I enjoy both crochet and travel and have mixed them together on a lot of occasions. Crochet is one of those hobbies that can be really portable and can fill in those long hours. I crocheted on my USA trip and have come up with a few pointers and tips for anyone interested.
Size. Don’t bring a giant double size blanket with you. It’s heavy and not practical. Bring something small or something you can sew together later. Make a few granny squares, a baby size blanket, a scarf, beanie, or shawl.
Limit yourself to only a few colours. The last thing you want is to juggle 15 different colours. This takes up space in your bag and increases the risk of misplacing something. Stick to 3 balls of yarn. If you must bring heaps of colours rewind them into smaller balls.
Storage. Project bags are a must. I have several made of cotton or organza. The opening is a drawstring allowing it to be fully closed but still be able to draw up the yarn. I travel with a normal sized handbag which allows for 1 ball of 100g 8ply yarn. This is an awesome size as it isn’t too bulky. Watch out of liquids in your bag (or nature) from spilling on your project.
Hooks. While it is legal to carry hooks on Australian international and domestic flights you should always check with your airline. I’ve had mixed results in having to open my bag and prove that it’s just a hook. With my first flight with hooks i was so scared they’d take them off me I brought a plastic hook! I hated this and it slowed me down. My next flight saw me take my ‘good’ hook and wasn’t any drama. I also took my hooks through security at The Pentagon, One World Observatory, and The Capitol Building in Washington with no problems. This info may change at a later time 😉
Looks. People will look, people will be curious. It’s something you have to deal with. I go into my own world and don’t even think about it, my sister seems to notice it more.
Goals. Don’t set goals, enjoy your holiday. If you don’t feel like crocheting, don’t do it.
I found this yarn at Lincraft and immediately loved the colours, it’s so hard to get a nice rainbow mix. I decided to use my pattern i came up with which is a row of grannies followed by a row of solids. Super simple to do and super effective. I got bored with the same repeat pattern so mixed it up with a few more rows of solids. The yarn worked so well with this sort of pattern. Actually I think this yarn would suit a lot of patterns. It was really nice to work with an no joins! My cat stole this blanket half way through so I had to steal it back. I get really bored when rounds take forever so I finished this blanket when it was just over a metre wide.
A couple of weeks ago i travelled to Sydney for the NRL grand final. Naturally I brought my yarn and hook with me! We visited a lot of the touristy spots as well as some of our old favourites. The weather was super hot considering we usually wear jean and jumpers in October, but it was 36 degrees!! Over the weekend we drove up to The Entrance on the Central Coast. I managed to find a shop that has a heap of crochet magazines! We don’t have anything like this where I live to I stocked up! We drove Continue reading Travel: Sydney Weekend →
Living in a tropical location is awesome, but one of the downsides is the lack of yarn shops. We have two craft stores but not much in terms of specialty shops. I was in Sydney over the weekend for the NRL grand final and came across Morris and Sons. It’s right in the Continue reading Yarn Shop Love: Morris and Sons →
I’ve just come back from a long weekend away in Sydney. Naturally I took my crochet project with me! We covered a lot of the NSW wales area with trips to The Blue Mountain, The Entrance, Bondi Beach, and Brighton-Le-Sands.
The project I am working on is a simple corner to corner but with random colour changes. So I didn’t have to bring scissors on the plane I precut lengths of the yarn and took them with me. This was a great idea! I found crocheting in the car very relaxing and the flight took no time!
In Australia you can bring crochet hooks on planes but I didn’t want to risk my hook I purchased in America so brought a cheap plastic hook instead.