Tips for travelling with your not so Secret Yarn Stash!
Friday, 13 May 2022
We are very much heading into holiday season now, and this year perhaps more than ever people are excited to get away, even if it's just for a mini-break!
If you are planning a getaway anytime soon, then you're probably going to want to take your yarn projects with you. There's nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up and getting to work on a yarn project (unless you start an epic project that requires a lot of brainpower - maybe leave that one behind for another time)
The problem is not the relaxing, I think we've got that one covered with the holiday, the real issue is transporting the project!
There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination with a ball of knotted wool and and a project that has unravelled! If you've been knitting or crocheting for any length of time, then you'll have likely picked up some tips and tricks along the way, but we've put together a handy little checklist , so that you can be sure you're covered when you're next packing up your suitcase!
Before we dive into the checklist, let's cover some tips that can make your holiday project as enjoyable as possible...
Choosing the right project for your holiday
There are many different kinds of holiday, and depending on your plans, you may wish to choose your yarn project accordingly. If you are sunning yourself on the beach, or are escaping to the country for a peaceful break, you may wish to take a project you can really get stuck into and concentrate on. However, if your next holiday involves children running around then you might want to consider something simple and easy to pick up and put down quickly! Whatever the project, make sure you have enough wool and some extra so that you don't run out - but on that note, don't go overboard, you need to actually put clothes in your suitcase
Tips for transporting your yarn
- If you're planning a road trip, then you'll want something easy to grab and go. A small drawstring bag is a great option as you can leave the wool in the bag and draw it through the opening (a similar thing can be done with a plastic container with holes in).
- If you are travelling further afield, and maybe on a plane, then you'll need to read up on regulations concerning hooks, needles and scissors etc. Knitting needles and crochet hooks are normally allowed with you on the plane, but just in case you encounter an overzealous staff member at airport security, a good tip is to take bamboo hooks or needles as these are less likely to be considered a hazard. No surprise that scissors are not allowed on board, but small nail clippers should be permitted!
- It shouldn't happen, but losing your patterns would be a disaster! So to avoid any mishaps you could download PDF files of any patterns, or simply take photos of the patterns you'll need (this is a also a great way to save space when packing)
Some great holiday projects
A great project for a holiday would a be a one skein project - you know how much we absolutely love the YarnArt Flowers Moonlight Yarn Cakes - and this shawl is a great pattern that requires just one cake:
Other great projects would be smaller items such as socks, summer tops or shawls, and even summer hats. Or, if you are making granny squares or motifs for a larger project, this is a great option for taking with you!
Okay, so on to our checklist of things:
A Yarn Crafter's Travel Checklist
Now this list is not exhaustive - but it covers anything you might need as a yarn crafter on holiday! (You will not need everything on the list depending on your craft of choice)
If you are looking for a super cute project to make your holiday 'kit' all the more special - then check out this awesome carry case that Jo from the Squirrel Picnic made as an upcycling project!
We hope you've found this post helpful - and if you want to share any of your tips with us for travelling with your yarn craft, then join our FB group and let us know!