We had a little delay on our train ride, coming in 3 hours late but I’m always amazed that they can even schedule arrival times on such a long long journey! We ran 5 hours late until the last section and then arrived only 3 hours late. It’s kind of like that way it goes with knitting; I think I will have knitted up to a certain length by a certain time, but it never happens. If I was a train, I’d always be late. I truly thought I would have finished this mink Jasmine Tea Top and be deeply into my Jared Flood V-Neck!
Not Even Close!
Travel can be like that. I think I will be in a certain place at a certain time. But this trip? Traveling on 4 flights?
Not Even Close!
I now know I have been incredible lucky with my air travels in the past, because this time? EVERY flight I took, I had to take Two Steps Back. (sparing you all the gory details) But I was OK with it all because I am used to Frogging (when you rip out a whole or part of your knitting project and start over). Frogging has a Zen quality about it. You just have to do what is in front of you, even if it is going backwards, and you can’t be attached to results. Kicking and screaming simply won’t fix the problem. This skill served me well in my travels.
Do what you can do, Allow events to unfold.
So there I was, frogging in the airport, waaaaay behind my imagined finish date, not even close to the lace section and loosing ground by having to frog.
At least I remembered to sew in a Life Line so that little step back probably saved me the embarrassment of crying in public.
My flight finally took off but I was the LAST ONE onboard because I had been concentrating so hard on my frogging, that I did not hear the gate change announcement. What I DID hear, luckily, was my name called over the loud speaker to “PLEASE PUT YOUR KNITTING DOWN AND GET ON THIS PLANE!” (well it felt like that). The insane thing is that I picked up ONE MORE STITCH and Then got on! We knitters are hopeless!
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Traveling with my knitting was like having a front row seat ticket into the lives of so many people around me. It was my ticket to meet them and get to know them a little, and if there was time, to really connect.
I met with my dear dear long time friends Nicki and her Mum. Nicki was my best best friend in grade school, a connection that never diminishes and Miriam, her mum, is like my 2nd Mum. They travel all over the world together and both possess a keen and lively zest for life! Neither of them knit but they do follow my blog so they were so keen to be part of this!
Now their touch is knitted into the memory of this top and that will always be there ~
The last people I met on my trip were Will and Wendy Thomson. I spotted Wendy happily knitting during our last 4 hour flight delay while we waited out a thunder and lightening storm in Chicago O’Hare. I went over to meet her to ask about what she was making but it was her husband that got all excited over my mink top, asking tons of questions, holding it, feeling it, wondering all about the mink. He proudly told me that he used to knit in his younger days. In the early 40’s he would took ferry to school with 5 girls who knit. One day, he said to them, “Bring me knitting needles and some of that wool, I want to learn too!’ Wendy knits doll clothes and baby blankest all year long for the Children’s hospital here in Vancouver, she says that Every new born baby receives a home made knitted quilt made by the knitting guild she is part of. She had kindness written all over her face, so did her husband.
Knitters are a Fine Lot!
See Will?! He knew just how to start knitting my top! They didn’t mind the flight delay one single bit!
Knitting it self is like a Life Line
Mum & Me ~ 2014 visit ~ Two Steps Forward
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