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Spring break is upon us, and lots of knitters love to travel! I wish I was traveling this Spring Break, but alas, work is calling. But, I do have a trip to go to a friend's wedding next month -- it will be my first time traveling solo for something fun since my oldest was born six years ago (I know, I need a vacation -- like yesterday!) -- I'm already starting to plan all the knitting that I'm going to get done (or more realistically, I’m going to overpack and not get anything knit, but a girl can dream, right!)
In honor of my upcoming trip, I thought it would be fun to chat about traveling with your knitting! Today, we're going to talk about how to create a knitting kit for on the go projects and traveling with your knitting.
First of all, let's talk about what you'll need in your knitting kit. Of course, you'll need yarn and needles, but there are a few other essentials that can make knitting on the go easier and more enjoyable. Here are a few items to consider:
- Project bag: A small, portable bag to hold your yarn, needles, and any other accessories you need. Look for something durable and lightweight, and consider a bag with pockets or compartments to keep everything organized.
- Scissors: A small pair of scissors or snips to cut your yarn. I love using a small nail clipper.
- Stitch markers: These can be helpful for marking your progress or keeping track of where you are in a pattern.
- Tape measure: A small tape measure can help you measure your gauge or check the size of your project.
- Notions kit: A small kit with stitch holders, cable needles, and other tools you might need for your project.
- Headphones and an Audio Book or Podcast: I always have a good audio book or podcast ready to be listened to. I am an avid reader, but have yet figured out how to read and knit at the same time – audio books are the next best thing. I love my Audible Plus subscription - it includes unlimited listening from an entire library of books! Click here if you are interested in more information!
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Once you have your kit assembled, it's important to think about how you'll pack it for travel. Depending on the length of your trip and the type of transportation you're using, you may need to consider different strategies. Here are a few tips:
- Use a compact project bag: Look for a bag that's small enough to fit in your carry-on luggage or backpack, but large enough to hold everything you need.
- Choose yarn carefully: Consider using lightweight or compact yarns that take up less space in your luggage. Now probably isn't the time to make an afghan or a bulky sweater!
- Be mindful of security regulations: If you're traveling by plane, be sure to check the TSA regulations on knitting needles and other tools. You may need to pack them in your checked luggage or use a shorter, blunt-tipped needle. I’ve never had my needles taken away (knock on wood!), but I’ve heard of many knitters who have had issues at security checkpoints.
- Bring backup supplies: It's always a good idea to bring extra needles, yarn, and other supplies in case you lose or break something along the way.
And finally, remember that knitting on the go is all about enjoying the process and taking time for yourself. Whether you're on a long flight, a train ride, or just sitting in a café, knitting can be a wonderful way to relax and unwind. So grab your knitting kit, hit the road, and enjoy the journey!