plane knitting

As every knitter knows, the most difficult packing task is deciding on the knitting – how many projects, how much yarn, and what if you need that tool you hardly ever use? What if you RUN OUT OF YARN?

When packing for TNNA this is compounded by the fact that it’s a needlecraft industry show and nearly everyone you meet is a knitter, or at least knows a lot about yarn! So your knitting projects are on display and everyone is looking and touching. The pressure is on! (Just kidding, fellow TNNA-ers. You’re all awesome and non-judgey.)

I packed cashmere.


A plainish pullover in some silvery grey Handmaiden 4ply 100% cashmere. Canadian representation, easy to knit while chatting and drinking, and oh-so-amazing. I got a good chunk of the sweater done while I was away. My only concern is that I only have 5 skeins of the yarn, and they’re only 50g each! I’ve knit a sweater in this yarn before, and I used 6 last time – but cashmere grows a fair amount with washing and wearing, and I think for this little sweater I should be fine. I’m almost up to the underarm with just 2 skeins, and the 3/4 sleeve I finished this week at home took about 40g. By my calculations, I’ll have about 70g, or more than 25% of the total yarn to use for the yoke. The second sleeve is my toss-in-my-bag knitting now.

Cashmere part 2 was my peacock feathers shawl:

peacock feathers

If you’ve been reading this blog awhile, you miiiight remember that I originally started this shawl on my big trip to Asia in early 2009. Although looking back through my archives, I can’t remember if I actually posted about it. Anyway, I worked on it a bit then, and a bit when I got home, but then I put it down in favour of worky design stuff and because I didn’t really have the knitting energy left over to work on a project that requires a little more concentration and a lot of chart reading.

I’ve decided that I will get this shawl off the needles soon, preferably earlier rather than later, so I took it for the 5 hour plane rides between Toronto and LAX. I figured I might actually put in some time on it, and I managed to get through about 1.5 of the charts. I was even able to watch some movies on the plane and knit the shawl at the same time.

There are 7 charts for the body of the shawl, and then a big edging one. I’m about halfway through chart 6, and while the end might not quite be in sight yet, at least it’s looking like I’ll be able to finish it! I’m knitting it in some laceweight cashmere that I bought a couple of Rhinebecks ago, on 2.25mm needles. The pattern calls for 3.5mm, but I want it to be smaller than 88″ across the top. So far it looks like it isn’t going to be enormous, so I’m pleased.

But it might be difficult to keep working away on this since I came back with so much lovely yarn that is tempting me towards some new projects.

sock yarn

fingering weight

ooooh yarn




7 responses to “plane knitting”

  1. Stacey Avatar

    Love your pullover!
    I agree- packing for a trip is the hardest part! You don’t want to overpack, but the consequences for underpacking are disastrous… unless you’re headed somewhere with a good yarn store!
    I recently spent a month in Australia, and ran out of yarn 4 days before leaving. Not bad- but there wasn’t any knitting on the 20 hour flight home!

  2. Cory Ellen Avatar

    Packing is definitely tricky! Once, during a one-week trip to Chicago, I only packed enough yarn to make one sleeve for a cabled sweater because I figured it would take me all week. Two days later, I finished it and started panicking because I didn’t have anything else to work on. Luckily, I was with a knitting friend who understood my plight, and we went to a fiber show to get me back on track with some sock yarn.
    Love the grey cashmere. The new yarn looks really lovely too!

  3. kingshearte Avatar

    I love that pile at the bottom. You picked those out for me, right?

    The shawl looks great, though, and the sweater nice and cozy.

  4. Lsmith Avatar

    Great post! I never thought about taking a knitting project on a plane ride – great idea. And those are some really beautiful yarns, it’s great to be inspired by the material you’re using before you even start your project.

  5. Maryse Avatar

    Most be such a treat to knit cashmere! Lovely new yarn! I’m really onto prune these days…

  6. Courtney Avatar

    Love the plain sweater!!! Yay knitting, chatting, and drinking! And that sock yarn looks lovely!!!

  7. April Avatar

    Good luck resisting all the temptation and possibility that beautiful new yarn hold. Well…at least until you don’t want to anymore.

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