You may find it interesting to know that I don’t spend my days playing with yarn. As much as I would love to do that, I need a full-time job to support my yarn habit. I work in the editorial department of a greeting card company and do most of my knitting and crocheting on my two-hour round trip commute. And don’t worry, although I once saw a driver knitting behind the wheel, I’ve never tried it. I’d rather take the bus.
Anyone who’s traveled with a yarn project can tell you the importance of having a good kit to hold your project and supplies. Whether you’re commuting by bus like I am or you’re packing for a summer vacation, here are some articles to help you get organized so you can take your skills on the road, and read on to find out about the kit I finally chose.
Rebecca of Jordana Paige reminds us how to pack yarn projects for air travel.
Amy Palmer of Knitting Daily helps us choose which projects to pack.
Cheryl from Sew Can Do offers this easy tutorial to make your own drawstring tote.
Grommets help keep your yarn tidy in these bags from Top Shelf Totes.
Or you could always make a mobile knitting hat like Kim Thomson.
Most of all, it’s important to choose a kit that will complement how you travel and the type and number of projects you want to take with you. Here’s what I think makes the perfect kit for me: (1) It has to be big enough to hold my sketchbook, tool case, and a whole, almost finished sweater, (2) small enough that it can fit on my lap or under the seat if needed, (3) cute enough to carry with me every day regardless of the weather, and (4) rugged enough to last a long time. And the one case I found that meets my stringent criteria… the 1960s train case.
I got this one on Etsy. It was in great condition. Even the lining was unsoiled, but it just wasn’t me.
So I ripped it all out.
Relining the case really wasn’t that hard, especially with Hodge and Podge to help.
After measuring the inside, I cut the fabric to size and glued it in place with Aleen’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue.
Hodge and Podge helped me cover the seams with gold braid and Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. Just kidding, that stuff was a mess. It would’ve taken me forever to clean it off their paws! They just watched and offered moral support.
Then I got down to organizing all my goodies: crochet hook and dpn organizer, toolbox, measuring tape, floss, pencil and eraser, and sketchbook (how about that squirrel sticker?).
What’s in my toolbox? Clockwise: collapsable scissors, my grandma’s stitch counter, yarn bobbins, big place markers, little place markers, needle point protectors, metal gauge, and tapestry needle.
Time to go!