminal at every airport.

  49. When I encounter that problem, I just grab the closest good book — reading and knitting vie for my attention on a daily basis.
    But those colors! Are just gorgeous! I love the baby sweater pattern.

  50. I agree with the yarn shops in airports and add this; knitting/crochet lessons during layovers and delays. Just think of all the converts!
    Hope the yarn holds out.

  51. Oh my gosh !!! The agony of it !!!! Chances are your pilot won’t be willing to make a stopover so you can get yarn and you’d probably also better stay away from anyone wearing something hand knit because you know you’ll want to unravel their garment and make socks out of it:)

  52. Only you could board a flight with a half-finished pair of socks and a not-at-all finished baby sweater, and run out of things to knit (before you circumnavigate the globe). I am, once again, in awe. Maybe slow up a bit? Or, *gasp* nap on the plane? I hear other folks do it some times…

  53. Yeah, I usually tuck a “panic” skein in the corner of the bag. One of those single skeins I love but haven’t done anything with so if I truly run out of knitting I’ll have that to decide, design, and knit. It helps a little.
    Hopefully you have enough yarn left over from the sweater for baby hat, socks, etc. A matching set.

  54. Like wearing black when you have to give a very public talk using a chalkboard. 🙂
    I hope you made it to your yarn!!

  55. I love this:
    “I am underyarned.”
    V. true and you even had packed a backup project!

  56. Oooh, a lesson to us newbies, I have yet to travel very far with my knitting. Note to self: devote more carry-on to yarn than I think necessary!

  57. I like these concepts….”yarn risk” and “under-yarned”. I have quite a stash at home and quite a bit on the hoof (so to speak), but I still always feel the need to stock up. “Saving for retirement” or a huge hike in gasoline prices. I’m sure there are absolutely no yarn stores where you are going…eh?

  58. I’m flying to Africa later this week, and I’m currently scheduling projects to take for the ~18 hours travel each way. Even though part of that time will be spent sleeping, and the funny problem with my neck/shoulder means I couldn’t knit for 18 hours straight anyway, I will have a brand new shawl and a pair of colourwork mittens with me. And maybe a pair of socks. Because even if I barely work on any of them, it would be far worse to want to knit and not be able…

  59. hmmm… maybe you need to start packing some drugs or something just in case you do run out of knitting. A nice vallium or something mild. Don’t want to be too cloudy and get lost in a strange airport or left on an empty plane. Or better yet, all airplanes must have a minimal yarn stash. As long as you have dpns for socks, you are all set. (you can interpret ‘minimal’ as you wish. My ‘minimal’ is pretty large.)
    And I must have details on that stripey baby sweater. it’s beautiful!

  60. I have done every rookie thing that you mentioned, including losing my lovely silk clothes to baby spit-up the first year I was a mommy. I think being underyarned tops it because it could cause a knitter to go crazy…when it’s happened to me, I like to sit and sketch projects or rumble around on Rav for new yarn or patterns. Good luck baby, you’ll make it through!

  61. I’ll throw back some advice you gave me at Book Expo a few years back: “Laceweight, Dude.” You knit fast, but even you could knit on big lace shawl (so long as you’re not 3/4 done with the edging) and not finish (even with delays)!

  62. Why hasn’t anyone thought of opening a yarn shop in an airport…or instead of the (non) food they hand out on the flight, why can’t the attendants hand out yarn and needles or hooks?

  63. Visit the airport bar. Desperate situations call for desperate measures. Drink.

  64. I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! I’ve made all three of the mistakes you mention in your last paragraph (hungry toddler in the supermarket, silk shirt w/ spit up and not enough scotch tape), but I’ve never gotten on a plane without enough yarn to last the longest of delays.
    I was once held up for an entire night in Phoenix due to snow in Flagstaff (hard to believe there was a 70 degree demp difference, but there was) and I STILL had enough yarn.
    C’mon, man!

  65. I, too, have found myself underyarned. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve actually frogged entire sections and re-knit them just so I don’t find myself with nothing to knit. Trust me – it is safer for everyone that way.

  66. I know what you mean. I always bringat least three knitting projects worth of yarn with me. On one trip I planned only to bring my Lady Eleanor project as I had barely started it and we were only going for a long weekend. My husband asked if I was sure I had enough yarn with me. I began to doubt myself. The next thing I knew, I had three projects worth of yarn in my bag.

