Summer Holidays – How To Still Make

Knitting and spade and bucket

The schools have broken up and everyone is off on their holibobs! But how do you squeeze making into the back of the car, along with everything else?

This is why I love knitting. It’s so transportable. This was me last year, on the Isle of Wight. I’m wearing a Miette cardigan whilst knitting a Miette cardigan. (Which means that cardigan has officially been waiting a year now to have the buttons sewn on.)

knitting on the isle of wight

If you do a bit of planning, you can also take some hand sewing on holiday with you.

Did You Make That Hand Sewing

I’m wearing my Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress.

If you’re attending one of the myriad summer festivals, you’ll likely find stalls set up to help you make – all you need to do is join in the fun.

And I’m most impressed by a sewing pal who recently took a John Lewis mini sewing machine to Frankfurt, Germany with her to complete a baby quilt for her friend. Now, that’s dedication.

Baby quilt

Unbelievably, this entire quilt was sewn in a hotel room in Frankfurt.

Please do remember that you are allowed to take knitting and crochet needles onto planes. Yes, really!

Tell me. How do you incorporate making into your holidays away from home?

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27 Responses to Summer Holidays – How To Still Make

  1. Sewing is my first hobby but my knitting (I’ve been beginner knitting for 20+ years) gets a great workout on holidays. We have a five week family holiday planned for Sept and my knitting needles will be clicking from Australia to Asia to Europe to the UK & home again!

  2. Every year, I take a few of the little Molly Makes free craft kits that you get taped to the front of the magazine with me on holiday to Cornwall. I thought I would be able to sit on the beach and do a little thing like that, but in reality, most of the time I am busy watching the kids, dealing with sand, handing out food and drink and then start to feel sleepy if it’s sunny. The evenings are a spent washing sand off kids and hanging out beach stuff and quaffing wine! I’m going to try taking some macramé with me this year – I have a book of instructions and inspiring projects and I have cord – nice and simple (wish me luck!)

  3. wakeymakes says:

    My sock knitting always goes on holiday with me now K xXx

  4. have you flown recently with knitting? I was told to pack my needles in my hold luggage and haven’t tried again recently 😔

    • Lynn Barnes says:

      Last time I flew with knitting was in 2010, from U.S.A. to Italy. No problem at all with U.S. airlines in U.S. airports, two sets of 5 double-pointed needles and their socks in progress at the same time.

      Leaving for home was different. Flew out of Venice. Was stopped and frisked by a female security agent — the most beautiful woman I have ever seen — because apparently my balls of yarn with needles stuck through them looked like little bombs on the screen.
      She managed not to laugh out loud when she searched my purse and found the socks. Patted me on the hand and told me I’d have to find some other way to pass time on the flight, because she had to confiscate all my needles. She let me keep the yarn and nearly-done socks, though.

      I have no idea what regulations exist in 2017. You might be safe with plastic circular knitting needles, you may not.

    • Vinca56 says:

      I regularly fly with my knitting and have never had a problem. Never. I always use wooden needles, and make sure the project is well underway before packing my hand luggage. I have found that if you contact the airline they will invariably say you can’t take knitting on board, but it’s airport security that actually make the decision!

      Before the rules were relaxed regarding scissors, I was offered scissor by cabin crew on a BA flight, but now I take my Hiya Hiya snips with me, they are weeny but do the job.

      The best piece of advice I have received is to take a project like a shawl which is on a circular needle. There is no needle to lose. I once lost a dpn on a flight and was treated like a member of Al Qaeda by a fellow passenger 😂😂.

  5. Meg Kundert says:

    Knitting is the perfect vacation craft but I never got the hang of it. We just spent two weeks at a lake house and I brought my sewing machine and Seeger with me. I’d be jonesin’ if I didn’t.

  6. stitchedupsam says:

    My husband often asks me if I want to take my sewing machine on holiday (we normally do self catering in this country, so it’s not a completely ridiculous idea). So far I’ve said no, I normally take hand embroidery or sometimes knitting or even colouring books.

  7. Béa says:

    I’m on my hols and,I’ve run out of projects (well sewing projects, there’s always knitting and crochet but I don’t love them as much). I’m seriously thinking about making a garment with all hand sewing. Why oh why didn’t I bring my Alabama Chanin book with me?!

