Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
I had been dreaming of getting in the car with my husband and son, driving to a get away in the mountains somewhere. Road trips are not only a fantastic way to spend time with your family, but it gives you the opportunity to get quite a bit of crocheting or knitting done. I bet you are curious as to how I manage to crochet while I am riding for hours in a vehicle, with a five year old and my husband. These are just some tips that I have found to be helpful for me.
First of all, I never get in the car for a road trip with the expectation that I all I need is my project in the front seat with me. A few months back, my husband and I took a family trip to Tennessee. My parents, my sisters, and my crew all rented a beautiful cabin on an amazing mountain. We carpooled with my parents. The reason I bring this trip up is because, my son was completely different on this trip than a normal road trip with just the three of us. On this particular trip he was a perfect angel, absolutely zero hiccups. We weren’t having to stop every few minutes because of bathroom breaks or melt downs. I was able to get out my yarn and crochet just about the whole way there. I only stopped crocheting to take in the view when we got into the mountains. So, this particular trip was a lot more simple.
On the Tennessee trip, I had less room to work with, so I had to be mindful of what I took. I made sure that I had a small crochet project to work on that wouldn’t require a ton of yarn in my small bag that I brought with me. I put my extra skeins in the luggage that we put in the back of the car. I also included a few small toys for my son and a few little activities to help keep him occupied. My husband and I also bought him a tablet that we downloaded a bunch of educational games on for him to play.
I would like to add that my husband and I do not let our son just sit on the couch with his tablet all the time. We like for him to learn the best way he learns, hands on. This is just our way of parenting and what we found works for us and our son.
Now, when we first left, it was super early in the morning and it was dark. For the first few hours, I was not able to crochet which was fine, we all just talked and got to take in the road being empty. When the sun came up and I started crocheting, I had picked a pattern that was one that was insanely simple. I did not want to pick a pattern that I had never tried and I would have to be constantly counting. I know I am a typical hooker when it comes to counting. I get aggravated when someone is trying to talk to me while I am having to keep track of the number of stitches I am making.
When we made it to the cabin, I would wake up early in the mornings. It was at this time that I would do my Bible study and I would spend a little while crocheting on the back porch over looking a small valley full of trees. This was probably one of the most beautiful views I have ever had the blessing of seeing while crocheting. The rest of the day, we were out and about taking in Tennessee. I honestly did not want to leave at the end of the stay. If you live in Tennessee, you know how beautiful those views are. I found great inspiration while visiting. I cannot wait for my next trip up there.
Okay, that was a dream trip, what about a trip that starts off on the rocks. Well, when we travel, my little man is in the backseat all by himself. I try to put a few toys in the back that will entertain him. I also include books and little activity books for him to color and draw in. I have more room in my seat so, I am able to work on a bigger project. If I am nearing the end of a project, I will usually bring that. However, more often, I will start a whole new project on the road.
Again, I make sure the pattern is something that I can do without having to focus too hard on it. This allows me to talk to my husband, sing songs with my son, or (more likely) get on to my son. I am blessed with a little one that is very easy to please and he generally is just happy playing with his toy cars and PJ Mask action figures.
My husband and I enjoy traveling back roads when we take trips. It is a fun way to truly take in a new area. We are able to try new foods at the small Mom and Pop joint style restaurants. We are able to thrift store shop. We enjoy seeing the people that permanently live there having fun. My husband and I tend to shy away from doing the touristy kind of things. We always try to find a place to go outside and take in the fresh air and let monkey actually run and play somewhere beautiful and new. The next time we go to Tennessee, we will definitely be taking in that Gatlinburg National Park. We did not even realize just how close to that park we were until the last night of the trip.
When just the three of us spend the night somewhere, I make sure I crochet at the hotel or vacation rental. I usually do it when the boys have fallen asleep or early in the morning after my Bible study. During the day, when we are up and trying to explore the areas, I make sure that I do not even have the yarn in the car. I make sure that I am 100% with my boys, enjoying the vacation.
If for whatever reason, my son is getting aggravated in the car, obviously I stop crocheting and give my undivided attention to him. Sometimes, riding in the car for hours at a time can get to him and he just needs to reset his mind with a quick game of thumb war or Tic, Tac, Toe with Mommy. I make sure that he is completely good before I even think about grabbing my hook.
Personally, taking road trips is the way to travel. I don’t have to worry about how I am going to get something on a plane that will snip my yarn. I am able to see new things driving that I would not be able to see while flying in the sky. I know it takes longer getting somewhere by driving, however, that is more time for us to be able to talk and enjoy each other. To me, it makes us feel closer as a family.
I know that there are a lot of crafters that go on vacation and they don’t bring a project with them. I bring one because I do have a really bad habit of side seat driving. My sweet husband has to get annoyed with me hitting the imaginary brake on my side often. When we go somewhere as a family, my husband always drives. I tend to have anxiety driving. The good part is my husband loves driving, we are definitely a good match. Crocheting on long car rides helps ease the anxiety.
I have also found that, when I crochet while we are on the road, it does make the time go by faster. I am not focusing on the cars around and I am not worrying about bad drivers the whole time. I am able to enjoy the conversation in the car and we are able to have a good time.
I would suggest making sure that you take a little bit of time while on the road, to just set your project down and enjoy this beautiful car ride. Listen to your little ones in the back seat laughing at Daddy’s funny jokes or noises, or making their own jokes. I am a mommy of one, God did not bless me with the ability to have more. I see how insanely fast my little man is growing up. One day, he will not be interested in going on vacations like this with his mommy and daddy. To me that day will come entirely too fast. I don’t want to look back at these road trips and wish I took more pictures or that I had put the yarn down long enough to truly take in the family time. I know it is hard to find the balance, when you are using crochet as a way to ease anxiety, but it is important to find that balance. I am very grateful for these road trips. I am extremely grateful for my sweet family.
What are some things that you do while traveling? Do you have a different way of traveling with your projects?
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Until next time,
Thank you and God Bless!