So earlier in the week the hubs and I made a the spontaneous decision to drive 15 hours from our little Oregon farmhouse to Santa Barbara Ca to visit a dear dear friend of ours. Then once we get back on Monday it will only be a couple of days before we turn around and do another long drive to join my wonderful family for Thanksgiving. So I thought this might be a good time to discuss knitting whilst traveling and to share some tips and tricks for taking your knitting with you on your adventures.
1. Pack carefully and slowly….
I cannot tell you the number of times that I have been halfway through a trip and realized that I have forgetten my snips/darning needle/stitch marker/measuring tape/other needle/waste yarn….the list goes on and on. Usually you remember your project, but its the forgetting of notions that will trip you up. This isn’t so bad if you are driving….at least you can stop somewhere and look for a replacement, although this can be stressful too, but when youre flying its the absolute WORST. Why they haven’t started putting yarn shops, or at least notion dispensers, into airports is a total mystery to me.
SO…here is what I do when I travel…I clothes and things packed and then I turn to the knitting. I lay it all out somewhere where I can see it…
2. Bring supplies for a backup project (or two)
as you can see I really do believe in this one….
now…. nine out of ten times you actually end up having less time to knit than you expect…so you don’t get as far on your knitting as you might have hoped. However, there is always the chance that a few hours of waiting in traffic (if you’re not the driver) or some other instance of leasure time/knitting time will present itself and you never know when you’ll need that other project. Also, and perhaps more importantly, if you run into some kind of issue with your current project and need to set it aside for a bit, its important to have some kind of contingency plan.
3. Bring your patterns (see above)
no matter how simple the project is…you’ll regret it. I swear!
4. Bring a notebook and paper….for journaling on your travels but also for making notes about those spontaneous modifications/the awesome yarn shop you found etc.
5. pack your projects in an orderly way for easy access during travel.
all that stuff from fore AND my camera bag fit into these to totes. I put the sweater that I am currently working on and my notions into my darling new “tangled purls” project bag. It has lovely pockets on the inside and outside for storing notions, and plenty of room for my main project and one of my backups. This way I was able to put the second bag in the trunk for emergencies. Having an organized project bag while traveling also means that you don’t have to make a complete mess of the car or your little corner of the airplane/bus/train while you’re looking for that one stitch marker with the pretty bead that will look perfect against that green yarn you’re working with….
your travel companions will thank, i promise…probably by volunteering to drive more so that you can enjoy more knitting time!
So…those are just a few of my tips and musings on this one of many adventures as a knitter….Now i am going to work just a few more rounds of my Stria sweater before we are off to explore Monterey Ca.