Yippee! Something's finished!
My travelling project has been Traffic Island Socks in Vesper Sock Yarn (colorway is In the Wildwood) and even if I must say so myself, I think they're darn nifty looking. The pattern is super easy to memorize and I can testify that you can knit it successfully with rampant sleep deprivation. Vesper Sock Yarn will now be the standard I measure all other sock yarns. I love it that much. I shall be moving in with Julia and her SO as soon as they return my phone calls. Not really, but this is love people. Did I mention that this sock yarn was a present from my sister? See, more love.
I did attempt to make these socks identical twins, but I fear that like those Olsen twins, they are fraternal. I also know I can't tell those Olsen girls apart, so there are degrees of fraternal. I will deem these socks "identical fraternal twins". There we shall leave it.
OK, now onto the subject of air travel which I don't get into much on this here knitting blog. But it is summer and there are many novice travellers hitting the skies.
Here is my advice to you: if you absolutely must have "it" when you travel, bring it yourself. That "it" may be a pillow or blanket (not provided on most carriers anymore – yes really), food, entertainment for your children or medication. Also know that airplanes are cold so don't wear shorts/tanktops and please bring a lovely handknit sweater (or hoodie) even though you won't need it where you're going. You can bring an emply water bottle through security and FILL it at a drinking fountain in the terminal. Airplanes are also dirty, so wear shoes (not flipflops or sandals) at all times and bring a travelsize packet of wipes. Most stations have about 15 minutes to "clean" an airplane before boarding up again. That cleaning usually means picking up the biggest pieces of trash. No joke. Please know that I don't make any of the corporate decisions and trying to yell at me about them is futile. Also know that we are FAA minimum staffed at all times – international flights too, (1 f/a for every 50 pax seats) so please go with the service flow.
What else can I think of? Oh yes, the airplane will be full so please abandon the notion you will have a row to yourself. I see empty seats on planes maybe 1 in 20 flights. If you can check in 24 hours in advance online DO IT! General tips: never connect to the last flight of the night and SERIOUSLY, give yourself 2 hours to make a connection, I don't care what those travel websites are trying to sell you. Yes, you'll probably sit around an airport but you'll also greatly increase your chance of getting to where you want to be. I'd rather sit around sipping a latte than flying standby during the summer.
Please know I wish we could have all the perks and amenities we used to have, but that ship has sailed. Most people want cheap flights and we have had to cut to the bone to get there. I follow my own advice and I fly 16-20 days a month, mostly without too many problems. Forewarned is forearmed, so travelling knitters heed my advice and travel smart.