The last two weeks have involved living out of one of these.
One great thing about traveling a lot is that you learn how to pack. I can get clothes for a week, plus my yoga mat, in a roll-on-board bag that is sized to to fit overhead on even the smallest airplane. But knitting is a different story.
After years of trying out different bags, I finally settled on a Longchamp Le Pliage bag that sits on top of my carry on bag and holds an IPad, my purse (I usually take a clutch – a 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag that is the perfect size) and my knitting. The variable, of course, is the knitting. I always like to travel with multiple projects in case of emergency (I'm looking at you Jet Blue, and the four hours without water or knitting I once spent on a runway in your care) and this bag is flexible enough to handle that.
The picture above is my knitting bag for the last two weeks of non-stop travel. In addition to the quilt square you saw in the previous post, I worked on two additional quilt squares and did the cast on for a cashmere shawl I've been meaning to get to for quite awhile.
I spent most of my time on my Drachenfels Shawl, which finally got to the third color.
And, my new found love of colorwork is untarnished, if anything I've become addicted. The Knit Companion iPad program was a wonderful help in keeping the pattern straight.
By the end of my flight last night, I was into the decrease rounds. This hat was intended as a training exercise/swatch, but I'm really happy with how it is turning out.
2 thoughts on “Travel & Knitting”
Your Drachenfels is awesome, I love your colour choice! I’m looking forward to see the finished Drachenfels.
How do you manage to get you knitting stuff in the aircraft? In europe it is nearly impossible to get kniiting needles passed thriugh security checks.
Thank you! I do love Drachenfels. It’s been sitting aside while I finished a few other things, but I need to pull it back out!
In the US, TSA makes it possible to always carry knitting on planes. I don’t know what the rules are in Europe, and don’t fly there frequently, but I’ve had no trouble there, nor in the Middle East or Central America with my knitting.