Planes, Brains, and Ideas Entertained

August 2nd, 2006 | View Comments

I was in Vancouver last week, attending a research conference on cognitive science. I didn’t get that much knitting done on the trip (have a hard time knitting on a plane for some reason), but the energy of the conference seeped into my brain and infused my knitting consciousness in addition to my research consciousness.

Conference poster sessions are a rite of modern academic passage. You stick months of work on what amounts to a giant Powerpoint slide, print it out, and tack it to a 4′x8′ display board. Yep, that’s four feet by eight feet.

For those of us who don’t have those fancy shmancy poster carriers, getting your poster to and from a conference is an exercise in wrestling giant cardboard tubes, getting weird looks from airport security, and hearing exasperated sighs from flight attendants when they figure out the reason why the overhead bin isn’t closing.

You know what would make this rite a whole lot easier? A poster tube cozy. I’m picturing something textured, with a drawstring, a handle, and a strap. The pattern could also be re-sized to yoga mat bag proportions.

CogKnition posted this on August 2nd, 2006 @ 9:10pm in Knitwear Design, Life as a Knitter | Permalink to "Planes, Brains, and Ideas Entertained"


  1. Charity says:

    Wow, you weren’t too far from me! Well, you were about an 8hr drive from me, but crazy how that seems so close…

  2. Oh, I’ve so been through that in grad school! I love the poster cozy idea :-)