The Editor Wants to Know: How Do You Make Your Passion Portable?
How to you make your passion portable?

How do you make your passion portable?

With the summer months still upon us, we like to take our knitting everywhere we go and get in a stitch or two every chance we get. But to make this happen, the process needs to be super-easy to pack up your WIPs and go!

So today, I decided to mix things up and ask you two questions so we can interact and really make this fun!

#1. Do you think you’ve found an ingenious way to easily travel with a knitting project or two in tow?

#2. Do you have a unique or funny travel/vacation story about something that involves you and your knitting?

me, knitting in the car a few weeks on my way to Cape Cod. I love knitting for hours on  end in the car!

My latest project in-progress enroute to Cape Cod, Mass. for a little family getaway. Nothing beats watching the scenery while knitting for hours on end in the car!

I can’t wait to hear from you because your story might even appear on the pages of Creative Knitting magazine!

Let’s start the conversation! Leave your comment below or on the Creative Knitting Facebook Page.

19 Responses to The Editor Wants to Know: How Do You Make Your Passion Portable?

  1. Joe Aviles says:

    I specialize in lace,and I always travel with a WIP in my backpack on circular needles, I work on it on the bus, the doctors office, or anywhere I have to hurry up and wait!

    • Kara says:

      Hi Joe,
      It sounds like you make it super-easy to knit anywhere. Circular needles are the best, because they easily coil up in your bag. No pointy straight needles poking out!

  2. J. Dennis says:

    I find socks are wonderfully portable. A pair on the go fits even in a small handbag and still leaves room for a wallet, keys and cell. I always find it’s easiest to have a “turn your brain off” project stashed in a bag for travel. ECopies of my patterns (PDF, etc) saved on my iPad is ep much easier than a book for more complicated patterns.

    There are a myriad of knitting bags out there and a good one helps keep all your projects stashed and organized. My favourite bag for bringing EVERYTHING I need is my “Bag of Holding” that I purchased from Thinkgeek. Oodles of pockets for small projects, and still lots of space for wallet, keys, iPad, and whatever else I want to bring.

    Amusing story for knitting on the go: I had gotten in the habit of keeping a simple dishcloth stashed in my purse along with cotton and needles. After going out with a group of friends, I walked back to a friend’s apartment to spend the night. I awoke the next morning and realized one of my Bright orange knitlite needles had gone missing. I had no idea where I had lost it. I was sad as knitlite needles aren’t easily replaced. While walking to meet friends for a study group that morning, I saw something sticking out of a bush several blocks from my friend’s apartment. Yep, a bright orange knitlite needle! I still have those needles nearly a decade later.

  3. Cora says:

    I take my knitting EVERYWHERE! I even took it on our honeymoon which happened to be with about 40 others, including another couple also on their honeymoon. The choir my husband belongs to was on a tour in Southern Scotland & Northern England. I became known as the knitting lady during this trip. I finished a pair of socks (Harry Potter themed ) and dishcloths/squares. Also bought some gorgeous yarn that I still haven’t figured out what to do with. It was a steal! £5.00 for a bag of 10 skeins, so we bought 3 bags. This was in a small shop in York, England. Beautiful place…the cathedral is amazing! When I got tired I would just pull out my project out of my purse and relax. I guess Knitting in public was unusual as I had my picture taken a lot! Some if the cathedrals sold knitting patterns for gargoyles or tea cozies, so we bought them. I had a lot of fun for 14 days. Was even asked on the plane what was I knitting. I don’t do well on planes especially on take off and landings so this helped me to relax.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Cora,
      What a fun story. I agree, I don’t know what I would do without my knitting while flying on a plane. It is so comforting. Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. Betty says:

    Transportable projects are either lace or socks ie 1 ball thin yarn lasts a long time, and using either circular needles (lace) or DPNs (Socks). The whole goes into an 4A size zipped holder with a zipped pocket for 1 or 2 pages of photocopied pattern (enlarged, notable)and needle, scissor or whatever else is necessary. The holder is thick enough not to let pointy bits go through and water resistant against spilling accidents.
    With health issues it goes anywhere with me, from waiting room to public transport, releasing stress and anxiety, keeping me focused, enveloping me in a little world of peace, creativity and chats. It opens conversation on charity knitting and the plight of homelessness for which I knit a lot.

    • Kara says:

      Great comment, Betty. What an amazing gift in common that we all share. It’s wonderful that we have a passion that we can partake in no matter where we are, and use it with the intention to protect and make others warm and happy too. What a fantastic public service!

  5. Pat Hansen says:

    Well, I like to use my Denise Interchangeable needles. Usually I have my projects on the circular cords, and I just unscrew the needles and endcap both sides until I pick it up again. It comes in really handy, as those cords are great stitch holders. And I use a really long cord for magic loop on circular projects, so I can just pull the work down the cords a bit and don’t worry about losing stitches!

