Props for Staying Sane
In between all the meetings, the walking, the subway trips, the brainstorms, the restaurants, fun and exhaustion of a work trip, I rely heavily on the props waiting patiently for me in my hotel room. They’re there to remind me who I am, what home feels like and to give my brain chance to hit snooze.
At the top of the pile is an easily transportable knitting project. I’m working on fingerless gloves with my Karen’s Krafty Knitting Class, pattern here.
My hope is that this project will be challenging but not too challenging for my newbie knitters. The added advantage is that it’s something I can easily turn to in New York for a couple of rows between jumping out of the shower and checking my notes for the next meeting.
The iPhone becomes a key tool in travel knitting. I use two apps: the ‘PreSize’ app which turns my phone into a miniature sliding rule for measuring the length of knits and the ‘Knit Counter Lite’ which is a row counter app. I believe they’re both free; they’ve both been life savers.
My other prop for sanity is the inspired device you can see on the far left, plugged into my iPhone. It’s an X-Mini Speaker which I saw recommended on a couple of blogs. You can buy it for a very reasonable price here. Worth. Every. Penny. I’ve been listening to Front Row podcasts, the soundtrack from the Jeff Bridge’s film ‘Crazy Heart’ and Adele’s new album. All food for the soul on this trip away from home.
Right, off to shower and hit the streets!