The travelling crochet hook
Up, up and away with my beautiful crochet hook. Where I go, it follows. Isn’t it amazing that I haven’t once been stopped by security at airports? Knitting needles aren’t allowed in hand luggage yet crochet hooks don’t seem to pose any threat. I have gone through Cork Airport, Dublin, Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Barcelona, Rome and La Rochelle so far with a crochet hook in my handbag and no one has ever noticed – not even the X-ray machines in security. I reckon I could do serious injury on board with a quick thrust of my favourite 4mm crochet hook. But then again, a biro could be equally effective, if I were that way inclined.(I hasten to add that it has never crossed my mind, honestly). Once the plane has taken off, out comes my crochet hook – usually on the homeward-bound journey when I am weary after a long working day and too tired to read. While everyone else is snoozing, boozing or reading, I keep my crochet hook in my hand and my head in the clouds … but not so much as not to notice the funny looks and whispered nods. Some have even laughed out loud. Do I care? Yes, I squirm at times. Will I stop? I think not because for me, crocheting by air is the only way to travel.
I crochet in restaurants. I felt self-conscious the first time I did it, but then I realised I didn’t actually care what people thought. 🙂
Great idea! A productive and creative use of your time..! I need to factor in some crocheting time soon. I really miss it but there always seems to be something else more pressing to be done. 🙂
I would love to see some of the things you have crocheted! Those colors from the Dublin shop are the colors I imagine of the Irish landscape. Someday perhaps. -Maureen 🙂
Any day now I’ll post something…I am working on a blanket of granny squares at the moment. Don’t hold your breath though because it could take forever and a day! I know what you mean about the colours. I think that is why I was so drawn to them.
What a lovely warm-hearted piece of writing. I would like to visit the Dublin yarn shop where all those beautiful colours could be purchased. Wish I could crochet – but a mad knitter I will remain. Anyone interested in sharing a good scarf pattern?
Thanks Mary! The wool shop is really lovely. Pop in for a virtual visit here: http://www.thisisknit.ie
I’m sorry I don’t have a scarf pattern but check out http://www.ravelry.com as it is very good. You just have to register and then you can access patterns.
… wildsherkin thinks* must find an excuse to go back then 😉
It was so nice I feel I should do a post on it….but then it wouldn’t really be about Sherkin Island….but then again, it might be nice anyway! Wildsherkin goes on a jaunt to Dublin. What do you think?
Oh do wildsherkin !
You should let your blog go off in any direction you want to take it and post what interests you …
Don’t feel constrained, you have a lovely way of writing and sense of humour I like, and so I for one would love to hear and see more of whatever you care to jot about 🙂
ps don’t forget *photo* on its own tag 😉
The ‘constraint’ thing definitely holds me back! Honestly, I am such a wimp because I am always worried about what people will think…. and oh, the photo tag..forgot all about that. Thank you!
…. I thought I saw something of myself in you dare I say it WS
Give it a try and you might find yourself very pleasantly surprised .
ps (edit all of this if you want to by the way )
I love crocheting, wildsherkin! The wool skeins look exquisite!
I wish I had bought some….I’ll just have to go back! 🙂
Great to see someone else who crafts as they travel. I knit and stitch when we do long haul car travel (my husband drives).
Thanks for visiting, Deb. I’m very glad to hear that you are not attempting to knit and drive at the same time! 🙂
If your knitting and stitching is a good as your photography…then I’m jealous! Lovely pictures.
I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. If you like ocean scenics, my other blog, http://www.islandhomeblog.wordpress.com has many pictures from our island home on the west coast of Canada. The scenery out there is amazing.
It is truly amazing, what you have done, I mean. You are creating lasting memories for your children and it gives you all a chance to step off the world every now and again. You are really courageous and incredibly energetic 🙂 to take on that long haul journey each time but it is so worth it. I look forward to following you in your beauitful, special place.
Oh that’s clever the crochet hook wing !
And those wools must be colours of Sherkin Island through the year don’t you just want to pick them all up in a bundle and hug them
Oh you do ?? ah well I can understand 😀
Yes I do! And I wish they were in my stash but I photographed them recently when in a lovely wool shop in Dublin. 🙂