  67. Quick! Someone find out what airport she is at and bring her some yarn!
    Until then. Try,try,try to knit slow. I know,I know but if all else fail just try to.
    I hope you have no delays and can be reunited with your yarn soon.

  68. Well, I’m flying to South Africa again this summer, and there is simply no way to take enough yard OR books to last the flight legs from Syracuse to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Johannesburg. And I’m not even talking about the flight from Jo’burg to Port Elizabeth, ’cause it’s short! Of course, by the end of the flight, you’re lucky that someone is there at the airport to meet you and escort you to a place to rehab your brain. Has to be simple knitting to fly 16-17 hours on ONE of the legs!

  69. It looks like a tulip sweater. Maybe that applied i-cord will take longer than you think. If it’s not a tulip, maybe you should just add some applied i-cord to extend it’s life. 🙂

  70. Coffee or not, my brain doesn’t function well enough to make those decisions before at least 10am. You have my sympathies!!

  71. Perhaps yarn push carts that could cover multiple concourses in the terminals…womaned (or manned) by knitters with basic yarns and needles/hooks…or, better yet, have the airlines provide skeins in their airline colors with needles to produce swatches to put together and donate to needy countries…just thinking…

  72. I hope that writing the blog post used enough time to avoid yarn withdrawal – and that you were reunited with your other bag before serious symptoms set in. Since this is Sock Camp (not Sock Summit), you’ll have plenty of time to knit – in between yarny shenanigans.

  73. I wish I had been in the seat next to you, you could have finished up all of my projects as well (I would then lie and take all the credit)! 🙂

  74. Now I’m stressed. I’m taking a trip next week, and I felt confident; but now I think I will bring a very large knitting bag with at least 4 big projects. Thank you for the warning.

  75. And this is why airports should have yarn stores, haha. Or at least yarn vending machines, like the electronics vending machines they have now. Out of yarn? Swipe your credit card and some emergency Malabrigo will be yours in seconds! If only!

  76. In violin playing, there is something called “saving bow” which is when you move the bow very slowly across the string during a long note,so as not to run out of bow before the note is finished. If you run out of bow, you can’t just start doing, say, an upbow when everyone else in the orchestra is on a downbow. That would look awful and the conductor would not be happy. And you might even get fired from the orchestra. So maybe you could apply this to your knitting. You haven’t got much left to do on the baby sweater, so you’re going to have to make it last a long time. Knit slowly, stop every few rows to gaze out the window, have a coffee, read if you brought a book. You must not run out of yarn before the end of your flight!

  77. Between reading the post and reading the comments, I had a brilliant idea. There should be yarn shops in airports. Amazing how many of us think alike!

  78. About 25 yrs ago there was yarn shop in Denver, it went out of business. Knitting hadn’t taken off as it is now.
    I never run out of yarn on my trips, only don’t have the right needles.

  79. Steph, by the time you “shuffle off this mortal coil,” you’ll have coined as many new words as Shakespeare ;)! Now I’m going to have to go and check the Tulip baby sweater pattern on Ravelry… Have a blast at Sock Camp and I hope you are reunited with your luggage soon, Best, randomknitter

  80. So why hasn’t anyone come up with the airport yarn shop? What about in-flight yarn shop? What’s up with that? Even a complete knitting project for the airport shops. Come on, what’s up with that?

  81. Yes, I think sleeping is a good idea. If you’re well rested, you’ll be able to knit extra fast once you’re reunited with the rest of your yarn.
    By the way, I’m showing this post to the next person who thinks I’m crazy for bringing so much yarn in my carry-on. So you have not suffered in vain.

  82. do you like to read? i usually carry a book stashed in with my knitting. it helps! 🙂

  83. Definitely time to smell the roses, or the aviation equivalent. Maybe if you watch the movie AND knit, the knitting will go slower? Or probably not. Or if you really must knit, make a mistake, don’t notice it for 25 rows, and then unknit back to the mistake.
    Happy trails.

  84. Did you know that there are more knitters in the world than golfers? One sees a plethera of golf magazines on the stands, and souvineer golf balls and tees in the trinket shops. But knitting magazines? NO! Yarn and needles? NO! There is something seriously wrong with this whole setup. I’m with the rest of those who posted that airports need small yarn shops and I would proudly patronize such shops.

  85. I agree with everyone who says this is exactly why we need yarn stores in airports. That way we can experience a new mental dialogue: “You know, $30 for a skein of cascade 220 really isn’t THAT bad….”