  8. Jan Carr says:

    Brought my sewing machine to Edinburgh, didn’t I 🙂
    Made 5 bags, most of a shirt and one and half hexagon cuffs.
    Also knitted a flannel and am finishing the edging on a very scrappily made shawl that’s taken at least five years!

  9. Su says:

    I can’t knit unfortunately, so preprepared Alabama Chanin is compact and ideal for me on long flights, the time passes so quickly. Sewing needles and small folding nail clippers (for cutting threads) haven’t been a problem so far.

  10. Jacana says:

    As a child in the 1960’s, my school ran a doll dressing competition (compulsory) to be done during the long summer holidays. The resulting dressed dolls were then donated for prisoners to give to their children as Christmas presents. One summer holiday my family drove across France to spend a week or so on a farm in the Dordogne. The barn conversion we stay in was very basic – so more like camping – no plumbed bathroom and cooking over the open fire, which was lit because the weather was so foul. As a stroppy teenager I really wanted to be anywhere else, preferably somewhere with sunshine! My much younger brother and sister were happy splashing around in the mud on the farm and fishing for ‘Tiddlers’ in the pond. The only thing that saved the holiday for me was that I had taken a very small hand cranked, child’s sewing machine in the car with me. It did a very simple chain stitch, so had no bobbin but was a well built, metal framed machine that you attached to the table with a clamp. As I had nothing better to do during that holiday I made a whole wardrobe of clothes for the doll with this machine. This resulted in my winning the competition! I wish I had a photo of what I made but as it was back in the days before digital photography, precious film was not wasted on snapping a child’s sewing efforts! I still have the book I won as the prize though!!

  11. Mary says:

    I brought a load of PDF patterns to stick together, and a bit of hand sewing to keep me busy on holiday. My husband won’t entertain the idea of trying to squeeze my sewing machine in!!

  12. Sheryll says:

    I tend to knit on holidays, actually on any road trip. Obviously I’m the passenger!

  13. I have taken hand embroidery, but knitting wins – so I’m sat in sunshine clicking away on bamboo circular needles! This year I did take a framed tapestry, great in the evening but impossible to do while traveling.

  14. Robin says:

    While I don’t sew on holiday, I do use the time away to shop in fabric stores I wouldn’t otherwise get to visit. (My area has virtually none) Then I can relive great memories when wearing makes from these purchases. Needless to say I travel with a mostly empty suitcase. Or two.

    Next month I will be in London for a day, and then a few days in Ireland after that. Any recommendations for fashion fabric shops in Dublin would be most appreciated!

  15. I bring mainly english paper piecing with me on holiday as a make. I find it’s perfect to do in pretty much any location, and very relaxing. Knitting s great too though.

  16. I love that your festivals have tents for makers! You’ll never see that here across the pond. What a fabulous idea! My son and DIL live 2 states over in Colorado so when I go visit, I pull out the sewing machine that I bought for her (that she never uses…so basically it’s mine) and I sew on it every day whether for doll clothes, Minion blankets, or stuffies. Their guest room is in the basement so that’s where I set up the machine and I sew in the quiet hours after the 3 grands have gone to bed. I really should take up embroidery so I can sit with them in the evenings and stitch while I’m watching them play. I love to hit quilt shops at every opportunity, and do leave home with an empty suitcase that’s usually full of fabric on return. I try to have a quilt that needs hand binding on the airplane. There’s always someone who comments that quilting/sewing is a lost art. I’m leaving on 11 Aug to go visit the grands…you’ve inspired me to go get something to hand make while I’m there. Crochet perhaps? Never tried it and would love to learn.

  17. Beads and Barnacles says:

    Knitting is a brilliant “portable” hobby, in reality that is the reason that my knitting ans sewing seasons are reversed to most people. I do the majority of my knitting in the summer and most of my sewing in the winter as I am away sailing for almost all of the summer.
    Speaking of knitting it has been way too long since I picked up my needles and that might be why I’m feeling some what out of sorts (that and working myself into the ground). Only one thing for it, find some knitting…

  18. Jo says:

    Always, always take knitting or crochet. It is part of my packing. This year in May I was knitting a Wool and the Gang vest top whilst wearing a Wool and the Gang jumper! Great post. Jo x

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