In theory there’s plenty of time on a long haul flight for knitting. However, when you get up at 3am to drive to Heathrow, by the time you take off around 11am, you’re already feeling a little sleepy. Still you pull out your knitting and enthusiastically begin.
If you read my blog regularly you may recognise these as the socks that turned into mittens, that I was keeping as my handbag knitting project back in August.
Anyway, back to 35,000 feet, two months later, they haven’t grown any – since I haven’t been anywhere with just my handbag. Still plenty of time to knit now…
I start knitting. Lunch turns up. I eat. I start knitting again, but food has only added to my sleepiness. I try to nap, but I can’t. I knit on – but you can’t knit for too long with tiny needles without your hands hurting. I take a break. A snack box arrives. I eat. I knit. I take a break. I knit. Another meal arrives – lunch again because of the times zone thing. I attempt another food induced snooze with no luck. I knit. I take a break. I knit. We land. I’ve still got the ribbing knit.
So eleven hours flight time = 1/2 a mitten knitted. Not great productivity! Still, as I was headed on holiday, it didn’t take too long before I finished.
This experience left me surprised by how lethargic I felt about my knitting on that the flight. It was also the first time I realised – because my hands never hurt at home when I knit – how much I don’t sit still when I’m knitting in the evening. I put this mostly down to my love for infinite cups of tea and Mr Hicks’ constant need to be let out, to keep checking the garden’s still there.
I suspect this overestimation of the time I knit for helps fuel my gross overestimates of how quickly I can knit an item. To this end, I’ve joined Ravelry’s NAKNITMO group to induce me to keep a check of how much I knit in an evening.
Anyone got any thoughts on how not to overestimate what we achieve? I’d love to know what they are.