Knitting on a Plane

As soon as we had bought our tickets to Israel, I started thinking about travel knitting. You see, I can't sleep on planes for any sort of decent length of time. I'll nod off and then jerk awake thinking its been at least a couple hours and its been 10 minutes. And I'm now wide awake facing 9 more hours of confinement. I won't take anything because Aba will be driving when we arrive and I'd rather he was well rested and someone needs to be alert in case of emergencies.

So I need something to distract me. I have music and audiobooks and extra batteries for my phone. I buy a puzzle magazine and carry a notebook for lists and journaling. Add in my knitting and I'm pretty well situated. But what to bring?

Anyone who knows me knows I'm the furthest thing from a monogamous knitter there is so my original thought was to take a partially completed sweater on each flight. With some sock yarn. And a shawl. Mittens for the girls? A scarf? A hat for me? What about starting a new sweater with bulky yarn? That sweater for Radar? A hat for Baby Doll? Slipper socks for the family?

Its 13 hours there and 15 hours back so that's 28 hours of knitting, right?

Well, no. Not really. See, the flight may be that long, but there will be some caring for the girls, some eating, a few catnaps, too. I'm guesstimating 8-9 hours on each flight for knitting. So what to bring? My plan as of now (and subject to change) is to bring Idlewood in hopes of finishing it up and some yarn to make hats for Israeli soldiers.

If you've been around Jews when you're getting ready to go on a trip, you've probably had some dollars handed to you. In Judaism, there is an adage that someone who is on a journey to perform a mitzvah won't be harmed. So you get these bills and donate them at your destination. We do that as well as bring along money designated for donation when visiting certain holy sites. (We put it in an envelope and label them "kotel," "Hevron," "R' Meir Baal Haness," etc.)

When I posted my quest for knitting ideas on Facebook, someone mentioned knitting booties for poor mothers and this reminded me of the yarn and pattern I have in my closet waiting. What better mitzvah to perform than help keep soldiers warm while they help keep us safe?

Naturally, though, now I'm considering bringing some of the wool I got to make longies and make a baby sweater or two.