I’ve spent a lot of time in the car this year with my family, with several trips to Philadelphia and back, and a round-trip drive across the country, and I have the knitting to prove it. Car knitting has to fit certain parameters: for me, it has to be something I can do without looking, because otherwise I get carsick, and it has to be portable. For those of you traveling for Thanksgiving, here are some ideas for projects to take with you in the car or on the plane.* The patterns I suggest here are either free, from books you probably already have, and/or in books available at the shop.
For a quick trip, consider a Baby Bib O’Love from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. Use basic dishcloth cotton like CoolSpun from Kertzer, or try an organic cotton like Palma, currently on sale for 20% off.
Show some Steelers Pride wherever you go, and knit a quick hat — try a basic earflap hat like Kim’s Hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts or some arm-warmers — like Toast — in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s Worsted in Steelers Pride.
Do a basic sock like Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s good, plain sock recipe from Knitting Rules and choose a yarn that does the work for you. Opal’s Harry Potter sock yarn is self-patterning. Or try a more subtle long run of color, like Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock or Crystal Palace Mini Mochi.
Have a longer trip ahead of you? Grab two skeins each of contrasting colors of Noro Silk Garden and give Jared Flood’s famous Noro Striped Scarf a try (or, um, make a few more of these addicting scarves). If you’d like a more economical alternative, this scarf looks fabulous in a skein of Cascade 220 paired with one colorway of Silk Garden. A longer trip is also a good time to plug away on an endless slog of garter stitch, from a Log Cabin blanket from Mason Dixon to any Elizabeth Zimmermann Surprise Jacket.
We wish you safe travels this holiday season! We hope your Thanksgiving is happy and delicious!
* For those of you flying, yes, you may bring knitting needles on the plane in the United States as per TSA guidelines.