Planes, trains and automobiles – and knitting

Phew – this week has been a busy one. I flew to Glasgow and back on Tuesday (the worst part was getting up at 4.45a.m) and then had a return train journey to London on Wednesday. The restriction on what can be carried as hand luggage on a plane meant that I couldn’t take my knitting with me so I settled for second best and read instead. The book chosen for my reading group this month is The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi and it’s proving to be a very gripping read. I normally like to knit on long train journeys but, for the London trip, I opted for the book as it’s got me hooked. I’ve now only got about 100 pages to go and once I’ve done the things that need to be done today (including upacking the yarn that has just arrived and writing up the pattern for a cashmere baby hat and sockees) I plan to treat myself to an hour in the sunshine to finish it.

I actually do a lot of knitting in the car (obviously not when I’m driving!). I find socks are the perfect knitting project for car journeys because the needles are short and self-patterning yarn keeps me interested without requiring too much concentration. This beautiful Knitcol sock was started and finished on a return journey to Shropshire last week.

The one problem I have discovered with car-knitting is the potential to lose needles under the seat. On more than one occasion I’ve had to ask if we can pull into the next service station so that I can retrieve a lost needle – very popular as I’m sure you can imagine! I was therefore delighted to discover work in progress (WIP) tubes – they are such a simple idea and so effective. These cardboard tubes make it possible to store the dpns with the sock being knitted still attached meaning far fewer errant needles – every sock knitter should have them.