Knitty Holiday Planning

In a rush, summer has arrived in a blaze of sunshine. I’ve got to admit, I’ve been caught out by the suddenness of the heat. Some friends (those without children) have started going on holiday. And now my thoughts are turning to holiday projects although our vacation is still an age away.

I am not one for shirking yarn in the heat. I think all natural yarns help dissipate clamminess unless you’re working on an aran weight blanket! So what to take on holiday? Military planning is required.

summer knitting

Tuppy von Monster is a perfect Summer creation. Find him on elliphantom.com

If you’re driving to your destination, you have the ideal set up as within certain boundaries (leave enough room for the driver), you can take as much as you want! However, if you’re flying…well, that’s another matter.

I tend to start by deciding whether I want to work on one project or whether I’m more interested in several small ones. Last year, I took two small projects with me with a third thrown in as a safeguard against boredom. This year, I hope to take two WIPs and one design idea to play with. Or perhaps three WIPs. Hmm…

Then it’s time to choose your yarn and pattern with care. On holiday you want to relax. If working out complex sizing for a new pattern is what you like doing, then no problem. Most people just want to do something a little challenging but not too much so that extra glass of wine at lunch won’t cause mis-knitting mayhem. Socks with repetitive patterns, shawl/scarf (lightweight) with simple lace, a bolero or shrug in cotton or silk yarn, a baby jacket or soft toy, any form of modular knitting, crochet.

If you’re flying, pick light weight yarn and if you can bear to be parted, pack everything in a vacuum sealed bag and put in hold. I’ve got to admit that I never do that. I carry all my precious knitting in my hand luggage. However, if I’ve already started a project, I put a lifeline in the work in case someone objects to the knitting needles. No-one has ever commented as I believe security staff look at the whole person to judge whether you’re the knitting “type” or not before confiscating knitting needles. However, it is a good idea to try to avoid metal needles and DPNs on flights.

And then finally when you’re on holiday, take lots and lots of photos. I always find the light so much better when I’m not in the UK. Have a relaxing time.

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About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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3 Responses to Knitty Holiday Planning

  1. Hannie says:

    If you’re on the flight it’s also handy to get a thread cutter rather than a pair of scissors. The blade is pretty much in a plastic case apart from a small opening where you can push the thread through to cut it.

    I think when my Mum went to New Zealand last year she used children’s sized needles so that they also took up less space in her hand luggage.

    Due to family arrangements the last two or three family holidays for us have been in the UK so I’ve often been able to find a local wool shop and get more wool that way if needed.

  2. bcre8v2 says:

    It’s always fun to “forget” your yarn and buy more when you get to your destination. A great excuse to buy more yarn (not that I need one). On the other hand, I tried that tactic on a trip to Krakow, where I’m sure they have yarn, but could not find a yarn store anywhere! (I know…there had to be one somewhere, but the language barrier may have been part of the problem.)

    • monsteryarns says:

      I’ve got to admit that I think I’d feel a bit panicked going away without yarn. Sad really.
      And I totally agree – I didn’t see any yarn shops either. But lots of amber and yummy cheesecake 🙂

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