Shared Insanity. (Right?)

So I’m headed to CA for an extended weekend, visiting friends and teaching at Purlescence. I am a fairly light packer in terms of clothes, so aside from class supplies I was feeling pretty streamlined.

Then I planned and packed the knitting.

Let’s be clear.

I’m quite a fast knitter, really. But not even I can knit two sweaters and finish a third in 5 days. Not while teaching and spending time having fun with friends. Still, it does pay to have insurance against long plane flights. (I’m not the only one who does this, right?)

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you might be interested in giving a listen to the Yarn Thing podcast from yesterday. I’m the guest, and we’re giving away a pretty cool prize–listen to find out how to enter!

15 thoughts on “Shared Insanity. (Right?)

  1. I’m going to California for the weekend too, and will probably not be far from Purlescence, but I’m going for a family function and won’t have a minute to spare. Boo!

  2. Oh this scene looks familiar. Yeah, you’re definitely not the only one.

  3. No, you are not the only one. 🙂 Safe travels and have fun!

  4. You have to pack at least that much! What if something goes wrong with a couple of the projects? You would need at least three in that case! I take a minimum of 5 projects almost any time I travel, even just over night.

  5. Oh, I find myself thinking about what knitting to pack before & instead of what clothes to pack! And I always pack too many projects – as if I’m going to get *any* knitting done on the plane with a 2 year old on my lap!

  6. Ha! Glad to see I’m not the only one who is overly optimistic!!

  7. You are not the only one! My thought process goes something like “ok, these projects are reasonable for the length of time I will be away. But let me add more! I know I have plans to do things during the days, but what if there is some kind of emergency that necessitates staying indoors for extended periods of time? And also delays my flight by two weeks? Ok, I better throw a few extra (extremely large) projects in there, just in case.” For example, I went on a two-week trip and brought enough yarn for two pairs of socks and an extremely large lace project. Usually I can’t even finish one sock in two weeks!

  8. I definitely take more knitting than I can possibly do when I go on trips.

  9. I’m with you. I always think about what a waste it would be if I did have enexpected acres of free time to knit, and nothing to do…

  10. The one time you don’t bring extra yarn is the time when you get stranded in an airport for 3 days. I don’t want to be that girl!

  11. True. Knitting is relaxing and productive, but we need to spend time also enjoying our friends and family, interacting with them.

  12. I just listened to the podcast. I was pleased to find out that I am not the only knitter on earth who holds the yarn between thumb and forefinger and who drops the needle! 🙂 It was fun to hear your interview.

  13. It is so about choices and making sure one is not bored with the possibility of limited choices.

  14. You are most definitely not the only one who does this! LOL

  15. Just listened to the podcast (while I walked the chilly beach in the moonlight) and am tickled to death to learn that not only is there someone else out there who shares my must-be-the-least-efficient-knitting-technique-in-the-world style of knitting, but that someone is a successful knitter-designer-teacher-etc. I’ve often thought, especially in the past month or so as I’ve been doing some knitting with deadlines, that I probably can’t really ever have any kind of success on a professional level b/c my technique doesn’t allow me to knit at the blinding speed I’ve witnessed in others. But it’s so comfy, having been my technique for oh, about 40 years now – to try to relearn a whole different style does not seem real fun to me. And then Amy Herzog starts off the Yarn Thing interview talking about how she holds and throws the yarn just like I do! Made my day! Love your work, Amy – thanks for all your encouragement, both intentional and unintentional 🙂

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