Crafting is one of my favorite things. I love knitting, sewing, papercrafts, and just making stuff in general. Pre-baby, I spent many hours learning and honing new crafts. But as a full time working mom, not to mention a road warriorette, there just aren’t nearly enough hours in the day. Finding time to get my real job work and my blog work done is hard enough (not to mention little things like sleeping and eating), much less extra time for knitting. Because of this, I’m getting very creative about carving out small pockets of time for knitting and other crafts. Even though traveling for work definitely makes me busier, it also allows me some down time I wouldn’t otherwise have. There is almost always a little extra time in an airport, after meetings in the hotel, or even while flying to get my craft on.
Obviously, it’s not always practical to get out your knitting needles or sewing kit, like when you’re on a small plane or sitting in the middle seat. But I take my knitting on every trip, and nearly always find a chance to get it out and knit a few rows. So far, small, quick projects like hats have been easiest to do because they don’t take up much space, plus I like the feeling of accomplishment after a short time. I’ve also been focusing on projects that don’t need a pattern. But now that winter is basically over here in Texas (and winding down elsewhere) the need for knitted hats is waning. I’m wondering if I should branch out and do something more complicated. It’s just that other types of crafts, such as sewing or paper crafting, seem so cumbersome, and keeping to a knitting or crochet pattern when working only in short bursts is asking for mistakes. (Pictured: a recently completed project, a hat for my baby. And yes, it is super cute on him 🙂 )
(If you’re wondering what the rules are about travel and knitting, check out my post answering that very question.)
So, Readers, what’s your advice? Do you craft on the road? If so, what do you do? Do you stick to simple projects or do you go for more complicated stuff?