The current big problem is that I am planning to visit Italy in the spring. I know, I know, Italy! how lucky I am to be in a position to go to Italy. Yes. Except I will have to fly there, after not flying for about 15 years because I got so frantically nervous on a plane I couldn't face getting on one ever again.
Fortunately, this is a problem I can (and will) tackle from many different angles. One of them, naturally, is to bring really good, super calming and distracting knitting on the plane. Except... it's an international flight, and the rules aren't fixed for what sorts of sharp metal needles you can bring on flights into different countries.
At first I thought I would just bring easily replaceable needles and yarn so if my stuff was confiscated at customs I'd be 'okay'. Then I read about some people being separated from their fellow travelers (in my case, they are more accurately called 'security blankets') in the case of such confiscations. That would make me freak out before I even got onto the plane.
Also, I would be left without my calming, distracting knitting en route.
So over the weekend, I looked up some YouTube videos on how to knit with your fingers, so as to avoid needles altogether. The clearest one was this:
You will notice though, there's really no way to have more than 4 stitches. Plus, your fingers are all tangled up. If I suddenly needed to do something for safety reasons, I'd be a mess both literally and figuratively.
The latter objection is sadly true for this variation as well, in which you knit using your arms:
Plus, it's super quick - not practical for my purposes - and your arms are always tied up. Cool though! I'd like to try this one just for everyday life.
Then I spotted a video for a knitting fork, which is made of wood and possibly not pointy enough to be confiscated:
Sadly, all you can make is a cord. I just don't think that's enough to keep me quiet through turbulence.
So I gave up and looked at some videos about crocheting with your fingers. BINGO:
These are the clearest ones - they show not just the technique, but the fact that you're never really tied up in the yarn - and if you need more convincing the possibilities really light up when you watch this:
Translate the bulky acrylic blankie to a lacy silk/merino stole and: yeah. This is the fix.
True, I don't actually know how to crochet. But I've got a few months, and I'm a motivated student. I'll figure it out.
Hope you figure out a great Monday. See you tomorrow!