I really struggled with what knitting to have on the plane with me. I eventually went with Lauren's advice, you can't go wrong with Koigu. I put my alternate project and pattern book into my checked luggage. I checked and rechecked my carry-on. Ipod? Check. Knitting? Check. Pencil? Check. Measuring tape? Check.
I got to the airport in Austin with plenty of time to spare (international flying, gotta be there early,) I grabbed a coffee, settled into a chair with good people watching potential and pulled out the sock.
You've probably already realized where I went wrong.
Pattern Book. In the checked luggage.
Ever the resourceful girl, I fancied a stitch holder from a found paperclip, borrowed the active needles and cast on for the second sock knitting from the opposite end of the yarn ball. I figured I could start the second sock based on the first and just wing it. By the time I was transferring in Dallas I had both socks to the same point. Faced with a 4 hour flight to Vancouver with no pattern I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at turning the heel. Keeping in mind I'd only ever done this once before and was completely making it up as I went along, I think I did ok. Upon arriving in Vancouver I compared what I'd done to the pattern and although it's not exactly as written, it will work out just fine.
I have to admit, I'm surprised it turned out as well as it did. Apparently I know what I'm doing!