I’ve been wanting to compile this list for a while now. Here are the best reasons I’ve come up with to pick up knitting (or crocheting) and then to travel with your knitting hobby!
1. Lightweight. 1 or 2 needles and some yarn makes it easy to pack into your purse or bag and you have instant entertainment!
2. Electricity free. Not only are you not tied to a power outlet, but you can start it immediately as soon as you sit down in say an airplane seat. No waiting until you reach 30,000 feet which means instant gratification for all you idle hands out there! This is also a bonus when, say, you’re without power for a week. You can knit a lot when there is no power (although it is admittedly harder to do by candlelight).
3. Breaks the ice. I have met more people on airplanes knitting in the past 2 years than I ever have before. People will remark at what you’re making (including flight attendants, and in my experience it always pays to befriend them!) and other people nearby will join in. Knitting is a friendly activity and apparently everyone likes a knitter! Once, a man sitting next to me starting talking to me because had two daughters that knit and crochet and we struck up a conversation. Next thing I know we were talking about nanotechnology and I got his business card because he worked at a national lab that I’ve worked at before and we (the hubs and I) were both considering applying for jobs at! I also met a local author and exchanged tips with other unsuspecting knitters in hiding. And if you don’t talking to people…
4. You might as well just put some headphones on while you knit. That’s cool too. Once you’ve reached 30,000 ft of course.
The only downsides are that on occasion misinformed TSA agents will give you static for bringing the needles through security. Print out that TSA information from online and hopefully that will help!
And for anyone who’s interested in the sweater I can put updates soon. I have no idea how this thing is going to come together and I’ve reached a little snag that has me super frustrated but I am proud to report that I could stop where I’m at and basically have a sweater vest! Pleading with the husband, but he seems to really want those sleeves. Maybe I can make my March deadline after all…