The Perils of Toting Your Knitting

February 23rd, 2007 | View Comments

I almost literally carry my knitting everywhere. Except for right now, because I finished the Endpaper Mitts last night and am once again suffering from One Project Paralysis.

Toting my knitting everywhere has an upside, in that I can easily squeeze in a couple of rows on a mitt or a sock in the five minutes I have to kill before class, or the ten minutes I’m waiting at the bus stop, or the fifteen minutes I’m waiting for my food to come. Over the course of a week, a few minutes here and there add up to quite a lot of project progress.

Toting my knitting everywhere has a downside, in that sometimes I wind up taking my knitting somewhere it would rather not be, like an unruly child at the opera.

Last weekend was our annual visiting weekend for prospective grad students. As usual, I had my knitting with me to help while away the down time while waiting for meetings to end and rides to come.

And then I found myself at a bar with the prospectives. And with my knitting. I’m sure you all know that when yarn and cigarette smoke meet, the theme from Romeo and Juliet plays while they race towards each other, embrace, and pledge everlasting love.

And then yesterday, I toted my knitting to a lecture and happily killed ten minutes while waiting for the talk to start. And I continued to be happy until I got home and found that I was one needle short. There was much fumbling under couch cushions, checking and re-checking of empty bags, peering under the seats of cars with flashlights, and scrunching my face up and trying to will the missing needle into existence. No dice.

An Addi Turbo costs roughly the same as three days of lunch (the currency in Grad Studentania happens to be the Meal). Curses!

But apparently the knitting gods were smiling on me because when I returned to the auditorium today, my missing needle was still right there under my seat. It was dusty and surrounded by pen caps, paper clips, and other academic debris, but it was there. Hooray!

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CogKnition posted this on February 23rd, 2007 @ 2:15pm in Life as a Knitter | Permalink to "The Perils of Toting Your Knitting"


  1. Katy says:

    Yay for finding your needle! Sometimes its a good thing that CPS isn’t particularly thorough.

  2. Chrissy says:

    That was a close one! I’m always checking and re-checking that I’ve got all my needles with me. I’m a little paranoid I’ll lose one. I have a feeling I wouldn’t be as lucky as you were.

  3. Tammy says:

    You should pick up a lottery ticket, that kind of luck doesn’t happen very often!