Hello Everyone! I hope all who celebrated are still nicely stuffed from Thanksgiving and still enjoying the leftovers. I also hope you all survived Black Friday if you dared and braved the malls.
Since Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the biggest travel weekend of the year. I thought I would take this time to write about travel knitting and really how wonderful it is.
I love to travel and I love travel knitting. I always feel like I get so much knitting done when I am travel knitting. When it comes to road trips, my wonderful husband drives and I just sit and knit hexi-puffs. I have the pattern memorized and they are small so I can fit them in my purse or overnight bag. Usually before we leave for our trip, I grab 3 balls of yarn from my hexi-puff kit as well as my needles and other supplies that I keep in a small bag in my kit, and go. Depending on how long the car ride is is how many Hexi-puffs I can get done. It take me about 45 minutes to knit one puff. Also, depending on how much downtime and energy I have at our destination I try to knit a few more. Usually while sitting on the bed watching TV at the hotel at night.
As for flying or more extended trips, I usually pack a sock in my travel purse to work on. Just like Hexi-puffs, a sock is a small project that can be easily thrown in a big purse or carry-on and will fit in your lap or the tray table on the airplane. The day before, I will get my sock pattern ready, wind my yarn and get my needles and stitch markers, measuring tape and row counter into a baggie and throw it all in my travel purse. I will also usually take my whole tool kit with scissors and pack it my luggage. I have never had a problem getting my knitting through TSA, but I always pack wooden needles just incase. Once at the airport I will then cast on my sock. I love sitting there in the airport, everyone is on their phone or other electronic devices and I am knitting. I’ve even done it at the airport bar with a beer in front of me. I will continue to knit as soon as I board the plane and just recently have accomplished cables while taking off. I love to fly, but turbulence does make me a little nervous, knitting gives me something else to think about. I do usually get a good amount knit on the plane ride and again depending on my downtime and energy at my destination I will knit some more. On our recent trip to see family in Michigan I was able to knit every night, even more than usual so I got a lot done. Which I really liked since it was Christmas knitting. I even brought the yarn for my next Christmas knitting project just in case.
I love how travel knitting makes the time go by quickly especially if you are excited to get to your destination or if you are stuck or delayed. I don’t even mind the looks I get when I am knitting in the airport or on the plane. I also love it when I see other travelers knitting or crocheting as well.
What do you like to knit when you travel? Do you bring an existing project or start something new? I would love to hear about it and any other travel knitting stories.
Talk to you soon.