We spent last week in New York City, and had a fabulous time. While packing for the trip, I knew I wanted to take a little knitting project to keep my mind and hands busy during the in-betweens of airports and cafes–it had to be something I could carry easily, that would tuck into a corner of my bag without much weight or space. At first I thought I might finally learn to knit delicate cotton lace–the sort of thing that would edge a petticoat. But not really requiring petticoat lace at this moment (alas), I decided instead on this cute “shawlette” I found on Ravelry. It uses one tiny skein of super-soft lace weight yarn that rolls up smaller than a tennis ball, and circular needles that also roll up, so there are no straight needles sticking out of your purse. I whipped up a little drawstring bag (directions here) just the right size to carry the materials, and the pattern–printed small, and cut down. I got a bit of the project started before I left so I wouldn’t have to do the inevitable mathematics of casting-on and first rows on the airplane. Perfect!
It doesn’t have to be knitting. Tuck a tiny portion of any project into a little bag –drawing, watercolor, a bit of sewing, writing, even drop-spindle spinning–and take it with you. We can be ready to create with ease wherever we are, without lugging a ton of stuff.
How do you make your creativity portable?