Skip to content

Knitting on the Road

July 23, 2015
Thistle Stole by Tin Can Knits

Road Trip by TIn Can KnitsSummer holiday means a bit more time for leisure for me.  No matter how we spend our down time, us knitters often prioritize our projects when we pack up to hit the road.

Whether it’s a simple satisfying take-along project, or something grander, we’ve usually got something on the needles.

Travel Knits: memories in every stitch

I often find that knits created on holiday encapsulate a memory and bring me back to a special time and place.  They are beloved keepsakes; souvenirs created as I watched the scenery out a train window, laughed late at night with distant friends and family, or soaked up the sun in a foreign square.

In 2011 I was on the brink of my adventure to Scotland, and to say goodbye to Canada I took the greyhound cross country, visiting friends I hadn’t seen in ages.  While I rolled on over the vast continent, I worked on the Branching Out shawl.  I remember sitting at my friends kitchen table in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and charting out several lace options. Then, as the landscaped passed on the way to Montreal, knitting and knitting for hours.  Every time I look at that shawl, I remember that adventure.

Branching Out Shawl by Tin Can Knits

Branching Out from 9 Months of Knitting

I designed the Lush cardigan while on a visit to Vancouver Island.  The bulk of the knitting happened on Labour Day weekend. I sat on a pristine beach on Vargas Island, a tiny little island accessible only by boat, near Tofino.  My sister and friends and I spent three days there, camping on the beach, swimming, fishing, and cooking gourmet food over the campfire (you’ll never imagine how much butter and garlic were required for our 3-day trip!).  Lounging in the sand, soaking up the sun, I knit, knit, knit.  At the end of an unforgettable weekend we headed home, and I wasn’t sure that I’d ever get the campfire smell out of that sweater!

Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

Lush from Handmade in the UK

When my husband John and I honeymooned in Greece and Italy, I wanted to work on something very special just for me, that I could have forever as a keepsake of that time.  So I knit a gigantic stole-sized Thistle in beautiful DK weight angora from Bigwigs Angora.  I knit in the hotel room in Athens, on the beach in Aegina, and in a sunny square in Rome.  Luckily, John enjoys reading and lounging when he’s on holiday, so my knitting didn’t cramp his style!

Thistle Stole by Tin Can Knits

Thistle Stole, knit in Bigwigs Angora in ‘chalk’.

I bet if you think about the things you have knit, many of them will hold a story, a distinct memory of the place or time it was made, and maybe the way you felt or who you were at the time.  Do you have a knit that holds a story within?  We would love to hear it! Share it in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Tin Can Knits on FacebookTin Can Knits on Instagram  Tin Can Knits on Pinterest Tin Can Knits Email Updates button-ravelry-40

Summer Holiday Knits

Are you headed an adventure this summer?  We’ve got a few suggestions for what project to pack.

Paddle Mitts by Tin Can Knits

The Paddle mitts are made in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in ‘silver fox’, ‘tart’, ‘cousteau’, ‘chamomile’, and ‘jade’.

For something classic and simple, I’d suggest the Paddle mitts.  They make an excellent gifts, and fly off the needles.  We made them in a Hudson’s Bay inspired palette, due to our ever-growing love of Canadiana!

Viewfinder Cowl by Tin Can Knits

The Viewfinder Cowl was knit from a single skein of Indigo Dragonfly Merino Single Lace in ‘don’t blink’.

If simple knits are your jam, take the Viewfinder cowl along – it’s light as a feather, and perfect for that lovely skein of laceweight you’ve been saving.  Alexa photographed this one on her family road trip to the Rockies, overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Louise.


The Vivid and Fly Away blankets are knit one square at a time, so you can have the satisfaction of finishing something every day! You can find kits for these projects at Rainbow Heirloom, or use leftovers from your stash!

Perhaps you have bigger ambitions?  While you road trip across the continent or settle in to the rhythm of life at the cabin a patchwork blanket like Vivid, Fly Away or Pop might be the perfect piece-by-piece knit for you.

Hats are probably my favourite sort of project for travel knitting.  When I was visiting Dublin to teach at This Is Knit last month, I made this Stovetop hat for a new little friend!

Stovetop Hat by Tin Can Knits

The Stovetop hat knit in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘driftwood’, a limited edition colour from the Nostalgia Club.

Our ebooks are a lightweight way to bring your knitting library with you!

Road Trip by Tin Can KnitsMax & Bodhi's WardrobePacific Knits by Tin Can Knits

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2015 4:33 pm

    I agree – every FO holds so many memories and special moments! I remember almost one year ago, after a huge hurricane hit our town and everything was pretty much destroyed and swept away, I started working on a very complicated pattern – Textured jacket from Vogue Knitting. As the whole town stopped for one month, all roads were closed and we couldn’t go anywhere, the work was off for a month, I had nothing to do but knit! And how much solace it brought me during these harsh weeks. Now every time I look at it I appreciate simple little things that I have right now and I feel grateful for surviving it!

  2. July 23, 2015 6:31 am

    I love looking at a peeve I have knit and thinking back to when it was knit and where I was. Memories in every stitch for sure. All good ideas for summer trips!

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: