Sorry, another alphabet cop out. (The only way is up from here!) However, it is a relevant one with holiday season upon us. If you aren’t a travel sickness sufferer (or the designated driver!) then long car journeys are a perfect opportunity for some crochet time. I find crochet relaxing (generally!) so I always have a project that is portable which I can take in the car and on holiday. Those warm summer evenings in the caravan awning (or even outside), a beverage of choice (I quite like a nice pear cider or a hot chocolate) and some good company go hand in hand with a lovely little crochet project.
I keep my projects in fabric bags so that all of the bits for them are kept together, but some are more suitable for taking out of the house than others. I also take.my crochet hook roll everywhere so I don’t lose my hooks, scissors or needles. Anything bigger than a baby blanket isn’t great for working on in the car! I like things that are made of multiple pieces, like granny square blankets, as portable projects because you don’t need to take the rest of the project with you and you only need a few balls of wool.
I also think carefully about patterns for on the go projects. Nowadays most of my patterns come from the Internet and I just bookmark them on my phone. However, caravan sites (from experience) tend to not have the best reception for mobile Internet. I either screenshot the pattern and save it as a photo or steer clear of projects which are too complicated. Simple repeating patterns are ideal as, if you’re anything like me, keeping track of where you’re up to when you’re constantly interrupted (for example to navigate stupidly complicated roundabouts-I love my husband dearly but he can read road signs as well as I can) is really tricky and leads to frustrating mistakes.
Mr Craft mocks me for my inability to leave the house without a crochet project, but it’s surprising what you can achieve in half an hour! (Especially if you don’t have to interpret the sat nav at the same time.)
Do you crochet on the go? What are your top tips for it?