Car Knitting Tips


Knitting in the car can be one of the best ways to pass the time on long trips. Your kids are strapped in, there's no tv to distract you, it's just you, the road and your knitting, provided you're not the one driving of course. Here are some ways to make the most of your vehicular knitting experience:

  1. Make sure your knitting is close by and easy to grab while the car is knitting. Don't be stupid like me and realize that your knitting is in the back of the car once you're on the road.
  2. Be the one who packs the car. That's the way you guarantee that your knitting is not in the back of the car.
  3. Knit something easy, preferably a pattern that you've memorized. The car is the time for vanilla socks, hats and those mindless projects that you love and have knit so many times that you can knit with your eyes shut. If you're a knitting rock star and can knit complicated charts on the road, I bow down to you.
  4. Drink clear fluids. You don't want to spill diet dr. pepper on your knitting.
  5. Keep baby wipes nearby in case there's a mishap involving that diet dr. pepper you're drinking instead of water.
  6. Do not give the kids messy ice creams that they can throw at you (and your knitting) when they get bored.
  7. Bring multiple projects. It's strange how much knitting you can get done with fewer distractions. You don't want to be caught in the car on a long trip without a knitting project... unless there's a yarn shop on your route.
  8. Try to keep your ipod untangled from your knitting. Really, I dare you.

What are your secrets to successful car knitting? Let me know in the comments.


0 #1 Renee Anne 2012-07-17 02:12
Car knitting tips....socks on two circulars (or Magic Loop) so that you don't have the possibility of losing a DPN or two due to going over a large bump in the road (or, perhaps down a very steep hill in the city).
0 #2 Angela P 2012-07-17 03:05
I keep hearing about this magic loop thing and it sure sounds tempting, but then I wouldn't be able to freak out about that lost dpn... that might actually be a good thing. I might even save money on sock needles. ;)
0 #3 evelyn 2012-07-17 23:29
Somehow I think all your tips are from learned experiences! LOL. I love car knitting ... especially vanilla projects.
0 #4 Bina 2012-07-29 06:06
Awesome list Angela! I will be more better ready for knitting on the next road trip!!
0 #5 Ashlee Lackovic 2012-08-02 05:28
Love this!!! I hate driving and love to knit, so hubby does all the driving, so I am such an expert at this... I would say you totally nailed the list! I can't think of anything to add! :D

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