Crochet can be a very useful item in so many ways when travelling!!!
I recently had the need to travel interstate to Far North Queensland.
Only going for a few days, I wanted to pack lightly. This, of course did not apply to my crochet. Crochet falls into the ‘Must Have’ category when travelling. Who cares if I wear the same clothes for three days? As long as the crochet fits in the suitcase, all is good!
I packed my smallish suitcase with my usual care (everything got thrown in at the last minute, except for the carefully selected 3 crochet WIPS (work in progress)). I often send a photograph of my extremely bad packing to my daughter to irritate her. She packs with a neatness that most certainly did not come from me, and often asks if I am really her mother.
I headed to the airport with magic wand (hook) in hand.
The airport was a nightmare! Crowded with people enjoying school holidays. Check-in took way longer than the length of my patience. I was glad when I could find a quiet corner (well as quiet as a busy airport will allow.) and wait for my plane.
Out came the crochet, and I sat working away on my latest design ‘Flight of the Dragonflies’. I find crochet can often be a topic of interest for those waiting around you, and conversation often begins with people interested in what I am working on.
Finally boarding time and I get to my seat. A father and his teenage son were already in my seating row. The teenager must have disliked his allocated seat (which was middle, row) and decided that my allocated window seat was nicer. I certainly was not sitting in the middle between his father and him, so I politely chucked him out of my seat. Just as well he moved over or I most certainly would have stuck him a few times with my crochet hook to get his attention. He was rather lucky I was feeling in a good mood and had my crochet to immerse myself in, once seated.
I had a couple of hours waiting in Cairns for my husband to arrive as he was on another flight, so again out with the crochet. More conversation with interested people, often oohing and ahhing over the blanket I am making.
Then came the short road trip to Port Douglas. Hubby drove so I could crochet.
We had several pleasant days in Port Douglas with my middle child, who had been working in the area this year. One of our days away was spent Tree Surfing in the Daintree Rainforest. This involves zip lining in the tree tops, at times more than 17 metres up. I happened to be last in the group to go down the zip-line each time.
So there I was with the male guide on the platform and he spots my watch. It has a crochet look band and face to it. He exclaims ‘is that a crochet watch?’ So I told him about my watch and about designing crochet. While he was re-clipping my harness ready to go on the next length of zip-line, he was asking me all about my crochet. His mother and sister were avid hookers and so he wanted information to pass on to them.
At the end of the trip, this guide comes up to me with pen and paper in hand, wanting me to write down my online information for his mother and sister. Who knows, if they did follow up, they may even be reading this. If so, all I can say is that you have a very lovely son/brother. He made our zip-lining very enjoyable.
And it just goes to show, crochet can be a topic of interest anywhere in the world!!
Even when you are hanging around upside-down, 17 metres in the air, in the middle of a rain forest!!!
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