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Leavin’ On a Jet Plane….for T N N N N N A!

Okay, so I’m humming the Mama’s & Papa’s, and TNNA just doesn’t scan.

My bags are packed (well, almost)…and I’m ready to go (well, not quite).

Okay, enough of that.  I am pretty much packed (to the dog’s dismay — he gets mopey at the sight of suitcases, and I’ve had mine out since Monday).  Some cute dresses, a few samples, some flyers, business cards…

However, I’m still deciding what knitting I want to bring or not.

Part of that latter is because, of course, like normal before a trip, I have no absolutely mindless knitting, which is the sort I consider perfect for a trip.

Though I’m at a semi-mindless bit of knitting for the cardi I’m working on, the item that’s currently the priority in my designing queue,  there are a few things I know I’ll be tweaking as I go, and though I hate to admit it, I’m pretty attached to Excel & Word and updating things as I go.

Which brings me to….

….I’m trying to figure if I can get away without bringing my laptop, and only bringing my iPad.  I’ve downloaded the CloudOn app for my iPad, but, after playing with it yesterday, I’m not 100% happy with it (though I think that’s a functionality of not having a mouse & touch screens working differently than mice).  And that’s assuming I have internet access whenever I need to access it — CloudOn requires wifi.  While scouring app reviews I came across several articles that said Microsoft will have a Microsoft Office app….but not til Nov 2012.  Unless it’s really clunky, though, that’s the one I’ll want to get, so I don’t really want to spend $$$ on other apps in the meantime, especially when, upon comparing reviews, none seem to be precisely what I need.  CloudOn, at least,  is free.

I’ve brought my laptop with me to various shows & conferences, and, with the exception of last Madrona, rarely, if ever, used it for designing while on a trip.  I’m pretty sure I can get away with my iPad and the wireless keyboard.

Which means the cardi project — which, frankly, is a bulky thing to bring, anyways — may not be the best project to bring.

However, the other option — getting started on a new pair of fingerless mitts – requires charting software.  Yes, I’m sure I can get by with a low tech version.  Uh, graph paper & pen would work. That might be it.  I already have the yarn wound into a ball.  Easy peasy.

This is how this whole past week has been — my mind scurrying around in circles like a little hamster on its wheel.  Not the most productive state of mind AT ALL.

I have a few more errands to run today, of course.  Quick visit to the pulmonologist to get asthma meds.  Stop at the tailor’s to pick up a shirt that I had hemmed (cute print top, will be wearing it to Marly’s Yarn Thing Designer Dinner (YTDD)).  Visit to Janice at Rumba to get my frizzy, grey-rooted locks tamed & colored.  Stop at Trader Joe’s for snacks on the plane (as opposed to having to buy bad overpriced snacks).  Oh yes, and a stop at Joann’s to get stuff to make a mask for the YTDD.

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And finally, congrats to Lilie!  She’s won her choice of either Ravens in Snow or Ravens in Snow Fingerless Mitts.

2 comments… add one
  • Lilie June 20, 2012, 11:51 am

    Yeah! Thanks for making my day!! 🙂

  • pdxknitterati June 26, 2012, 3:09 pm

    This is how I plan for trips, too. It’s all about the knitting! Usually I don’t have anything mindless to take, but this time I had a cardi that was mostly stockinette. Perfect plane knitting, but it’s getting a bit bulky to tuck into a bag.

    My first trip with an iPad, too. I think I’ve mastered blogging with it, but there’s no design software on here yet.

    Nice to meet you at TNNA! Your new book is beautiful.

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