Monday, February 17, 2014

Travel Knitting for Australia

Do you have trouble planning your travel knitting like I do? I'm looking for 2 types of knitting: Simple carry along knitting and and easy but relatively interesting knitting for the plane. I do not want to have to figure anything out while I'm on the plane. I just want to knit.

I'm traveling to Australia for 3 weeks. (I hear a lot of conflicting stories on whether or not I can take my knitting on the plane to Australia. I'm flying a US carrier so the flight there should be no problem. Its coming home that will be interesting. According to the Australian Governments site, Travel Security Site, knitting needles crochet hooks are no longer banned as of December 25, 2009 and they are not listed on the current Prohibited Items List page. My concern is that many of the stories of prohibition are more recent than 2009.

To deal with the possible confiscation of my needles, I'm not taking my favorite Hiya Hiya Sharps on the trip. Instead, I'm taking my Knitters Pride Wood interchangables. This way, if my needles are confiscated, I only need to unscrew the tips and off I go. While I'm not fond of the cords or of wood needles in general, the tips on these needles are sharp and that is my overriding concern when knitting because I am a tight knitter.

Now, I've decided what needles to take, I need to decide what patterns to take. The first need is easy. I'll take some yarn for simple socks and simple mitts. These patterns are mostly in my head. All I need is a simple table and the ability to count rows. I usually carry knitting like this wherever I go anyway. This knitting won't be for the plane, but will be with me once I'm there. Again, I'll use my knitters pride wood circulars just in case.

My first plane knitting project was an easy decision. I have wanted to knit Brickless with my Miss Babs club yarn in the Berlin colorway for a while. A friend of mine just completed her Brickless where she replaced the 1x1 ribbing with a brioche rib. I liked the look, so I started knitting the pattern to figure out how the brioche will work.

Now I need to figure out a second pattern that uses a larger needle for backup plane knitting. I thought a simple lace pattern would be nice, so I started looking at Japanese Waves Rectangled Shawl. After looking at the pattern directions, I decided it required too much "figuring out" to get started. Once started, the pattern is easy enough but the directions are bit vague. The next shawl I looked at was Zephyr Cove. This one has way too much garter for what I need for this trip. I then took a look at Iron Maiden. Again, not too difficult, but there was too much pattern interpretation for a backup project. Finally I settled on Sweet Jazz. The shawl is long and thin the way I like them.

Like always, I'm sure I'm taking too much knitting with me. Starting at the lower left,
  • Miss Babs Yummy Sock in Woodland Violet for a pair of simple stockinette socks. Should I finish them, there will be enough leftover yarn for a pair of stockinette mitts.
  • Abstract Fiber Mighty Sock in Laurelhurst (also the center skein). I'll use this yarn for Sweet Jazz. There will be enough leftover for either a pair of simple socks or a pair of mitts.
  • Some leftover Miss Babs Yummy Sock in Mums for a pair of mitts.
  • Miss Babs Yowza what a skein in the Berlin colorway for the Brickless shawl.
  • Some leftover Abstract Fiber Supersock for a pair of stockinette mitts.

    Too much yarn? I think so, but I'm taking it anyway.


    Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

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