The Knitterly Hooker

Travel Project

In knitting on October 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

Whenever I plan for a trip, I often plan my knitting project.  After all, every opportunity to knit must be taken.  So much travel time simply cannot be wasted!  This is particularly true, when you have a 18 to 24 hour flight to far away mysterious lands. 

One such trip was to India about 4 years ago.  That project was a complete flop and never even took off.  To start off, it was a crochet project and I was detached from the craft and the yarn was uncooperative.  Dubai is in my near future and I do not want the same fate.

Here are some tips I devised for selecting a long distance travel project:

  1. If I cannot do a needed technique in the pattern without a book,LEAVE IT (both the project and the book) AT HOME. The exception is if the photocopy is compact. Too much added weught is not good.
  2. The pattern should simple with just a tinge of difficulty.
  3. The project should be small-ish and practical. This means hats, socks, shawl…not sweater, tshirt, or blanket. 
  4. Ideally, the project should successfully completed at the destination during the trip.
  5. Project, both the yarn color and design, should be ideally inspired by the destination.
  6. The length of the stay, as does the itenerary, determine the size of the project to pack.
  7. Make sure TSA can identify the project and components so it won’t get confiscated. Seriously, plan to rock with wooden needles and small blade snippers.
  8. Make sure the project can fit in hand luggage or backpack / purse.
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  1. All solid parameters! I usually go with socks. They are small and portable, but enough project to keep my hands busy on those long flights.

    • Absolutely! I actually do have a pair of socks I initially was going to pack, but they’re on metals. Ain’t nobody got money to be replacing metal needles like that! So I went with a hat I have wooden needles for.

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