Every Spring, Amy of PostStitch and her best knitting friend, Stephanie, get together to create an Emergency Project Kit. They pick the same 1-2 skein project, the same yarn (because why not, they say), and all the tools they need to cast on. Then, they stash away their ‘Hurricane Project’ for a literal rainy day.
Living in Florida, the duo is no stranger to the chaos of a hurricane. Preparing this ready-to-cast-on project ahead of the May 20th start of Atlantic Hurricane Season makes sense. When a hurricane becomes a threat, they have their Hurricane Project available in spite of a possible LYS closure or an evacuation. Having the same project gives them even more of an escape. They can call each other with questions and create a friendly (and motivating!) competition to keep their project’s status always advancing.
An Emergency Project Kit shouldn’t be limited to those living in a coastal region. It can be helpful to almost any stitcher. You may deal with winter snowstorms or you may travel for work. And at some point in our crafting journey we will find ourselves not knowing what to cast on next. Or maybe you will need a little “treat yourself” escape during the holidays. You may not even know what your emergency, but you do know that yarn and busy hands can be a relief in most situations.
Criteria for the contents of Emergency Project Kits will vary, but here are some tips to help you get started:
Choose An Appropriate Project
Pick a project that reinforces the skills you already know and doesn’t include any techniques that you will need to learn. We highly suggest a basic, mindless knit since you’ll be preoccupied with other matters, no doubt.
Print The Pattern
You may find yourself without electricity, WIFI, or an accessible printer, so be prepared with a printed pattern inside your kit.
Gather needles, stitch markers, or any other tools you might need.
You want your Emergency Project Kit to be as grab-and-cast-on-ready as possible. If necessary, swatch ahead of time to know what needles you will need.
Pre-Roll Your Yarn.
Because who wants to waste time rolling yarn? And a ball winder might not be accessible.
Consider notions outside the scope of the project.
Round up a highlighter, tape measure, headlamp, hand lotion, or any other small nicety that will keep your needles clicking. You may even want to purchase a new set of stitch markers or a new notion to put inside. There’s always something special about using a new tool and what better time for something special than in your Emergncy Project Kit.
Your stitching buddy’s phone number.
If you’re building your kit with a friend and typically communicate with them online, get their digits. You may need to pick up a phone to offer support to one another the old fashion way.
Emergency Project Kit Patterns Ideas
If you don’t already have patterns in your queue, consider these knitted shawls and cowls. They are all one-skein fingering weight projects that have design elements that are easily worked, yet able to keep the interest of a knitter at any skill level. All these patterns are available for instant download on Ravelry so you can print them out and tuck them in a project bag. Click on a picture for more information.
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