Monday, February 25, 2008

Prep & Driving

Since I'll be gone for almost 2 weeks, we've been prepping for this trip. We're pretty well stocked (and we dusted off the Simon Delivers account so Gerry and the kids can easily restock), a lot of laundry's been finished and put away, and the kids are caught up on their allowances.

There's also prepping for the trip itself, and Gerry's great to help with this; packing up books, electronics, clothes, teaching handouts, etc., and shipping a few boxes of books for me to pick up along my route (it's just too heavy to carry everything on the plane!)

And my most important prepping? Rest.

I'm forcing myself to mentally and physically give myself a bit of a break so that I don't start this trip on shaky ground. Finding a good traveling project is important prep, too, and I think I've found one. My O-wool colorwork, which is coming along nicely!

I had to rearrange my flights when I rescheduled, so now I'll be arriving and leaving from JFK. My flight was supposed to be on Delta, but when I went online to secure my seat it said "Flight operated by NWA" - which ended with me calling NW to get my actual flight numbers.

I hate to talk on the phone, and avoid customer service episodes whenever possible, but my chat with "Maddie" from NW was just about the most pleasant I've had with an airline employee! She was able to help me quickly and easily. Tomorrow I should be able to pick an exit row seat when I check in.

Such a pleasant and helpful customer service rep is a sign for the trip!

Follow That Car!
My trip can be summed up thus:

On Wed I fly in to JFK from Minnesota.
On Thurs I teach in NJ (Knit Knack & Knit A Bit), then I drive to LI in the evening.
On Friday I teach all day(Knitters Knitche), then I drive out to Mystic CT (3 hours...)
On Saturday I teach at Mystic all day, then that evening I drive to Saratoga (3 hours)
On Sun I teach all day (Saratoga Needle Arts) and I don't drive ANYWHERE.
On Monday I drive back to NJ (3 hours)
On Tues I teach 2 classes in NYC (Knitty City)
On Wed I drive to Harvard, MA (3 hours) and lecture at the Nashoba Valley Knitters Guild.
On Thurs I drive down to NJ (Knit Knack) and teach that evening
On Friday I don't teach - huzzah.
On Sat I teach 2 classes (Knit Knack & Angelfire)
On Monday I fly home...

Then on Wed I leave again for Knitapalooza.
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Blogger Jocelyn said...

Holy cow. That's a lot of driving! I saw your Lorna's sweater at Knitting Arts' booth at Stitches West this weekend. *I* told the *salesperson* that it was designed by you. It looks gorgeous. The O-Wool project is also just lovely.

Have fun in Saratoga. I went to college there (before I knew how to knit). It's a nice town, although quite different now.

February 25, 2008 5:20 PM  
Blogger skyweaver said...

I think that there's a ferry that crosses the L.I. sound that could save you a lot of drving. I think it takes off from Pt. Jefferson and winds up in Bridgeport,CT. It's been years since I've been there, but you might want to check it out. You drive your car on the boat, and let them take you across the sound.


February 25, 2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger OfTroy said...

skyweaver said it first, but yes, you should consider the ferry.. its not cheap, but it is faster, and with gas costing as much as it does ($3.27/gal round about here) it might actually be cheaper!

Its a big ferry (not as big as Staten island ferry) but not a small scary one.. and besides, you can knit when on the ferry (or eat, or knit and eat, or work on your computer...)

February 25, 2008 5:40 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I very much wanted to take the ferry, but it doesn't go late enough for me on Friday night, and if I take the Saturday morning ferry I'll be 1/2 hour late to the class.

It would certainly save me a lot of driving (and perhaps some exhaustion!)

February 25, 2008 5:49 PM  
OpenID peninah said...

:( the ferry would've been nice (and the first thing I thought!) may you have safe travels..

February 25, 2008 6:31 PM  
OpenID kmkat said...

I was going to chime in with the ferry suggestion, too, but then saw your comment. Darn. That would have been some very fine knitting time.

A friend and I took the ferry from Mystic to Montauk Point in about 1971; we met a nice guy in a vintage red Porsche who was on his way to his first job out of college, at Brookhaven National Labs. Ah, youth...

February 25, 2008 6:31 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Yeah, I hear you.

I asked the yarn shop if starting 1/2 hour later would be possible, but they won't budge.

The ferry would bring my driving from 3 hours to a little under 1 hour, so that kind of bites.

February 25, 2008 6:44 PM  
Anonymous liz419 said...

Be sure to leave plenty of extra time for the driving. You mentioned "3 hours" as the drive time for a number of your trips. In my experience, those can sometimes take 3 hours, sometimes 4 1/2. Be sure to check radar before you leave so you'll know if you should expect any bad conditions. Drive safe!

February 25, 2008 7:31 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Apleasant customer service rep? One that was helpful? Wow! that's the jackpot! Excellent.

February 26, 2008 7:21 AM  
Blogger trickytricot said...

I think there's a ferry that goes from somewhere on LI to bridgeport. Won't cut down a ton on driving, but it will mean you don't have to drive all the way around the sound.

In fact, I thought there were other ferries that go across the sound too, but this one seems to be closer - especially if you like boats!

February 26, 2008 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer in Ottawa said...

Wow, that's quite the schedule. I'd be tired just thinking about it. You are an amazing woman, and being the extrovert you are, I'm sure you'll get all charged up from every interaction you have!

Bon Voyage!

February 26, 2008 10:22 AM  
Anonymous i.d.d.a. said...

Dear Annie, I've been reading your blog for about a year now and I don't comment much because by the time I get to the comment part, I read the others and someone else has said the same thing way better than I could. So you have another "fan" lurking online. I appreciate the things you have to say and how well thought out they are. You seem like someone I could be friends with. I don't have any of your books as yet. My husband is a minister. Oh, it's not a "religious thing". I think we probably make less money than Knitwear designers.:)That's the thing.Anyhoo--Back in the first part of February you posted a tutorial on left leaning decreases. I was like some of the others and wanted to know how you would do that in the round. There was a comment about having a brain and figuring out yourself. I remembered that the next time I needed to do left leaning decreases in the round. And, by golly, I've done it! I haven't seen this in any books, but that's not saying that noone else has ever figured this out.And it does not require a lot of twisting, turning or having to remember to set it up in the row below! I'm so excited to share this with you! And if you've already figured it out-well,never mind!
OK, here goes: When you get to the two stitches that are worked together, you do the normal slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit, insert needle and knit through the stitches in this position, thing.BUT instead of knitting in the regular way where the yarn goes under and over the needle, you make a knit stitch by throwing the yarn over and down.(or under) When you get to the stitch on the next round it will be seated wrong. You just handle it by knitting the rgular way into the back loop. Smooth line all the way! I couldn't sleep the other night trying to figure out why this works. And I think I figured that out, too. When we k2tog., that naturally leans to the right and the knit stitch is made under and over the needle kinda biasing from the left to the right, so a smooth decrease line is formed. When we ssk, the two sts. are made to lean to the left, but when we knit them, the way we make our knit st. wants to bias to the right again.(that's why the wonky line we try to block out.) So, when we knit by going over the needle then down, we make the st. bias from the right to the left.Does this make sense? Please go try it with your needles. If you have questions I will be at this e-mail address until 6p.m. Pacific time. I don't get on line only about once a week. I would even give you my phone # to talk it out if it helps. Well, there you have it. I hope it makes sense! Have a good trip!

February 26, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

there's another ferry that goes from orient point, LI to new london, CT:

not sure if the times will work for you, but it would save you the headache of driving all that way on 95.

February 27, 2008 8:19 AM  

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