as any knitter knows, our priorities are very different to those of non-knitters. non-knitters, when faced with a transatlantic trip of over two weeks, would be focusing on packing the essentials – clothing, toiletries, & all the other odds & ends that one might need to survive two weeks away from the comforts of home. knitters, on the other hand? well, we focus on the survival essentials as well – but our essentials are slightly different.
essential #1: will my finished-just-in-time, brand-new-summer-lace-shawl, blocked-this-morning-and-still-pinned-to-the-bed, dry in time for me to wear it on the plane tomorrow?
caricia shawl from knitspot.com, in handmaiden mini maiden, colourway “bronze”
essential #2: will my planned-for-weeks, endlessly-big-holiday-knitting-project-on-tiny-needles, swatched-with-love-and-care, actually keep me going for the whole two weeks, or should i pack a couple of skeins of sock yarn as well? (answer – yes. pack the sock yarn, just in case.)
essential #3: will the security folk, for the love of elizabeth zimmermann, will they oh will they… let me take my knitting on the plane??? (i’ll let you know.)
now that the essentials are taken care of, i’ll see if i can find some room in my bags for a few clothes – after all, i’ll need to leave some room for the yarn i’m bound to bring back with me….
it’s all a question of priorities, you know.