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.
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.