Many knitters knit only at home. But there is a definite and I think growing group of knitters who also like to bring a project along, to knit on when they wait at the doctor’s office, drinking coffee with a friend, traveling (provided you are not the one doing the driving), or even standing in line at the grocery store. But, what makes a good travel project?
Well, first of all it has to be relatively small. Of course there are some exceptions, some of you have seen me traveling quite happily with my Oregon project. And in the end it was definitely not small.
An second requirement is that it does not require lots of different tools. If all you need is yarn, needles, and a 1 page pattern, then that makes it in my opinion a good travel project. Which is why a lot of knitters use a sock or a dishcloth as a travel project. But it is also why I didn’t mind taking Oregon along, because despite it’s size, it was just needles, yarn and a 1 page pattern, and one that was pretty easy to stay on track on. I am also pretty flexible, because I have also done car travel with a lace shawl that needed beads. That is not for everyone, as the risk of spilling your beads is relatively big, depending on your “beading system”.
As I mentioned before, I pulled out a couple of projects from the UFO stack, one being the Andromeda socks, which is a great travel project. Except when you go traveling and discover you did not choose the right needle size. But that is the bane of any travel project.
But I also pulled out Casablanca. This is definitely NOT a travel project. This is the average set-up when I work on it:
Yes, that is a wine glass, though that is not always part of my setup. But the magnetic board with 4 letter-size pages, the crochet hook with cork on it, the tube of beads, a small ziplock container to keep a few beads at a time in, the cone of yarn, and of course the project on the needles, are a requirement for almost every other row I do. The return rows or even rows don’t need all the tools, as they are pretty much border stitches in garter and purl stitches for the rest. I think you can understand though, why this is not a very good travel project? 😀