Portable project inspiration
07/11/2017                       #717
Summer is here, and that means many of us are on the go!

Exploring new places, both near and far, is one of my favorite things to do. Whether I'm getting on a plane or a train, or just taking a quick road trip, I am always sure to bring at least one crafting project with me (if I'm being honest with you, it's generally more like four projects... regardless of how long I'm going to be away). 

I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, so here are some tips and tricks I've learned on my various travels. 

1. You can almost always take knitting needles on airplanes if you're traveling within the United States.
I've been fortunate to travel to many states in the nation, and I've never had trouble bringing my knitting projects on the plane. That said, it's always a good idea to call the airline or airport information line to confirm. When I've gone overseas and flown back to the United States, many international airlines suggest not bringing knitting needles on the planes, but I have been able to work on crochet projects on flights that leave from other countries. 

To our overseas readers, let us know if knitting needles are cleared for boarding on flights within your countries!  
2. Choose your projects strategically. Smaller projects, or small pieces of projects, are good bets.
Anyone who’s ever traveled and tried to fit numerous outfits into a carry-on suitcase understands the importance of maximizing space. The smaller the project, the easier it will be to knit while you’re traveling. Bonus points if you finish the project, because then you clearly have to buy a new skein of souvenir yarn, right? For me, this usually means socks or a hat, such as Shannon Cook's Cavilleri Hat (above), but you could also very easily knit a pair of sleeves for a sweater or cardigan without taking up too much space in your luggage.
3. Choose your tools wisely. There are worse things than dropping a double-pointed needle while on a plane and having it roll to the back of the cabin, but why tempt fate?
And obviously you want to strongly consider the yarn you're using for your projects. A yarn that has to be wound is maybe not the best choice—the cakes can get squished in transit and fall out of shape, leading to a tangle, but yarn that comes in a center-pull ball, like the specially designed Berroco Ultra® Wool, is probably going to be easier to manage in tight spaces.

4. Most importantly, have fun! 
Whether you're on an adventure to a new place or returning to an old haunt, the important thing is to really enjoy this break from your daily routine. Why not have fun taking pictures of your in-progress scarf wrapped around a statue in a new-to-you city, or adorning a tree while on a hike with your family? I'm heading to Iceland later this year, and I'll be looking for opportunities to show off my on-the-needles project against the backdrop of that beautiful country.
Download This Week's Free Pattern
The Julie socks are great for travel knitting! Knit from the cuff down in Berroco Comfort® Sock, these sweet socks feature a folded hem with picot edging and a simple lace stitch pattern. The pattern is written for two circular needles (no worries about dropping a double-pointed needle in the car!), but you can use your preferred method to work these socks.
Find Berroco Comfort Sock Near You

What are you taking on the road with you? Don't forget, one of the Berroco Bingo squares is "Visit a new-to-you LYS"—time to scope out some yarn stores along your travel routes! Use our Store Locator to find Berroco retailers wherever you go. 

Happy knitting, and happy trails,


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