Thanks for all of your wonderfully supportive comments with regard my last post! My car has been fixed and looks perty again. I still feel like an idiot, but I'm trying to cut my overworked boo-tay some slack. I guess my three jobs, incessant travel, never-ending custody battle and out of work husband are finally chipping away at my tenuous hold on sanity. I'm stretched a bit thin right now to be sure. However, thanks be to God for yarn! If I didn't have crocheting and knitting (and spinning, dyeing and weaving) I'd be a candidate for a rubber room at this point!
Speaking of incessant travel, I have a date with a plane again in two weeks. Yes, my tube travel can again be attributed to job numero uno, my main gig. This upcoming trip will take me to
London and . I know that I've said this before, but I actually plan to have a bit of fun while in Europe as my time away has me straddling two weekends enabling me to (i) check out the local yarn and (ii) blow through a few tourist attractions. Yay! Paris
Traveling as much as I do means that packing has become a regular feature of my life. Here are some of my tips for traveling smart and crafty!
First and foremost, let's hear it for light luggage! About a year ago, prior to traveling to the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH (read I needed a bigger bag to hold all of my class supplies and yarn purchases), I decided that it was time to trade in my large, heavy suitcase in favor of a lighter model of similar dimensions for use on those trips lasting longer than a few days. My old bag weighed in at about 25 lbs when empty! Needless to say, I was always over the limit when checking the stupid thing. Now I have a featherweight model that weighs in at less than 7 lbs. when empty. Much better!
Second, but of just as much as importance as the luggage factor, is this burning inquiry (which I ask myself each and every time I travel, oh by the way) How much yarn is enough yarn to keep me busy while in transit, but not so much yarn that I have to dedicate my entire carry-on to the "fuzz factor"? Yeah, well, I've come up with no good formula with which to answer this question. So, I usually err on the side of paranoia, shoving two to three WIPs into my squat little roller bag adjacent to my beloved Mac each and every time I hit the road. Really, it's dumb and I need to get a grip. However, the thought of not being able to knit or crochet when entombed in a tube freaks me the hell out! Okay, so this wasn't so helpful Movin' right along.
Third, cords anyone? Really, should any shenanigans take place aboard the aircraft, I am prepared to wrestle the offending individual to the ground and hog tie 'em with all of the electronic device cords that I'm forced to carry onto the plane. Really. My cord inventory is as follows: Blackberry power cord, cell phone power cord, digital camera power cord, digital camera USB cord, iPod USB cord, MacBook power cord (2 of these one for the wall and one for the plane) and a host of adapters for international travel. If I run out of cords mid-hog tie, I can always dip into my carry-on yarn stash or just start hurling adapters.
These tips aren't exactly helpful, are they? Alrighty then!
Fourth, are these shoes really made for walking? Next to the yarn yardage factor, the travel shoe issue is another that confounds moi, oh, every single time I travel. I don't know about you, but I have, quite literally, an entire shoe store in my closet. And here's the kicker, only a few pairs out of the hundreds that I have available to my toe tips are suitable for wearing longer than oh, let's say 20 minutes.
Peeps, I'm a girl! We buy shoes because they look good, not because they feel good! Comfort, schmomfort! It's all about sexy toes, especially when it comes to strolling around the halls of the Cube Farm. Therein lies the problem. When I'm traveling for fun, a couple of pairs of my most comfortable shoes are usually sufficient. Throw in a pair of heels for good measure and I'm set. Add in the work factor and I'm screwed! Many more variables. This suit looks best with those pumps, while that dress looks super cute with those flats. You get my drift. Jeans are so much easier to pair with shoes. Ahhhh. Note to self, make sure to do a little shoe shopping this week on your lunch hour...
Not helpful? Yeah, I'm just hoping that I'm not making you anxious about your next trip
Okay, here's good travel tip Fifth, got a stack of Netflix DVDs that you've yet to watch and a laptop that you plan to travel with? Watch your rentals on the plane or while in the hotel. Usually beats the in-flight entertainment and you'll avoid those pesky movie charges on your hotel bill! I wish that I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but alas, I cannot. This one is all Jenna! She travels a lot too. Actually, I should probably consult her about my shoe-yarn-excessive cordage issues as well
Hey, two outta five ain't bad.