  86. And this is exactly why I plan on packing an entire suitcase of yarn when I go on a week-long cruise in July. After six months of not being able to knit (taking education certification classes that will end the last of June), I will be due.
    Thanks for providing the justification I’m going to need when the hubster starts complaining.

  87. I just stopped packing to read your blog. Now I am staring at 12 WIP’s and thinking it would be best to just go swift something new, search a pattern and swatch, just to be safe Packing can wait. Besides, I am going to a civilized part of the world with yarn stores for the flight home.

  88. You don’t know this, but you saved me once from such a fate.
    Flying to my parent’s from Texas to California I once took a sock to finish on the plane and as I was checking my bag I grabbed a ball of bulky wool and your cowl pattern as insurance and stuffed it in my carry-on.
    I finished the sock on the way to my stopover in Phoenix. Then while sitting there they delayed the plane. So feeling a bit twitchy I pulled out the wool and the cowl pattern, cast on, and got going. They announced another hour delay… I called my dad to let him know the plane was late and kept knitting. Then they announced that the reason for the delay was that the plane was broken and they had to fly in a new plane for us. And then they said it would be 2 more hours. Children started to wail. Adults were cursing, and I sat and serenely knitted. By the time I got to LA (5 hours late) I had more than half of the cowl knitted.
    So once upon a time your pattern saved a stranded knitter. Take solace in that. I am sure the knitting gods will smile upon you.

  89. You must knit very fast! I am taking your class in June at Squam, hope you can teach me that fast.

  90. Wow! 111 comments and so far, NO ONE has asked what airline you fly because they didn’t know knitting needles were allowed on planes. Your last post on this must have finally gotten the word out. Thank you.

  91. Have you ever had trouble flying with knitting needles in a carry-on bag? I’m traveling out of country soon and i don’t want them to take my needles away from me at the airport!

  92. DESIGN. Any piece of paper (napkins, the back of a pattern printout) and a pen, and you can begin designing a new project. I find that keeps me well occupied when I have no knitting available.

  93. Some of those airport shops sell dental floss. . .but I’m sure you didn’t put the right size needles in your carry on!

  94. I know the feeling. To be anywhere without about twice enough yarn. It’s like being naked. You can buy a toothbrush just about anywhere, but yarn, that requires an LYS and there simply not enough of them.
    (And to know there’s plenty of yarn in the plane, but you just can’t have it… torture.)
    Rookie, but at 4 AM, it’s almost forgivable.
    P.S. Could that be a baby tulip sweater in the best possible color combo ever?

  95. That’s terrifying (and frustrating for not having clearly heard that little voice that was telling you it wasn’t enough.) No amount of beautiful yarn at your destination makes up for having lost the time in-flight. I’ve always erred on the side of (ridiculously) over-packing for both the travel and the stay. With this scenario burned into my brain now, I guess I’ll continue to do so…

  96. I’m so using the “underyarned” argument the next time my husband questions my paypal purchases! Thanks, YH!

  97. If you have a darning needle, you can start on those ends:) I’m never underyarned when I fly thesedays, as I always have my toddler in tow, but I did get a newborn toque knit while he was sleeping once!

  98. I made a similar mistake on a recent trip to Disneyland. I only packed socks (because I had just cast on the first one) and reasoned that that would do, because really… during the day (flights included) I’d be so busy wrangling children that I wouldn’t have much time to knit. It was mostly for the evenings in the hotel, once the kids were asleep. All this was true… I didn’t have any problem at all with the yarn. I did however, fail to pack a spare set of dpn’s, so of course, one of them grew legs and wandered off halfway through our hotel stay. Perhaps the chambermaid desperately needed one?
    Suffice to say, the return flight with no knitting, no book and a broken seat back tv was a total crapfest. 🙁

  99. I can see it now, shared lockers at airports. All those who have a key donate yarn, flyable needles, stitch markers etc., and can pick up emergency supplies when needed. Reading this made me feel lost and stuck and yarn-needy.

  100. I LOVE you. You have coined my new favorite word: UNDERYARNED
    Also – we the fans will be needed a detailed post about what you bring back with you to knit on the return flight. Maybe 2 Bohus sweaters, entrelac socks, and a tam knit on 0000 needles?

  101. You need to fly to Australia – you could probably finish Joe’s Gansey on that flight!

  102. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Everybody does it sometimes. Be thankful you didn’t have any delays to make the trip even longer, that would have been tragic.

