Be Prepared: Emergency Knitting Kits
Recently, I realized that I had a solid day of meetings scheduled, and no knitting. No knitting! How am I supposed to sit through two hours of slideshows without anything to do? Doodling on the handout gets old, and my origami skills are rather limited. Fortunately, we recently held a yarn swap, so I had some yarn stashed in my desk, and there are also a few patterns to choose from around here; I was saved from boredom, and my coworkers were saved from my endless pen clicking.
The lucky coincidence of having yarn in my desk and easy access to a pattern made me think that I should plan ahead for situations like this. Emergency knitting kits for unexpected periods of waiting just make sense! Partner gets a kidney stone? Knit while you’re waiting in the ER. Little League team unexpectedly makes it to the next round of play? Get comfy on the bleachers and cast on. Quarantined at work due to zombie plague? You’re cool and collected with your crafty project.
Here are some guidelines for your emergency knitting kit:
What to knit
Keep it small. Your partner will not appreciate a sweaters-worth of wool replacing the first aid kit.
Use yarn that you’re already familiar with. Or go for a project where gauge doesn’t matter. No one wants to swatch when they’re stressed!
Choose a pattern that works with your stress-knitting type. Do you want something mindless, so you don’t have to focus on it? A plain vanilla sock is perfect. Do you prefer something complicated to distract you? Consider a lace wrap.
What to keep in your kit
Wind your yarn ahead of time. You don’t want to be sitting in the ER trying to wind a skein into a ball and making a giant stringy mess.
Add the necessary needles or hook for your project. For knitters, I highly recommend metal circular needles for whatever you’re knitting, just because it is literally impossible to lose a needle; I’ve misplaced and broken too many dpns and straight needles to trust them.
Print your pattern. Your tablet is useless if it runs out of battery.
Include all the notions you might need. If your project has cables, remember to add a cable needle. Stitch markers are always useful. Keep a measuring tape handy if your project needs to be a certain length. Keep it all together in a project bag so nothing goes astray.
Where to keep it
Glove compartment. Your car often travels with you; it’s an excellent storage place for a ball or two of yarn.
Desk drawer at work. You never know when a meeting will strike.
Emergency kit. If you’re going to be hunkered down in the fallout shelter, you might as well enjoy it and get some knitting done.