I was stuck in a generic hotel room in the central part of Berlin. Nothing makes this feel more comfortable than scattering around a few "travel handmade" goodies like zippy pouches or totes for touring town.
On this trip I had two zippy pouches with me, each one containing a different project. I was super lucky to score both zippy pouches in swaps. The first was made for me by Kat (pictured with the generic check in desk orchid) and the second was made for me by Di (pictured with the hotel bar tea light and fake plants).
More on that later. We did get out for one morning and one afternoon to do a bit of sight seeing....
But the only location not to be missed on my list was the local fabric shop. This trip I went to visit Volksfaden. Not only did they have a fabulous selection of modern fabrics, but they also created the most wonderful atmosphere in which to shop. I loved the bits and bobs they had scattered around to keep your interest or inspire you.
Out of Kat's zippy pouch I pulled a knitting project.
That travelled right with me from those uncomfortable airport gate seats into even more uncomfortable air plane seats. I have travelled a good bit through Europe and to/from the US lately, each time bringing a knitting project. The needles have never been a problem with airport security. I do tell the security screener that they're in my bag and usually they can't even be bothered to look at them.
Once I was on the flight and I could settle into my fold-down table top, I pulled out a hand sewing project from Di's zippy pouch. I am making a cathedral windows wall hanging (if I have a short attention span) or quilt (if I am into a 20+ year project), so I have my little window fabric already folded, pressed and ready to go. My focus fabrics are pre-cut and ready to use. Inside my pouch is also a printed version of the instructions (just in case...) as well as a spool of Aurifil, a needle book and....
little scissors! Yes, they will let you on a flight with small scissors so long as they are less than 6 cm from the fulcrum to the tip. You might check the detailed information your airline carrier supplies online, but this has been generally true for me time and time again. I always pull them out of my carry on, show them to the screener and leave them out, free in the x-ray bin. Again, the screener barely bats an eye.
I finished a few cathedral window blocks on this flight, but more importantly just having to sit here with this project re-ignited my interest in hand sewing. That alone made carrying these supplies on my travels worthwhile. Anyway, I thought you might like a little peek into how I bring crafty goodness on my travels. Might you have another suggestion of how your creative endeavours travel with you? I am always open to suggestions!