How Much Yarn to Pack for Six Days?

Getting ready to travel with my knitting! One can never pack too much yarn.

I’m at the frantic stage of getting ready for a trip* where I realize I will only get to half of the items on my to-do list before we leave. Note the half I will likely not be able to cross off is associated with various elements of house work. The way I see it, the dirt will still be here when we get home.

My real dilemma is the quantity and type of knitting to be packed. As we all know, one must never run out of yarn while traveling. I’ve been there once before. Never again.

My brown socks will of course come with, but I was hoping to bring a second project in case I actually end up with some non-mobile knitting time (cars and planes) to really dig into a more substantial project…but not so substantial as to take up a ton of space in my carry-on. I settled on some purple alpaca that’s been in my stash for way too long (even though it is not on the Fall Bucket List I just wrote less than a week ago…never too early to stray, I say).

Except I have a problem.

I can’t figure out what to knit with the purple alpaca. I’ve swatched a bit (okay, a lot), and I am just not sure (plus my most recent swatch is still drying to there is some math yet to occur). I even went so far as to browse on Ravelry for someone else’s design during the wee hours of the night and nothing jumped out at me (criteria: US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles, 400 (366 m) yards, shawl, not too lacy, ideally modern-ish).

Thus: Plan C. A second skein** of sock yarn. Just in case I finish the first pair (totally possible) and the purple project goes south, which could happen will probably happen.

In all, I have decided three projects ought to get me through six days. This kind of confidence invariably means I will trip on the first day and sprain my wrist. Although hopefully not.

*We’re heading to San Diego to visit my Grandma. Watch out zoo, here we come.

**Note this skein of Crazy Zauberball is the LAST bit of sock yarn in my stash. This means I will soon have no other choice but to buy more yarn. It’s phenomenal, truly.

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  • Reply vann54 August 28, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Love it , my grand mom used to say if the dirt gets high enough they will track it back out lol , and yes it does , knit on my friend knit on đŸ™‚

  • Reply Kat with a K August 28, 2016 at 5:07 am

    This is a day for the history books, truly. “The last bit of sock yarn in my stash” I think there are some nice yarn shops in San Diego, just sayin’… Have fun! đŸ™‚

  • Reply Jody August 28, 2016 at 5:19 am

    The answer is always bring more projects than you think you need. Never know where your head might be and you need options.

    Just make sure you have needles too. They can be tough to get while on vaca.

  • Reply stephanie August 28, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I agree with Kat….you need to at least have a list of yarn shops, which probably means you need to throw in all your needles because you’ll want to cast on immediately whatever you buy. Car AND planes (which means airport time!!!)….you definitely need to throw in another ball of yarn, also. Maybe two.

  • Reply Julie Crawford August 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Ditch the purple alpaca for this trip. if you don’t know what to make with it, you don’t want to be dragging it around and not loving what you are knitting with it. I’m sure the right pattern will come to you eventually! Have an awesome trip! I fly out in a matter of hours (so, you know, reading blogs instead of packing), and I’ve got two projects with me- both single skeins, one laceweight tee (barely begun), and one fingering weight shawl on the last 25%). I’ll consider myself lucky if I finish the shawl and make a solid start on the tee!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple August 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    awww, you have such a great sense of humor!!! can you buy yarn if you run out?? my knitting teacher told me to always buy yarn when i go away, as a souniver and i try to do that. have a nice visit with your grandmother!!!

  • Reply Dartmoor Yarns August 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I sometimes wonder what non knitters worry about not packing enough of as I worry about how many projects to pack for a trip.

  • Reply Cassy August 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    You had definitely better get more sock yarn on vacay!!! I have the exact same dilemmas when traveling. I even pack three projects for two day trips sometimes. I feel your indecision, girl!

  • Reply Stefanie August 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    San Diego rocks. I want to go back. When our crew went there three summers ago I found this yarn shop called ArĂ£nitas Yarn by Sofia; it’s located here: 2925 Lincoln Ave in North Park. She was so nice and let me take a picture of her shop. I was so happy to score Opal sock yarn in the Little Prince line I think because Opal’s not sold in SF.

  • Reply Katie August 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    You should leave the purple alpaca at home. When it’s ready to be knit, it’ll tell you what it wants to be. I can’t imagine running out of stashed sock yarn. I stockpile it like I’m afraid the apocalypse is coming and it’ll be my sole responsibility to provide everyone I’ve ever met with socks. Regardless, sounds like an excellent time to check out yarn shops in San Diego.

  • Reply Little Church Knits August 29, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Last of the sock yarn?!? This is a dire situation! I say take the brown socks and shop, girl, shop!

  • Reply Susanne August 29, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Ahahaha, I can definitely relate to this post! Sock yarn is such a great idea to take with you on travels though, I definitely should’ve taken more with me! Now I’m stuck with way too much bulky yarn in my backpack (what was I thinking?) and I seriously doubt I’ll be able to finish it all before coming back home! Good luck with your travels and knitting adventures!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise August 30, 2016 at 8:54 am

    have fun visiting grandma and being at the zoo! My daughter’s inlaws live there and they frequently go there for a weekend from Santa Barbara. I hope you can take as much yarn as you can so you will have options and maybe just maybe you will go yarn shopping…

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