Knit in Public Week: Day 8
Tips for Traveling with Knitting
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Summer is here to stay, and many knitters will be shipping out on well-deserved vacations. Everyone looks forward to fun and relaxation. Naturally, knitters are going to want to take a project (or two, or more) along for the summer fun. I know that when I plan a vacation, I can’t imagine leaving my knitting at home. When it comes to knitting on vacation, it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind so that things go smoothly. It might be tempting to take your nearly finished sweater along with you, but if you’re going to be flying to your vacation destination, that sweater might take up valuable space. Here are some things I like to keep in mind when I’m knitting on the go:
1. Travel Arrangements
Are you traveling by bus, train, plane, or car? Perhaps horse and buggy? Whatever way you’re getting from point A to point B may impose some restrictions on the number and type of projects you can bring along to the beach, and it’s important to keep those potential factors in mind. If you’re flying, make sure to check the latest TSA guidelines.
2. Skill level
I try to stick to easy patterns when I’m on vacation. You might be recruited to play a game or decide go for a swim in the middle of a row; bring something along that you can easily manage. Be honest about your skill level when deciding which projects to bring.
3. Invest in Some Tools
Believe it or not, knitting tools can make your life much easier; I was astounded by how much a dedicated project bag changed my life. You don’t have to buy tools from knitting stores either. I use sample make up bags as my tool/notion bags, and have never had a problem. Old wine corks can become DPN holders in a pinch. The right tools shouldn’t cost you too much, but should be effective.
4. Keep Things Small
This rule is flexible, depending on how you’re traveling. If you’re traveling in a car with your family, feel free to take up that extra seat with your projects. A knitter who is flying, however, will want to be conscious of how much space her projects are taking up in her precious carry-on luggage space.
5. Read It Through First
Familiarize yourself with the pattern before leaving home. There’s nothing worse than getting to your secluded cabin in the woods, only to find that you don’t have the right size knitting needle for your project.
I find that knitting while traveling is almost always a positive experience. Just be sure to keep these simple tips in mind the next time you take a trip!
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