In today’s world, travelling has become a part of our everyday lives. It can be stressful and monotonous at times, especially travelling long distances. There are lots of ways that can help you pass the time of a mundane journey, one of which is, of course, knitting. Albeit there are several things that you need to consider before you begin knitting on the move.
What you will carry will depend on the project you are working on and the length of time you will be travelling. Hats are a popular choice as they are quick to knit, not too challenging, and small, making them ideal for car and plane journeys.
Before you embark on your journey, you will need to supply yourself with the following:
A pattern printed or downloaded in case you don’t have internet
Do the math: Once you have all the essentials down, make sure you have read through the knitting pattern requirements to check if you have the right size needles and yarn. It may also be worth casting on the first few rows. Once you have everything in order, try to condense everything you can in one container that optimises as much space as you can.
Travelling by Air
When travelling by air, you should be mindful of the types of items you are going to board on the plane. Anything sharp such as scissors or long pointed needles are a definite no go. Scissors are allowed but must be no longer than 4 inches past the pivot point; we sell Puppy snips which are ideal for travelling, you can also find our range of Rainbow scissors here. It is also recommended to use plastic or bamboo items as any metal will be detected through customs, though you can carry your metal needles in the checked-in luggage and use them once you reach your destination. Check out our range of Bamboo needles, we sell interchangeable, fixed circulars, DPNs and flyers.
Yarn can take up a lot of space, so it is important to consolidate all your essentials prior to ensure you don’t have more than what you already need. This will allow you to carry other essentials in your hand luggage. Our project bag, which comes in a variety of colours, can carry a 100gram ball of sock yarn, knitting needles and a pattern, perfect for inflight carry-on. If you need more yarn to the destination, you may have to carry this in the checked luggage.
Travelling By Road
The advantage of travelling in a car is that you can bring as much equipment as your heart contents without the worry of what you can and can’t carry. This Hiya Hiya Pinnacle Plus Set is a perfect choice to take along with you on your travels as it is highly versatile for a variety of both small and large projects. If you only require specific items such as stitch markers, darning needles, tape measures and more, you can find these here.
What type of projects do you knit during your journeys? Let us know in the comments!