Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Yarn on a Plane

I'm back from my trip home. I was able to get some knitting done while I was gone too. The hard part was determining the best project to take. I had to think about all the places that I might get the opportunity to knit. With all those places in mind, I decided that I had to have something that was convenient to carry and easy to pick-up and put down.

So, I decided to take some skeins of Kureyon and get some more squares for Lizard Ridge Afghan I started at the end of last year completed. I was able to knit up seven squares while I was gone. I was pretty please with that progress considering all the other stuff that was going on around me. Plus I've never been a good knitter in a crowd. I always sit my project down and end up talking more that knitting.

I had no problem taking my knitting needles on the plane. I didn't try to take any other notions, scissors, or yarn cutters, just my addi Turbo needles and yarn. Apparently my unopened bottle of water was more of a threat than pointy metal sticks. I had to throw the water away - but the needles were okay. I took an envelope and postage stamps with me just in case they tried to make me throw the needles away too.

I didn't realize how much I spread out at home when knitting until I tried to take the show on the road. I have "knitting" chair and little table at home. All my stuff gets spread out everywhere. But on the plane I had to keep everything close and tight next to me so I didn't disturb my seat mate. That was kind of awkward at first. But I am glad to be home and have my "space" back.


Getting these squares going again was great. Now I really want to get this afghan finished. I'm getting very close. I only have four more squares to make before I'll begin putting them all together. I'm going to to have to decide what color to use around the edging - but I'll probably wait on that until I can lay all the squares out and arrange them. I'll get a better idea of the overall color that way.

One of the most fun things about my trip was getting my mom interested in knitting again. I got her some yarn and the pattern for some felted clogs. She was already in to the second one when I left. I can't wait to see them finished. I've also have a couple more things from my stash to send her for future projects. It's fun having a new knitting friend.

16 comments:

Julie said...

Only 4 squares left? Way to go! Can't wait to see the finished blanket.

Sue J. said...

Beautiful squares! What an accomplishment it will be to say you finished Lizard Ridge. Glad you had a good time on your trip and that your Mom is knitting again.

knittygurl said...

The squares are amazing! Can't wait to see the afghan in all its finished glory. :) And it's so sweet that you and your mom bonded over yarn!

Bezzie said...

Oh how exciting! Only 4 left! I can't wait til you lay it all out!

Way to chuck out seven on your trip--dang!!!

cpurl17 said...

Wow! You're so close! It's going to be so pretty.


And I still have a pile of Noro sitting in the corner

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Those squares look fabulous! Great job...only four left!! Can't wait to see the entire think...its going to be gorgeous!

gilraen said...

I love Lizard Ridge as a pattern. I'm so looking forward to seeing yours finished. :)


BTW A Parcel arrived this morning ;) :)

elizabeth said...

I'm trying to get my mom back into knitting or at least crocheting, and I think she wants to but she's doesn't want to offend her husband. Isn't that NUTS?!?!

Your afghan looks great; I especially like the purple/brown/fuschia square!

Jessica said...

You know, at first I didn't really like the Lizard Ridge. Maybe because of the itchy Kureyon. The more I see it though, the more I like it. Congrats on four squares left!

Monika said...

Wow, the squares look great. I love the colores and I'm sure the blanket will be sensationell! Only 4 more to go! Yeah! I got my mom knitting again as well! She's just knitting scarfs right now, but she's happy with it! She didn't knit for decades, now we all are knitting crazy! ;o)

Zonda said...

They are looking really good! I especially like the last one on the right! Can't wait to see it all! :)

angelarae said...

Glad you got to take your needles on the plane. Sounds like you had a good trip.

Ang

ladylinoleum said...

I love knitting (and crocheting) while traveling. Totally uninterrupted plane needleworking is the best!

I travel a lot and I've found that my notions are more of threat when overseas and traveling back to the US than anything else. My little scissors were confiscated in Auckland last year. Otherwise, no issues, especially when flying within the US.

Nice squares!

Alisha said...

I love the squares. Those lizard blankets look so fantastic when done...you'll never wanna come out from under it all curled up cosy!!

Dipsy said...

Oh yummy - these squares look so beautiful in these rich and awesome colors!
Ahhh, I'm jealous here! Lucky you for being allowed to take needles on planes! Here in Europe, at least with the Mid- and South European airlines that I've been flying with in the past 1, 2 years, we don't have any chance whatsoever taking our knitting with us on board - not even with bamboo needles ;( Duh!!! I'm always thinking what a lot of knitting could get done while I'm hanging in the plane and boring myself to tears - but alas, no chance here ;(((

Virtuous said...

I am doing the Lizard Ridge too!

I can't wait to see your F.O.~