  103. Totally unrelated, but have you seen this site http://www.wordcount.org/main.php. Put in a word to see how often it’s used and what’s near it in terms of frequency of use in English. Knitting comes in at 4969, next few words after it read: “knitting explosion scarcely promises Canadian habits”. Not sure what it means, but I thought of you.

  104. Underyarned definitely needs to be added to the dictionary. Yesterday, Greg Kinnear was on the Ellen DeGeneres show and I thought of you!

  105. The most shocking thing about your post? Seeing that sweater on straight needles! I remembered you prefer straights fom a post a long time ago about knitting a shawl entirely on straight needles, but seeing it was surprising!

  106. I’m adding underyarned and yarn risk to my vocabulary. I also think yarnxious could be a word when you’re anxious about yarn. I panic a bit when I bring a fiddley project with me and then it turns out the only way I can do any knitting is if it’s easy peasy!

  107. I do the same what-do-I-pack dance with cameras and lenses when I go on a trip–when the yarn dance is added, it makes me just want to stay home. Then, every time we leave the hotel room, I do the dance again–it’s exhausting. You’d think I’d get it right once in a while, but no I always leave something I wish I had.

  108. I feel for you. Returning from Mexico two weeks ago security wouldn’t let me take my knitting needles on board the aircraft. Luckily I was able to check my carry-on bag. $30.00 is not to much to pay to save 4 Addi circular needles, 2 sets of bamboo double points and a few other miscellaneous sharp things. I had a book in my purse that carried me though that initial flight.

  109. Couple of ideas – could you sketch a new design/pattern while waiting? Or, how about asking a store for some spare plastic bags and making plarn – and knit a swatch? Desperate times call for desperate measures. Safe travels.

  110. Thanks for this cautionary tale. I’ve got an 18-hour transit Saturday (I’m going to Hawaii, don’t hate me) and I’ve been pondering on just how much knitting I need to bring with me. Sounds like it should be WAY more than I think I need.

  111. Oh that’s funny. And I’m all about traveling light when I’m traveling locally. The lightest project is the one that comes with me. But on a plane? I know it’s highly unlikely that I’ll finish a project so it’s just got to be something that can sit with me through layovers, a night or two o’ boredom. That’s it. And I need room in my luggage for new finds. Which is what’s going to happen in NYC. Making room for fabric!

  112. It’s wonderful to know there are knitting comrades out there that understand the need to be properly “yarned”. Enough yarn, enough needles, enough easy peasy vs. I HAVE to concentrate, enough variety to not get bored… My family does not understand the need for 2 projects with me at all times!

  113. I agree with Sarah…you can buy magazines and books and iPods and every electronic device and accessory known to man in airports—why not a nice little LYS…or, can’t you just imagine a vending machine with all the necessities just like they do for the business travelers??
    Someone should go for this!

  114. I’m with Andrea. And once you’ve designed adorable little booties to match the sweater, you could write up the pattern. Surely that will get you through to baggage claim!

  115. Ok, that sucks. When you’ve returned to the world of yarn and the living, you gotta give us the details on that Tulip sweater – I’m loving the colors! 🙂

  116. Your dilemna would never happen to me, as I am such a slow knitter! I can’t believe how fast you knit.
    I love the baby sweater! I like the suggestion for matching baby booties if you have enough yarn.

  117. You know, I often look up at those lovely fleecy, pure white clouds in the sky and remark to my family (who think I’m mad),’Wouldn’t that be lovely to spin?’ Next time just pack a spindle and when you’re up there in the clouds and have raced through your projects (that would take me 3 months), just lean over and grab a nice handful of cirrus to spin …..

  118. I feel your pain. I try to plan carefully for my 24 hour trips overseas and you know what? I’ve found there IS life without needles in my hands. Not always a pretty sight, but I’ve survived. Seems when I over-pack I don’t get anything done! LIFE and LIVING!

  119. love the colors of your sweater—please share the details. yarn stores in airports, the only solution!

  120. I’m going on a trip in May for 5 weeks and am already thinking about the knitting, but am not at all worried about the clothing. The luggage will be minimalist which means no large purchases either (fortunately, there’s always overseas shipping!). I’m leaning toward the fine yarn and complicated pattern scenario and something that I can wear when I’m done. Duplicate pattern instructions. Extra needles in case the airline won’t let me take them carry-on. Etc.
    All of this completely ignores the fact that other than the airplane (overnight, so I’ll be mostly sleeping), I’ll be moving around a lot and probably won’t have much time to knit!

