Knitting on the Go: Stitches to Take with Youcomments (1) May 12th, 2008
We just don’t have enough time to do everything we need and want to do. As an avid knitter with a busy lifestyle, I have accommodated this challenge with interesting knitting habits. I live two hours from a major metropolitan area, so I love the field trips out of town, where I ride shotgun and get in some great knitting time. Airplane knitting is very productive because it’s just me, my Zune full of NPR podcasts, and no distractions.
Friends with kids knit in the bleachers with one eye on their star athlete. We knit in the lunchroom at work. Commuters use the time on subways, buses, and trains. I even know some people who get knitting done during meetings. Some of us social creatures like to knit in public (KIP) in coffee shops, restaurants, malls, libraries, and on park benches. This is a great opportunity to meet other knitters and even elicit the interest of new knitters.
You have to have the perfect project for knitting on the go. Socks seem to be popular, and so are scarves. Hats, especially baby hats, are ultra-portable and fit in sandwich bags! Keeping it small and simple is the key. You don’t want to be hauling around a lot of yarn and tools to drag you down. I bring the ball of yarn in progress and maybe a spare, the needles, a copy of the instructions (never the entire book), and a crochet hook for the inevitable dropped stitch. If you are a new knitter and off on a trip away from home, a portable knitting basics book might come in handy in case you run into a snag. The Knitter's Companion by Vicki Square is my favorite.
Here are a few more books to get you in the mood for knitting on the go:
Knitting on the Road: Sock Patterns for the Traveling Knitter by Nancy Bush
Vogue Knitting Quick Reference: The Ultimate Portable Knitting Compendium by Sixth & Spring Books
The Portable Crafter: Knitting by Leanne Bennett