Crafting on the Go

One of my favorite things about beginning my knitting adventure a year ago was how it transformed traveling. No longer were airport waits, interminable subway rides or rainier-than-expected vacations a thing to be feared. With a project in hand, the longest delays are bearable – even fun! Here are a few photos of our staffs’ crafting on the go adventures.

A quintessential crafter’s suitcase: more yarn than clothes.

Knitting on my honeymoon with the Swiss Alps in the background = bliss

Warm lakeside knitting sessions by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Not pictured: ice cream and dorky tourist sneakers.

travel knitting with Knit Picks

You know how I mentioned “rainier-than-expected” vacations? That was 90% of our honeymoon in Switzerland. Thankfully,  my husband loves knitting too, and didn’t mind many crafty afternoons curled up on the couch.

We visited Leavenworth, WA (a tiny, Bavarian-style town) during a snowy Christmas season, lodging in a beautiful, 100-yr old mansion. I still am not quite sure if it was all real or not …

Also remember those interminable subway rides I mentioned? Crocheting dishcloths kept me entertained during during my mass transit adventures in New Jersey to see my sister compete in the Special Olympics National Games. Bonus points for matching nails and skirt!

crafting on the go with Knit Picks

Stacey, our Outreach Director, knitting on a train ride to Salzburg, Austria. Can’t you just hear how the hills are alive with the sound of music?

Travel knitting with Knit Picks

Emily, catalog manager at our sister company Connecting Threads, making us all jealous with her beach side knitting.

From Hannah, our catalog director:

“We were traveling on the ferry up to the San Juan Islands and I was knitting a Windswept sweater by Tin Can Knits for my niece Ella in Swish DK! The trip was extra eventful because soon after our ferry collided with a fishing boat. Very exciting!”

What traveling adventures have you taken your fiber crafts on? We’d love to hear!

 

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5 comments

  1. Kerrie / June 27, 2017 / Reply

    I was dropped off at the airport early on my way home from Minneapolis. Glad TSA didn’t take away my circular knitting needles. I knit for a few hours at the gate on an Afghan worked in strips — future wedding gift. . My son works for the airline, so I travel very cheaply, but always on standby. Always good to have something to do to pass the time!

  2. EmilyVictoria / June 27, 2017 / Reply

    As a resident of NYC, I knit and read everywhere. The entire archipelago is perfectly designed for transit crafting (especially with our news worthy commuting times lately). In my tote bag there are five essentials, knitting, book, notebook, fountain pen and water bottle. Even if I’m stuck on the E train between stops for half an hour, I going to be productive.

  3. Heidi Smith / June 28, 2017 / Reply

    I don’t have subway rides (country dweller here) and I’m not lucky enough to travel in the Swiss Alps (call me jealous lol), but I do talk my husband into driving, when I can, in order that I might grab some time to knit or crochet.

  4. Spring / June 28, 2017 / Reply

    I like that knitting, (once you know how), can be a hobby that you don’t have to watch. Unlike reading, knitting almost “helps” you to pay attention to your surroundings. I get “lost” in books, and knitting is something that allows me to pass the time, and pay attention.

  5. Laura / June 28, 2017 / Reply

    Knitting, crocheting, even needle punch allowed me to be present with my mom in nursing care in her last years in a way I simply could not if no project graced my lap. When I was not engaged in making something my “back burner processing” thought up things for me to do elsewhere or wonder about, “What time am I supposed to pick up my son? Did I move laundry before leaving the house? Are we out of celery? Did I return that call to school?” A project underway, for some reason, let me engage with her completely. Absolutely no remote distractions presented themselves. I was able to be “all there.” It was great! Not to mention the way it attracted people to us and folded her into many more conversations. Folks liked to track the progress of whatever was underway and they got to speak of their own past projects and handiwork. Smiles shared all around.