In a few days, I will be traveling with the Knit Traders 2016 Knitting and Fibre Tour of Portugal. Since I was on the Italy Knitting Tour in 2014, I have some idea of what to expect in terms of available time for working on projects and what types of projects would travel well.
Although I am looking forward to this trip, I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the idea of travel. I love to travel, to experience a different culture and countryside, to find creative inspiration, and to broaden my life experiences. Yet, I hate to leave behind my family, my dogs and my creative pursuits. So I will calm my soul by planning what creature comforts I will take with me.
My family photos are on my cell phone. That one is easy. But deciding what I will take to work on usually takes me longer than deciding what I will take to wear. Am I alone here?
As a knitter, rug maker and spinner, I have a lot of UFO’s (unfinished objects) from which to choose. But there is usually a reason why these things are UFOs and rather than revisiting old projects and the associated issues that caused me to set them aside, I want to work on something new and exciting. My projects also need to be lightweight and to occupy minimal real estate in both my luggage and my brain. After all, I want to be able to chat with everyone, listen to what the tour guide is saying and enjoy the scenery, all while creating.
My first thought is to take my support spindle and some colourful H’ewePhoria punis. This fits all of my criteria and because it is a support spindle rather than a drop spindle, I do not need a lot of room to spin my yarn in my oh-so-tiny airplane seat.
My support spindle resembles an 11” wooden knitting needle with a large knob on one end. As airport security allows knitting needles on board a plane, I was hopeful that my support spindle would also pass airport security. But, just to be sure that my hand-made spindle would not be confiscated, I called the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) 1-888-294-2202 and Christian assured me that it would be allowed.
I also plan to take some knitting. After all, this is a knitting tour. I have a simple, linear, shocking pink, linen stitch project in progress. Worked on circular needles, it fits into a small knitting bag. Like my support spindle, this I can work on while talking to others and enjoying the scenery.
And yes, I have a third option. A rug hooking project, which I may take if I have enough time to prepare it and room to pack it. It may be a bit more cumbersome but I do hate to be away from my rug hooking.
Realistically, I know that I will be so busy on this trip that I may not spend much time on my projects. Nonetheless, I will be comforted by having them with me and having the possibility of creating while I travel.
Until next time,
Rhonda of H’ewePhoria