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Exit, Pursued by Many Boxes (in overseas mail)

22 September 2011

UPDATE: I’m having trouble posting photos from my new computer – must add later. Bah!
UPDATE II: Photos and links added!

Knitting and Blandings

Knitting and one of P.G. Wodehouse's Blandings omnibi: perfect plane companions.

Darling readers, I am writing this from Dulles International Airport, from which our daytime flight to London will be departing in just an hour and a half. So you all know that I have survived this far! We have six (6) suitcases checked in, only two (2) of which were over weight. Fabulous Friend Nancy kept telling us that it would be much cheaper to bring items in a suitcase than to ship them, and I can tell you, having visited the UPS store yesterday, that she is ever so right.

The past few weeks have been really hectic, between arrangements for visas, preparing our house for sale (closed last night!), and lots and lots of freecycling. [Have you all heard of Freecycle? It’s kind of like a yarn giveaway for everything else.] I’m not a great mover or packer, and I must admit that I was at the USPS Automated Postal Center at midnight last night, mailing the last of the giveaway packages and sending a few surprises out as well. [People, I love the APC like we grew up together, but no one should be there at midnight.]

So, our flight boards in a half hour, and I’m prepared for our super-exciting daytime flight. I wouldn’t take a daytime flight to the UK if this were for a vacation, because you lose a day to travel. That said, I have high hopes for it in this case. Mr. Trask is 6’5″ tall, and neither of us is a good sleeper on planes – whereas he is a good writer on a plane, and I am a good knitter-and-movie-watcher. We’ll see how this goes. I haven’t had much sleep in the past three days, so am hoping to stay up on the flight and then crash when we arrive at Heathrow at 10 p.m. local time.

Corinne in Charcoal

Corinne in Charcoal: too much contrast?

While on the plane, I’ll be knitting Corinne from Knitty, watching whatever terrible movie is available on the flight, and reading from Life at Blandings, an omnibus of three P.G. Wodehouse novels. This particular book has come with me on many overseas trips – it’s been to Greece, to France, to Italy, and back and forth to the UK many times. Blandings novels are the ultimate comfort reading to me – they’re well-written and full of social slapstick, and they always have happy endings – but the complex nature of Wodehouse’s plotting (and the fact that he wrote so darned many novels) means that the reader doesn’t quite see how it’s all going to work out until the end. [But I digress. And I suspect that I have mentioned all this to you people before.]

Back to Knitting: I thought about doing another knitting challenge like the ones I did for Hibernian and Heathrow, but couldn’t get it together to put the right yarn into my bag. Corinne is a fun sweater in that it’s knit in one piece, side-to-side. I’m working in a kettle-dyed yarn, and the white-gray-black contrast in this particular brand of yarn may be a bit too much for garter stitch (I’m still deciding). That said, I’m enjoying watching the garment take shape. If I finish the sweater mid-flight, I’m going to try to make something out of this pink ball of yarn that I found at the bottom of my purse (don’t ask). Not sure how much yarn is in this ball or what I can make. We shall see!

Corinne plus Pink

Corinne with mysterious pink ball of yarn. What could it become?

They’re calling our flight, so I must add photos and get out of here. So many of you have e-mailed, commented, or tweeted to offer us encouragement and good wishes – thank you so, so much. And those of you in the area were supportive and patient and kind through this entire process. I can’t say enough about how much I love you all, dear readers, whether we’ve met in person or not. Next post will be in Blighty – tell me in the comments what you want to hear about first!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 September 2011 10:22 am

    Got your package, love the yarn, much prettier in real life even than the pictures. Good luck on your adventure!!! I fantasize that one day Mr. Lusk and I may live in the UK, so I shall now live vicariously through you. I like to think I now have a penpal (or blogpal really) in England!! Take Care…

    • Kathleen permalink*
      22 September 2011 7:27 pm

      Yes! And if you send me your address…I’ll even send you a postcard or two. This goes for all of you!

  2. Gwendyn permalink
    22 September 2011 10:33 am

    Congratulations and happy/safe travels!
    Now to un pack, eek.

  3. 22 September 2011 10:56 am

    sounds so exciting! good luck! corrine is a gorgeous cardi..really interesting construction

    • Kathleen permalink*
      22 September 2011 7:25 pm

      It is! I must post about knitting it, because somehow one of my sleeves is a different length. Ergh.

  4. 22 September 2011 11:33 am

    I hope you were able to get some rest on the flight. Col. Hreczuck being the world traveler that he is, usually gets the Doc to Rx just enough Ambien so he can sleep on the long leg- hops across the pond. I don’t like pills myself, but didn’t get the 40 winks on our recent journey to the Ukraine that he did, and I was a bit cranky for it! So excited to hear about life in the UK. And I will also be living vicariously through you since the Col’s programme is distance and we won’t be living there. Thankfully, I will get at least one trip there for graduation and for the Change of Command that we’ve been invited to at the Palace. I have to lay off knitting due to a hand injury for a couple of weeks and it is about to kill me…I have a really bad sprain in my right hand and it is turning lovely colors of brown and purple at the moment. If it cools off enough here, I can cover it with a pair of fingerless gloves so that it won’t draw attention. Good luck and can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

    • Kathleen permalink*
      22 September 2011 7:26 pm

      Oh no! Carolyn, that’s terrible. Sending you healing thoughts…can highly recommend the daytime flight to the UK.

  5. 22 September 2011 1:17 pm

    First I need to know you arrived safe and sound. After that it would be nice to see some pics of the new home. No, you don’t get time to unpack and decorate, sorry. Besides, gritty realism is the in thing in knitting blogs. I think. Yep, it is. Or I just made that up. I’m not sure. See how your leaving has affected me already?

    • Kathleen permalink*
      22 September 2011 7:27 pm

      Kitten! Gritty realism coming right up. Knitters, with their experience coping with adversity in the form of different-length sleeves and other travesties of the craft, do indeed like gritty realism. [Right, guys?]

  6. 26 September 2011 12:24 am

    Thank you so much for the magazines, book & yarn. It was great fun getting the surprise packages in the mail. I’ve sent a donation to cover the packaging and postage.

    I’m really enjoying following your adventures, and look forward to hearing all about London. Glad you had a good flight – wonderful photo of you knitting on the plane.


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