Help! What Crochet Projects Do I Pack?

Apr 12, 2011

I getting ready to head to Texas to hook up with members of the Crochet Liberation Front (want to join us? You can find info here.) I'm thrilled at the prospect of days of nothing but crochet! With lots of people who love crochet!

Eventually, I should check out what the weather will be like and figure out what to wear. But I've started with my most important packing.

Crochet! And lots of it. Too much, perhaps, for me to reasonably consider packing. Look--there's still room for a couple of shirts and a pair of pants. But, really? I might should consider paring down.

Here's what I have, along with my pro/con reasoning on whether to pack it.

Of note: I'll be there for five days. Lots of public crocheting, as well as off-time crocheting. And I don't need to pare it down to one project.

Dahlia Shawl by Lisa Naskrent (IC Spring 2011)

Pro: It's pretty! And portable. And the pattern repeat is pretty easy to remember.

Con: It's lace & even with an easy pattern repeat might call for some attention to where I'm putting the hook. Might be tricky when I'm also trying to talk to other crocheters.


Petal Pullover by Robyn Chachula (IC Spring 2011)

Pro: It's pretty! And I want to already have this sweater

Con: Not so portable, though, as the four-row pattern repeat here calls for some attention. It's not too hard, but it's possible to mix up the pattern if I'm multitasking. Also requires bringing several balls of yarn.


Cool Wave Shawl by Sheryl Means (IC Summer 2010)

Pro: It would be mighty nice if I could finish this, since our Crochet-Along officially ended March 31. (I've been working on this, but an elf has been coming in the night to add chains, so I will never really get to the end of the base chain). This is excellent plane crochet.

Con: Not excellent crochet-for-company, because I can't put it down until I do a complete forward pass and return pass—those stitches are vulnerable until they are bound off. And each row gets longer, calling for more time.

Sera Lace Top by Doris Chan (IC Fall 2007)

Pro: Love it! And it's almost done. In fact, I've done lots more since I took this picture just yesterday. If all goes well, I'll be packing this as an FO, so I'll have at least one thing to wear.

Con: No con.


Moth Wings Shrug by Mimi Alelis

Pro: Very portable. And tiny. Single motif is easily mastered. There's a crochet-along for support. The shrug is joined as I go, So I'll be able to gauge progress. And might even finish it in time to wear it this year!

Con: Very tiny.


So, there you have my options. What do you think I should pack?



(Of course, since I'm flying Southwest, I can take two bags for free! No, no. Must. Show. Restraint. Help!)

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nhazard wrote
on Apr 12, 2011 5:58 AM

Wow, that is a tough one! Ok so here is what i think, because the summer is coming and you need something to put around you when you sit outside and crochet one of the other projects, so i would do one of the shawls! I do like them both but i am thinking the cool wave shawl would be it!! Good luck picking!!!!

Marcy Smith wrote
on Apr 12, 2011 10:56 AM

Thanks nhazard!

Maybe Cool Wave AND Moth Wings. They're small enough that I'll still have room to pack my purple shoes!


nhazard wrote
on Apr 12, 2011 4:47 PM

Shoes and clothes are overrated anyway, all you need is yarn and a crochet hook!!!

He he!


Haley P wrote
on Apr 15, 2011 10:14 AM

I would take the Moth Wings shawl (because it's small) and the Sera Lace Top (if you don't finish it before you leave). If you do finish the Sera Lace Top, I would then take the Dahlia shawl. The Cool Waves shawl is just to vulnerable in a fast moving environment. It's a pain to go back and have to fix skipped or stretched Tunisian stitches.

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on Aug 25, 2011 10:57 AM

So what made it into the suitcase ? The Moth Wings Shrug , the Cool Wave Shawl , AND the Dahlia Shawl