Knitting in the dark at 30,000 feet

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No blog posts for a bit as I’ve been on holiday and chose to remain away from tech for the duration. My adorable husband booked us a surprise trip to Mauritius – I celebrated a special birthday whilst we were there and it couldn’t have been more perfect!   It’s been such a treat to escape the winter chills of the UK.

I rarely go anywhere without a knitting project , even on a flight. Unfortunately I can’t have been thinking straight (blame it on excitement about the trip. I have plenty of experience of knitting whilst on the go).  My yarn, pretty, black with silver sparkles .. what was going on my head? Why didn’t I pack something lighter and brighter?

kcgllitteryarnNight flights both ways.  The general plane lighting was switched off, my overhead lamp was poor, mostly the only light I had was from the tv screen.  I didn’t exactly get much done outbound – about an inch of ribbing for a sweater!   I didn’t even bother to try knitting on the flight back.  True knitters will despair (like I did), 2 flights 12 hours each, all that wasted ‘knitting’ time. At least the movies were good though!


I’ve actually been back a few days now, the tan is fading fast and reality is starting to kick in – especially as here in Kent we have a snow today.  I plan a stay-home knitting day! hurrah!

Last week …
Today !

8 thoughts on “Knitting in the dark at 30,000 feet

    ReginaMary said:
    February 26, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Welcome home. OMG, those photos say it all!

      tinaor responded:
      February 26, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Thank you ReginaMary. As we flew in the pilot told us the differences in temperature and I just wanted him to turn right round !!

    tierneycreates said:
    February 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    What a holiday! Whenever the snow in Kent gets you down, just transport yourself back to Mauritius in your mind! Oh yes on the flight that was a lot of lost knitting time but at least you did a little. I love to knit on flights, I find it so meditative as I do not particularly like flying and it distracts me.

      tinaor responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Went ‘back’ today, in my head I was strolling along the sand, toes in warm sea, rather than wrapped up in 100 layers walking in the snow – though the snow was still pretty, and fresh, so not too slippy!

    tialys said:
    February 27, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Wow, talk about one extreme to the other. I’m unlikely to be on a flight for that long any more – I’ve turned into a nervous flyer – and the length of time between France and the U.K. would only just about be enough time to cast on. Actually, until recently, I didn’t even realise you could take knitting needles on a flight – I would have thought they’d have counted as dangerous weapons although I might be basing that on a very old episode of The Avengers (and I don’t mean the Marvel comics kind) where the murderer dispatched her victims with her needles and was actually called ‘The Knitting Needle Lady’ as I recall.

      tinaor responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      I know – it all sounds a little crazy to be in the Indian Ocean one week and the depths of an unexpected snowy winter in the UK the next week. Today I went for a walk in the crisp new snow, exactly one week ago I was walking along a sandy beach and swimming in the ocean as hot as a bath! Knitting needles on planes – depends on the airline – I always take circulars so the short tips might not be construed as ‘weapons’ – and never scissors in my handluggage – I have a gadget to cut ends. Love the reference to the Avengers – always thought Honor Blackman looked amazing and loved the tongue in cheek humour!

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    February 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    What a lovely surprise. Bet this cold weather’s a bit of a contrast. Belated happy big birthday!

      tinaor responded:
      March 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      It was a lovely surprise – and yes, the weather here was a bit of a shock to the system!

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