How to decide what knitting to take when travelling?

How do you decide what holiday knitting to take with you when you travel? Do you spend more time choosing what yarn to take than which clothes to pack?

This week we tackle the thorny subject of holiday/travel knitting. A source of much anguish for the average knitter, choosing what to take with you, and what to leave behind, can be like picking a favourite child. Even a short getaway can lead to stash packing that would enable you to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Holiday knitting stash

Jo’s top 3 tips for travel knitting projects

1) A one-skein shawl. Any will do, but the best ones involve a repeating two-row pattern for the majority of the project. Hitchiker by Martina Behm, FFFS by Louise Tilbrook and a lot of the Curious Handmade shawls (Spindrift and Talisman spring to mind but Pebble Beach could be good too).

2) Socks. Self striping and pattern-free preferably, especially for car knitting.

3) Simple stocking stitch or garter stitch acres in larger garments, depending upon the mode of travel.

How much holiday knitting is too much?

So, today we discuss some ideas for how to decide what to take and what kind of projects lend themselves particularly well to travel knitting. Towards the end of the episode, we are joined again by Leona Jayne of Fluph, with some outtakes from her episode in 120.

Here, she discusses which projects she will be taking on her trip, which includes a 10 and 12 hour flight just to get there.

Good potential travel knitting projects

Kunye by Clare Devine

Dotted Rays by Stephen West

Music for this episode is by Adam and The Walter Boys with ‘I Need a Drink’, available on iTunes.