Training, not meeting

Moving right along, you don’t want to hear about my morning of meeting (that is right – 3+ hours long) anymore than I want to think about it. Nor do you want to know that I then had to hitch a ride to Landstuhl for a 30 minute meeting late in the day.

And how did I get home, you might wonder. Assuming that I successfully made it home tonight without wheels.

Well, I gained knitting time. I had a chance to work on the grasshoppers for part of the midday blast down the autobahn. At least till I got to the part where I needed the pattern which was in the trunk. Should have suffered through being uncomfortable in the front seat of the sports car with large bag under my legs than have 20 minutes unable to knit. I will know better next time.
No dummy, I am taking the xx07 after the hour S-1 as it passes through Landstuhl on its way across four states to arrive at Osterburken. I was sitting there in time to see the new Trans-regio pull in. And see that orange sign? It represents a remarkable change for Germany.


A No Smoking sign. In an outdoor public place. The train stations are now to be smoke free.

One hour, 42 minutes later, the S-1 passes through Heidelberg. Allowing for boarding and exiting, I figured a good 95 minutes of knitting at the minium. Executing complicated patterns requires concentration – I elected train knitting. Plain, ordinary stockinette can be absolutely wonderful.


I finished up the first sock of this pair quite a bit earler, the second was cast on after boarding – and this is 16 cm of sock cuff wrapped up as we pulled into Heidelberg. Really not bad for what turned out to be 100 minutes of knitting time.

I should be thrilled to accomplish even 20% of that speed on my sockapalooza. There I made absolutely no progress:  I forgot the yarn at home and the pattern at work. Phooey.

While we are all at it – have you seen Summer of Socks 2007?


I have both the India Ink and Yasmine Galenorn cozies just returned from the eldest to read. All these sock projects are really interferring with my reading. I have gone from a book/day normally down to maybe 2 a week.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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5 Responses to Training, not meeting

  1. Marit says:

    my problem is: should I read, knit or blog? I want to do all three, but it seems blogging is taking way too much time-LOL!
    Reading is done in bed when hubby is not at home, knitting is done in front of the tv…..priorities…

  2. Pat says:

    That’s a lot of sock for 100 minutes!!

  3. your.sock.pal says:

    i left my pattern at home too by mistake and was stuck for half an hour yesterday commuting without knitting. i’m glad to hear you had a stockinette sock waiting to be knit to fill in the gap of the second ride!

  4. amanda j says:

    I guess you aren’t superhuman after all! A sock a day and a book a day just does not compute! Some days are meant to test us.

  5. colin says:

    I didn’t realise you used dpn’s. I like the colour choice too.

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