  121. Considering your days are going to be well booked, if, on the off chance you run out of yarn things to do while traveling, thank whoever was watching out for you and know that this will give you at least a few minutes to nap/relax/get ready for what is to come next. And on the return trip, pack everything except yarn in your checked bag.

  122. That joke about $30 for Cascade 220 isn’t far from the truth given the prices at airports. How about an LYS pushcart? Needles, small collection of basic colors, a few copies of Piecework magazine, some basic pattern leaflets, and LESSONS! If you were stuck with a delay you could sit at the feet of the teacher and get a one-on-one private lesson for something that had been bugging you but you never quite got to. LYS’s could sign up to be on-call for airport emergency situations. It could be worked out between them, don’t you think?

  123. I knit slowly enough that I’ve never had this problem. Books, however… oh, man, I know the feeling. The remaining pages steadily decreasing, apparently faster than the plane is flying, the feeling of impending doom. I try to read more slowly (can you knit more slowly, savouring every stitch as if it were the last one?). My smartphone is my salvation, I keep backup books on that for emergency use. I need never be without a book – if the battery runs low, I have a Power Monkey! With a solar panel! Books!
    Emergency Emergency back up: I have a spindle and some silk. I take it everywhere, just in case.

  124. If you are a fast reader, and don’t want to pack several books (even paperbacks start to add up in weight and space displacement) look into getting a Kindle. Small, thin, and it holds a zillion books! And the price is pretty reasonable, too.

  125. Wow, I have to say that I too would have thought that half a sock AND a baby sweater would do it — you’re really rocking along today!
    Do you have enough leftovers from the sweater that perhaps a matching hat is feasible? I see that you’ve got straights, but a hat could be knit flat and seamed, OR you could double-knit it (I’d recommend from the top down, as increases are way easier than decreases in double knitting).
    Or something little involving the sock yarn? Back when I had a toddler, I frequently got an entire pair of toddler socks out of my leftovers from a pair of socks for myself, so that might be a possibility if you have an appropriate recipient. Or they could be ornamental socks.

  126. Always comforting to read that I’m not the only obsessive/undecisive suitcase packer when it comes to knitting projects and supplies. Get that Kindle! Not only will it hold books to read, but tons of knitting patterns in PDF format. My last flight (complete with 2 hour delay) was stress free with all I had to do 🙂

  127. Has anybody knit the Tulip (as a baby sweater) in sock yarn?
    Just thinking how cool it would be to knit it with my leftover sock yarn, of which I have a lot, but haven’t made a baby sweater in so long, not sure how to make the transition from Aran to Sock.

  128. I carry extra needles in my tool bag, my iTouch with patterns & games & books, and extra yarn, too. (a little anal about boredom, am I!?

  129. Love the color choices on the Tulip Sweater! I’ve made 2 – one for my littlest girl and one for my boy and I think they’re my favorite thing I’ve knit for either.

  130. It’s so reassuring to know that other knitters who travel plan their knitting projects prior to packing their clothes. If I ran out of knitting projects on a trip, I think I would hyper-ventilate during my overwhelming panic!!! I usually take a book for backup, but running out of knitting is cause for extreme distress. My warmest thought go to you as you face this possibility….

  131. That’s more scary than a horror double feature!! I’d have a LOT more sympathy if you weren’t flying to Tina’s- the Willie Wonka of yarn. I am dealing with LYS withdrawal right now, so I’m more jealous than anything.
    Safe flight and have fun at sock camp.
    Aloha,
    Lisa Louie
    Kahului, Maui

  132. I’m freaking out because it took WEEKS for me to finish my Tulip Sweater, and you are clearly going to finish in one flight!! I love those colors — did you get another kit at Lettuce Knit? Or did you break down and buy lots of Dream in Color Yarn? Please share details.

  133. I’m trying to make sure I have plenty of knitting with me on an upcoming trip, but I’m not so experienced at planning the knitting based on available time. I keep telling myself that I at least have a book (or 10) if I run out.

  134. Sarah, you are so right, I too have thought there ought to be a yarn store in every large terminal. My airport is tiny-2 gates. You get Upstairs Gate or Downstairs Gate. And yet, there was a freestanding Buffalo Gold fiber kiosk full of bison down and yarn and knitting needles. I stood there and ran my hands over the glass, wishing so badly I could buy some. It was sad.

