Your notions kit, that is.
Why does travel, even short jaunts bring epiphanies? We were headed to a family party, a day trip. I decided to bring a bigger knitting bag. We get in the car and leave on time. When we settle in to the first leg of the journey I go looking for stitch markers. Then it hits me, I don't have notions kit in this bag. I always have a notions kit. How is it possible that there is no notions kit in this bag? I feel like I'm traveling without a compass.
Joe offered to turn around but I think he was just kidding. He still gets points for offering. I took deep relaxing breaths. Do I panic or approach this with the problem solving attitude of my friend, Alba. For goodness sake, she didn't let not having knitting needles get in the way, how could I complain about my lack of notions.
I decided I could live without the stitch markers. It was just to aid in counting a large number of stitches I was casting on. The next "obstacle", I needed scissors to cut the extra yarn from long tail cast on. Luckily I have a Swiss Army type knife with a scissor on my key chain. Crisis averted.
Thankfully, from then on the Knitting G-ds were kind to me.
Moral of the story: when I load a bag with a project, I will make sure at a minimum, I put a small crisis pack of notions in the bag.
What would go in this crisis bag you might ask?
- Stitch Markers
- Scissor (puppysnips, collapsible scissor, or yarn cutter).
- Tapestry needle a/k/a chibi
- Tape measure
- Crochet hook (fix-a-stitch)
Nancy's Knit Knacks, perfect notions case.
The Knit Kit
Or the tried and true small zippered case.
Obviously, I have several of each. I'm going to track them down and create a shelf of ready to go mini notions kit. Don't leave home without it.
What's in your notions kit?
As a complete aside, yesterday I was looking for the turnkey tool for the battery case on my fitbit. I knew I had seen it somewhere. It wasn't in any of my usual places for an item like this. While writing this post, I found the tool in a ceramic bowl, with my stitch markers. Of course, why wouldn't it be in there?