Obsession Thursday: Travel Knitting and a Giveaway
I recently made a quick trip to the UK for a family birthday and reunion event. It’s a long, long plane ride from where I live…
The most stressful part of any travel, for me, is choosing my travel knitting. Figuring out what to take my brother as a birthday gift, and what to wear and how to pack lightly for changeable weather is easy…
The big decision is what to knit while I’m away. You need really engaging knitting for the boring parts of the trip – the long waits at the airport, the train rides, the time spent waiting for your brother to get finish his phone call before you can leave for lunch… And then you need auto-pilot knitting (pun intended) – knitting you can work on while you’re chatting, at the pub, and while you’re in the car without making yourself motion sick.
For engaging knitting, I like lace, as the yarn required doesn’t take up much room in your bag, and you get hours of fun from a single skein.
For auto-pilot knitting, I like a plain stocking stitch sock (or two)… I can tuck a sock in progress into my purse to carry around, and it’s easy to pick up for a few minutes’ knitting here and there.
I always have a sock or two on the go, so that decision was easy. The question was what to take for my engaging knitting. I added an extra level of complication to this decision: do I take a design-project-in-progress? I am currently working on a new lace design, but I wasn’t confident that all the details were worked out, and I was worried I would get stalled without my stitch libraries.
So I looked back at my project queue and and chose something I’ve been meaning to make for at least 5 years: the Super-Spiral Shawl from Meg Swansen’s fabulous A Gathering of Lace book. I slipped the patterninto a sheet protector, grabbed some extra graph paper just in case I decided to make tweaks on the fly, and wound up the yarn.
But the hardest decision of all is the discretionary knitting… Extra knitting just in case I finish what I’m working on. In case I’m not enjoying the projects I’ve chosen. Extra knitting in case I get delayed coming back and need more to do. Emergency knitting, if you will. This can be tricky – you need to balance your need for engaging knitting with auto-pilot knitting. I chose to take along another sock project, but a cabled sock, so it could be both reasonably easy and reasonably engaging.
So yes, to recap: for four days away I had four socks and a lace project that requires 800m+ of yarn. Needless to say, I didn’t run out.
Whether you need a travel project, or are just looking for something to add to your fall wardrobe, we have a Lisa Souza sock yarn giveaway!
The prize is a Gratitude sock kit: enough Lisa Souza yarn for both versions of this lovely sock design from our First Fall issue.
Dark version: Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks, Cashmere Silk Fingering; [55% Bombyx Silk, 45% Cashmere, 400 yards per 2 oz. skein]; Marionberry; 1 skein
Light version: Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks, Sock!; [75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon, 450 yards per 4 oz. skein]; Zazu; 1 skein
Prize value: $50
The usual rules apply. Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, September 12, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctlyÂ they will win our prize.