Last week, I travelled into Toronto for a conference. I planned my trip so that I took transit (good thing because of all the snow we got that day!), and I was sure to bring my latest WIP along with me, a pair of mittens for my sister. I had the yarn, needles, and pattern. I was ready to get to work on these bad boys.
About 20 minutes and a number of rounds into the journey, the pattern said to ‘place marker,’ a fairly standard direction when making a thumb gusset. Clearly, when I packed what I needed for the day, the knitting brain didn’t get packed because I didn’t think about bringing stitch markers. Ever resourceful, I found the end of the yarn, tore (because I didn’t think to bring scissors either) off two short lengths, tied the ends and made myself impromptu markers. I’m awesome, I thought.
I read ahead a few rounds, where the directions inevitably call for the stitches between the markers to be placed on holders. Not so awesome, I thought, because while I had waste yarn, I didn’t have a needle for threading the stitches through. I searched my conference stuff, and no paper clip was found. Future Me can deal with this, I thought, and kept knitting. I reached the point where the stitches had to be removed and had a realization – I had bobby pins! I took one from my purse, mangled it, slipped the stitches off, mangled it back, and used a second pin to secure the first. It held those stitches perfectly until I was ready to pick them up again to knit the thumb.
I think I need to create a mini knitting emergency kit for my purse, which includes markers and needles….
What have you used in a pinch for notions? Do you have a knitting kit that travels with you?