  135. Boy that made me laugh about not bringing enough yarn on the plane. I just returned from a 14 hour plane trip followed by a 4 hour one to Vancouver. I packed 4 knitting projects from high concentration to low concentration projects. I couldn’t settle to anything for long and kept switching from one to the other.

  136. I’m all nervous for you.. the thought of being separated from my yarn makes me hyperventilate, and I’m at home within arms reach of my stash…

  137. I hope there’s an entrepreneur reading this who jumps at the airport yarn shop idea. Obviously, there is an untapped opportunity here. “Have Yarn, Will Travel”?

  138. I sympathize, Tulip tends to go pretty quick. I finished one in a day or so while driving to the mountains.

  139. Just saw the photo of the completed baby sweater, it’s beautiful. Could you post a link to the pattern? I have a coworker who just had a little girl, and I think we’ve toxed her out on pink. The sweater you made looks like it would be a perfect antidote.
    Thanks,
    Ruth

  140. I’m hoping the latest Tweet indicates you were NOT in fact underyarned. (Very good word to add to the OED.) Is overstashed: 1. possible? and 2. in the OED (or should be)?

  141. I agree with the poster who suggested yarn shops in airports! Hope the rest of your trip goes well!

  142. I have a 45 minute train ride into the city of Chicago, now I am afraid I am underyarned. I hope one pair of socks will last both ways. I feel your distress.

  143. I plan on knitting while I travel this weekend as well. Thank the fates for your (unfortunate) rookie move, because I will also bring lots of knitting with me, when I wasn’t planning to… It is beter to be safe then sorry
    *Looks around notices hubby reading over her shoulder and shaking his head when he reads about bringing more knitting*
    What! You can never be to prepared, I don’t wanna hear it Mr. Pack all the computers and hard drives (when clearly we don’t use them.)
    Anyway, so sorry about your unfortunate rookie mistake, but I am sure you will have enough knitting on the return trip home. Oh, and I almost forgot, I LOVE the socks.

  144. If you have some dental floss, you could knit that into something! They sell it at the little shops in the airport so you could buy all they have and knit up a little somethin somethin 😉

  145. But you had a book, right?
    I’m the other way round – because I knit slowly, I don’t need to carry a lot of yarn. (In seven weeks of being in New Zealand and Australia, I only needed one skein of sock yarn.) But I read rather quickly, so taking enough reading is always a problem. Believe me, books weigh a lot more than yarn!
    I dislike flying, and I hate airports, I feel like they’re bad shopping centres (malls) particularly designed to bore you and make you despair at the conformity of western capitalism. I like the suggestion of some other commenters that there should be yarn shops in airports – but I bet if there were, they’d be just as bad as airport bookshops are, so they’d be full of novelty yarn and acrylic!
    I am glad that I can mostly avoid flying – you take planes an awful lot! Being in Europe, I can use trains and ferries more, so all my luggage is carry-on! But out of curiosity I just looked up how long it takes trains to get from Toronto to Vancouver – four days is a lot of knitting time…
    (And I saw the picture of the finished baby sweater, very pretty!)

  146. I’m laughing good and hard on a day I needed a good laugh, so thank you, dear lady! 🙂

  147. Seriously, why has no one ever put yarn stores in airports?! They would sell even to people who don’t yet know how to knit, but suddenly realize what they’ve been missing all these years. Even if one of the regular newsstand kiosks sold a bit of yarn on the side I’m sure it would sell. I’ve been in the position where–stuck in an airport and desperate—I’ve have bought ANY yarn, even ugly yarn!! Good luck on the rest of your trip!

  148. Love the sweater; it’s adorable!
    And I can identify with knitting the same pattern again and again. I knit hats for the local rescue mission for the last few years, and I don’t even have to look at the pattern any more. I know exactly which size needles to use for Vanna’s Choice and which to use for Red Heart. My goal is to knit 24 by Dec. 1st. Good warm weather projects for Maryland.
    We went to Disney World last October and though I took several knitting projects and an easy cross-stitch one, I didn’t pick up anything that whole time. By the time we got back to our room each night, I was too dog-tired to do anything but read a little bit and then go to bed. First time that’s ever happened.

  149. What I do is (nearly always) pack a couple of skeins of sock yarn and matching sock needles…Just. In. Case.
    In addition to the WIPs, I mean. It’s very soothing to know I have it. (Not that the anxiety goes away entirely, but I feel safer.)

  150. I just don’t know why the airlines don’t stock the beverage cart with yarn. It’s not like they have peanuts in that thing taking up all the room anymore.

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