  6. Sindy says:

    Circular needles are the biggest secret to knitting on the go for me. I can stick a small project in my bag and not fear losing stitches. Once I discovered knitting socks on two circulars I bring socks.

  7. Linda Riddle says:

    I always have several bags ready with projects to grab-n’-go when I head out. I take one when I get a pedicure; one when I travel with my guy to places we flyfish and always take one on the plane when I go visit my older daughter across the country. Last time I went, there were several of us knitting in the airport while waiting for arrival of the plane. We all boarded and after getting settled, I began knitting and the woman next to me pulled out her knitting. She was reading her pattern and looked over at me. She had a few rows on her needles and then she said, “could you teach me how to purl?” I said sure. I showed her on her needles as the next rows were purl. I went slowly and about mid-way the row I returned the needles to her. She looked lost and I gently helped her a bit and by the beginning of the next row she was beaming because she had learned how to purl. It was my pleasure and seeing her smile was worth it.

    That same trip, I sat with my daughter and got her going with just knitting and purling. We did not have much time for teaching as we went to a fiber festival but at least I thought I got her off to beginning and she then taught me how to spin with a hand spindle. Within a few months, she had it all down and was knitting circles around me! The reason I have several projects going is sometimes a difficult pattern needs a break and then I knit something that just rolls off the needles and doesn’t require so much concentration. I’ve been knitting for over 40 years and am self-taught. There is still a lot I want to learn to do with needles.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Linda,
      What a great story. I have fond knitting stories from knitting in planes and airports myself. I always get excited when I see other knitters. Just a few months ago, I was on a plane with at least 5 other knitters, it was pretty amazing!

  8. Penny Miller says:

    I made a small drawstring fabric bag and carry a baby hat WIP. Small, portable, easy pattern. Don’t have to think about it, I can even knit while standing in line at the market, waiting in the doctor’s office, even waiting for dinner in a restaurant.

  9. Marianne Inman says:

    I just got home from a 10 day hospital stay, I had a total right knee replacement. Getting old is not for sissies, LOL!! If I hadn’t had my knitting I would have been stir crazy. I had packed up several “easy” type projects and end up finishing several dishcloths/washcloths which I gifted to my wonderful nursing staff. One fell in love with a market bag I was working on, I didn’t have the correct needles to finish the handles but will surprise her with the bag next week when I go in to get the staples removed!
    I would take one project with me and sit in a big room with several huge windows, I was able to see the trees moving in the breezes, was a great stress release to knit and look at the trees and clouds. Was asked many questions about my knitting, hopefully our local yarn shop had some new customers as I really promoted their classes for beginning knitting and crocheting.
    At home and surrounded by my wonderful yarn stash, all is well, hmmm will be better if this knee will finally bend to 90 degrees, LOL.

    • Kara says:

      Hi Marianne,
      Washcloths are a life saver for getting in some quick knitting. I love them myself on so many levels, especially for learning a new stitch. No big investment of time or money. Good luck with your knee, I’m sure you’ll get to 90 degrees in no time. Keep on knitting!

  10. nancy in IN says:

    I have a project in a knitting bag and in a large zip lock bag. This bag goes with me when we travel. Also in there is my phone charger, sewing kit, and GPS. I knit back and forth to our cabin (45 minutes) and our sons house (75 minutes). We go to son’s house each week and cabin at least once a week. Most of my knitting is for charity–prayer shawls and scarves.

  11. Emjay says:

    I like to take projects I call “mindless knitting” to meetings. Usually it is a hat knitted on circular needles. I can 1×1 rib, 2×2 rib, and plain knit (or purl) without having to look at the knitting, so it isn’t too distracting for other people. My favorites for these are about 2″ of ribbing with the rest of the hat in stockinette, or just a 2×2 rib knit hat that can be pulled down or turned up as one wishes. I usually have one ready to go at all times. I seldom get a chance to knit in the car because I am usually the driver, but have done so on occasion. I also take my knitting along when I have appointments where I am likely to have to wait. Hats, mittens and socks are good items for these, also baby items. I try to work on simpler items when I’m on the go so I don’t have to pay so much attention to the pattern stitches.

  12. julie says:

    I keep several bags of various sizes in the car or near the door. All contain yarn and circular knitting needles. The surprise is to see what project I will work on while I wait, It might be a scarf, a prayer shawl, a baby hat, or a pocket doll for Knitting 4 peace.

  13. Ellisen says:

    Always travel with a project in a canvas bag. Something not complicated, so I can knit and talk to people at the same time.

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