I've been asked to knit something for a charity campaign, "Knit for Winter", which aims to provide small woolly items that will be distributed to elderly and vulnerable people next winter by the Salvation Army. The organisers have sent me a pattern for a cowl, and the yarn to knit it with, in a lovely blue/green mix. I have decided to start it straightaway, because I'm going to Glasgow tomorrow, to speak at the Knitting in Wartime study day, part of the Glasgow University Knitting in the Round project. The train to Glasgow takes 4 hours each way, so I should be able to get a good part of the cowl knitted before I get home again - it's chunky yarn, knitted on 9mm. needles. So far, I have done a tension swatch, to check that the suggested needles are right before I leave - what a disaster to embark on 8 hours of knitting and then find you had the wrong needle size!