Ola! Or, as they say in Atlanta, ‘Are you guys from England?’ Yes, I’m away with work and typing this at 5am as the jet lag has woken me up far too early.
The trip started well when I slept in two hours past my alarm going off. Yup. You read right. I had half an hour to get out of the house and on my way to the airport – phewee! As the train rattled down the underground line I stared at my suitcase and thought, ‘What’s in there, exactly?’ Had I thrown in enough clothes the night before – or even suitable clothes? This was going to be a journey of discovery. (As it turns out, I have a swimming costume but no jacket.)
Back in 2011 I blogged here about handmade items that came in useful and were comforting during a trip away. I have some others to add, so thought I’d include a 2012 travel update.
First off, the ever present challenge of airport security and anything with a point or blade. On this trip, I’d brought my crochet. I could have kept my embroidery scissors in my hand luggage, but the woman at check-in advised that I put them in my suitcase. I happily complied, because I already had my Plan Of Evil Genius to hand. I smiled pretty at the woman whilst inside my head raged, I shan’t be defeated!
Please allow me to introduce the dental floss…
This tip is all down to Maria Denmark, who Tweeted me. She said that the little blade you get on dental floss packets can be used to cut yarn or thread. I was dubious, I’m gonna tell ya! But, seriously, that blade cut through my thick cotton yarn, no problem. I could crochet during the flight to my heart’s content. (I didn’t, in the end, but that’s not the point. I stuck it to the man, yeah!) Thanks, Maria, for allowing me to indulge my deep need not to be told what to do.
I am also going to give prominence to my make-up brush roll that I made in April. I have used this to death. It’s absolutely brilliant. When I was rushing around like a maniac yesterday morning, I was very glad indeed that all I had to do was chuck this in my bag and have all my brushes to hand. These aren’t difficult to make. Squint at mine and you could work out a construction of your own. (I used batting between the layers of cotton.)
April must have been a very practical month, because that’s also when I made my Typewriter Bag, with fabric bought from The Village Haberdashery (fast becoming my favourite on-line resource).
This bag has been another godsend for trips away. Because it’s made of nothing more than cotton and calico, it folds up really small and neat to go into a suitcase – which means I can use it to carry around the few items I need during a day, rather than lug around my usual London commuter huge leather tote. Seriously, a homemade bag is a traveller’s friend.
Along with all the pencil cases, ipad cases, make-up cases and every other type of small, cute item I’ve managed to make, I feel surrounded by my sewing, even when far from home.
My next project along these lines needs to be a slip case for my laptop. Have you seen how much they charge in the shops for one of those?! I’d like to make something a touch sophisticated. If you have any tutorials you can recommend, let me know!