Travel Planning...

Ok, it's time to 'fess up. How many of you spend more time thinking about the projects you're going to work on during a trip, than planning which clothes you need to pack? I know I can't be the only one. I'm not talking about "summer holiday" knitting here (although you can read my thoughts on that here), I'm thinking about projects for train rides, airports, planes and such. 
Travel planning
Pictured: Destination Travel Wallet  which I won on Twitter! 
You see, next week I'm going on a trip to the Netherlands! I'm pretty excited about it for a number of reasons - one is that I am a self-confessed Dutchophile. Another is that I will get to indulge my passion for solo-travel - when you're usually responsible for little folk (plus a very big one who doesn't particularly like being a passenger) traveling alone - with it's opportunities for airport-browsing, reading, and quiet crafting - is a mini-break in itself. I'm looking forward to that, which is not to say that I won't miss my gang, but still.... 

I'm looking forward to catching up with Wink, plus a load of other lovely bloggers I have not yet met 'in real life' - although Facebook almost passes as real life since we moved to West Sussex. Most exciting of all, as one of the bloggers featured on the Inspiration pages of the Scheepjes website, I will be attending a tour of their factory!

Founded in 1855, Scheepjes (which means "little ships" after the transportation methods they traditionally used) is the oldest Dutch yarn producer still in existence, and I am expecting it to be interesting as well as a lot of fun! As always, my phone will be charged and at my side, so you can expect lots of pictures when I get back.

In the meantime, I am wondering just how many projects are too many, how small a capsule wardrobe for three days can be (to leave room for purchases), and whether I made a mistake booking only carry-on baggage. So far, I'm thinking socks, maybe some yarn and needles for another Clarity Shawl (a pattern I wrote for Let's Knit magazine last summer) which is a really nice easy knit, perfect for travel, or perhaps I should only take enough for the journey there, as I'm pretty sure I'll be coming home with some new yarn and lots of inspiration....


  1. I like sock knitting for travel as it's small but in your case I would also leave LOTS of room for yarn and new projects. What about looking at your future projects and writing down the amount of yarn they'll need and then you could take the appropriate sticks and/or hooks and instructions and start it when you arrive. Do not pass by ANY fiber shops so you can get going as soon as possible! LOL! Have fun!

  2. I'm so jealous. I love the Netherlands too. Hope you have a great time. Have some waffles for me!

  3. Hi I'm visiting Amsterdam later this month and would really appreciate some ideas on which yarn shops to visit or yarn related visits generally. Hope you have a great time and look forward to hearing about it

  4. Am really looking forward to meeting everyone but a little nervous at the same time :-) 6 more sleeps until Friday!!!!


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