Thursday, March 27, 2008

The case of the missing Knitting Bag

Where are Scooby-Doo and the Gang when you need them?

Yesterday was a marathon day. It really began Tuesday at 2pm when my boss told me to plan to head to Baltimore Wednesday for meetings. Now, normally I drive when I have to go up, it's easier than driving to the airport, waiting at the airport, flying, getting a rental car. . . etc. However, given the meetings were supposed to run 11-4, the thought of leaving Baltimore at a time that would park me on 495 during DC rush hour made me go hunting for a plane ticket. The upside, Southwest flies to BWI and last minute fares aren't crazy. The downside, the only Southwest options were a 6:10 am flight or a 10:35 am flight. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't convince myself I could be on time for an 11am meeting leaving Norfolk at 10:30, so it was a 3:45am wake up call for me to get ready and get to the airport for the early flight. This also meant I was going to have 3-ish hours of downtime, arriving at 7am and not having to be thru post security and ready for my meetings at 11. You know what that means, right? KNITTING!

I spent Tuesday evening deciding what to take with me. I decided to take Maude, since I was going to spend down time at Panera. And I took my new yarn from Little Dog Designs and More Sensational Knitted Socks to start a new sock for me, given Maude would be a little unruly to work on a plane. I also toted The Knitters Book of Yarn with me, in case I needed a break from the knitting.

I started on my sock at the airport. I was surprised at 5am I could start it with no mistakes (but it was an easy toe, I definitely would have messed up short rows!). Unfortunately, one of my Sz1 Takumi needles found it's way under my bum and got broken :( But, I still have 4, so it wasn't a huge deal. I finished the full toe while flying, then switched to Maude at Panera. Progress through the lace is a bit slow on the rows with double decreases, simply because I don't pay close enough attention. This led to multiple small sections of frogging. The Zephyr doesn't hold up all that well with the frogging, which makes me nervous about the whole project. I'm knitting a size small, but have this little voice in the back of my head that is second guessing not doing an XS. When I try it on, if it's too big, I will want to redo it, but I'm not sure how the yarn will react!

For the trip home, my 5:15pm flight got delayed to 6:40, so I had even more down time and was able to finish the first full pattern repeat on Maude and get a full pattern repeat on my socks. I decided on 'Stansfield 196' and I LOVE it. I love the yarn even more (It's the 2-ply superwash merino)! Seriously, it's to date, my favorite sock yarn. It's incredibly soft and springy with a nice tight twist. The color is amazing. I can't say enough about it. I want to be knitting on the sock now, or at least show you pictures of my progress . . .. but I can't because I can't find my knitting bag!

I know I took it off the plane. I know it was in my car on the drive home. I do not remember if I carried it into the house, but I have scoured the house and my car this morning and the polka dot bag has done a disappearing act. I've looked EVERYWHERE! In rooms I didn't even go in yesterday, in the back of my truck, in the garage. I know I was tired, getting home around 8:15pm after my early morning rise, but how could I totally blank?? My purse and portfolio are on the entry table. It seems like I would have put the bag down there, too. My only explanation is some knitting phantom saw how nicely both my socks and top were knitting up and wanted them.

My mum would tell me to pray to Saint Anthony, but given the fact that I haven't been to church in ages, it seems a little selfish to turn to it now only to find my knitting! So, instead, I'm going to try to forget about it for a day, and hope Scooby-Doo tracks it down in the meantime.

7 comments:

Jen said...

Oh. My. God. You sound so calm. My fingers are crossed that it's just a case of exhaustion that has kept the bag in hiding and not the knitting phantom.

DeuceMom said...

Maybe you should call the airport. I know it's random, but you could have left in on the floor of the parking garage or something. Good luck!

2paw said...

I hope you find it soon... Actually I am often 'sure' I know where something is, only to find it is somewhere else altogether!!!!!

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Wow, I hope it turns up. How terribly upsetting. I think calling the airport lost and found sounds like a good idea....

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I hope you find it soon too!! Just in case, "Anthony, Anthony look around. Carly's knitting bag is lost and can't be found." (that's our prayer to St. Anthony...repeat over and over until you find it. I realize now that it may be some cognitive-behavioral technique of keeping us calm when something is lost, but it almost never fails!And yeah, St. Anthony and I are on a first name basis!).

km said...

Ok...I'd be freaking out. Especially with so many WIP included in the bag. Hope you find it soon.

Acornbud said...

Oh yikes. Hope the missing bad turns up.