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Knitting & The Camino

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#1
So. @SabineP mentioned knitting over on NOT a serious thread , which got me thinking. Have you knit something Camino related? Have you knit ON the Camino. I've done the former and am now planning to do the later this fall. So this is just a shout out to fellow knitters to see what you may have done. Perhaps we can share patterns?

Last spring I made the following pattern for our National Gathering of APOC. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scallop-lace-hat. It was a fun knit once I got the hang of it. It also makes a very light weight hat that I'd easily think of bringing for a cool weather walk on the Camino.
 

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hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
#2
As an advid knitter this post caught my eye, obviously I don't knit on the Camino (can't get the needles past plane security). But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references. image.jpeg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances planned for October 3-mid November (2018)
#3
I knit but haven't figured out how practical it would be on the camino - weight, size 8-10 needles, etc. I was thinking of taking my recently completed fingerless gloves. :) I walk in October/November on the Frances.
 
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
#4
As an advid knitter this post caught my eye, obviously I don't knit on the Camino (can't get the needles past plane security). But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references. View attachment 45896

This is so precious and gorgeous!! Thank you very much for sharing.
 
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#5
As an advid knitter this post caught my eye, obviously I don't knit on the Camino (can't get the needles past plane security). But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references. View attachment 45896
So beautyfull, thank you
 

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Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#7
I normally knit, but because of airline issues, on a Camino I take my crocheting, and lace weight merino, and last time I made a cowl.
It made for a talking point with our hosts, with them coming over to see what I was making and often showing me their crafts.
But considering Spain was the home of the merino, yarn was surprisingly hard to find.
I wanted to take some home as a souvenir but only found yarn shops in Burgos and Leon. I was hoping for Santiago as I didn't want to carry it with me.
After my first Camino , I made some Camino hats for the international friends I made on the Camino.
In plain colours with the Camino arrow in reverse stocking stitch. They looked great and were very well received. I should release the pattern, the only thing putting me off is having to knit yet another because I forgot to get decent photos the first time around.
 
#8
As an advid knitter this post caught my eye, obviously I don't knit on the Camino (can't get the needles past plane security). But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references. View attachment 45896
What a beautiful gift for him!!
 

Currie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances(2013) Camino Primitivo or del Norte(2016)
#9
I'm a bit baffled by folks saying they can't take knitting needles on a plane. I have taken them on every plane I've ever been on with no trouble at all. USA and Europe. For the Camino I take a lightweight bamboo circular needle and lightweight yarn to make a scarf so I'm not adding much weight. I've done this 3 times. It's a wonderful way to relax after spending the day hiking. I love the scallop hat pattern that was posted and am putting it on my to-do list!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
TBD (2019)
#10
But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references.
The camino references are great but I am more interested in his Soviet pirate stories myself! :)
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#11
I'm a bit baffled by folks saying they can't take knitting needles on a plane. I have taken them on every plane I've ever been on with no trouble at all. USA and Europe. For the Camino I take a lightweight bamboo circular needle and lightweight yarn to make a scarf so I'm not adding much weight. I've done this 3 times. It's a wonderful way to relax after spending the day hiking. I love the scallop hat pattern that was posted and am putting it on my to-do list!!
I had mine confiscated once (I think I met a particularly zealous customs guard), and have been nervous since, so since I also crochet I take that instead. Its also easy as you only ever have one loop.

Last weekend I spent the weekend at a knitting conference in Napier NZ. On the flight back (knitting on domestic flights in NZ is fine) there were about 25 of us. It was hilarious watching the other passengers' confusion as they became aware of all these women knitting. One of them said it was like being in an alternative universe where knitters rule, and they were the odd one out.
 
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JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#13
As an advid knitter this post caught my eye, obviously I don't knit on the Camino (can't get the needles past plane security). But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references. View attachment 45896
I see a New Mexico flag in there too. That is an amazing knitting job!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#15
There's a (fairly new) tradition where I live of decorating post boxes at Christmas:

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But on my first Camino (just after 9/11 so before security tightened up) I was walking with a couple of teachers, one Chilean, the other Swiss. The Swiss lady was knitting a pair of socks for her friend as she walked along including turning heels!

I've three older brothers and we were all taught to knit either by Gran or our mother. I remember two of us getting the measles at the same time and being dumped into our parents' bed and given wool and needles to keep us amused. We'd have about 6 inches of wool cast on and were told to knit a square but not cast off.

When we'd done this mum would take it away and bring us a freshly cast on row.

Many years later I started to wonder about what had happened to all the dozens of knitted squares? Had they all been joined up and given to a charity? No said my brother. Mum would unravel the wool and we'd knit the same square over and over and over again.

Another childhood illusion shattered :(
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#17
But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him
That is amazing, Hel. What a glorious gift. I've never mastered knitting patterns in different colours, so what you've made is just...wow...

And @Peter Fransiscus , it may not be knitted, but that quilted tapestry is also very beautiful.

Last weekend I spent the weekend at a knitting conference in Napier NZ. On the flight back (knitting on domestic flights in NZ is fine) there were about 25 of us. It was hilarious watching the other passengers' confusion as they became aware of all these women knitting. One of them said it was like being in an alternative universe where knitters rule, and they were the odd one out.
Hahahaha! I can well imagine, especially if the flight was in one of those smaller prop planes where 25 knitters would be the majority of the passengers. Did you take a picture?
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#18
I'm a bit baffled by folks saying they can't take knitting needles on a plane. I have taken them on every plane I've ever been on with no trouble at all. USA and Europe. For the Camino I take a lightweight bamboo circular needle and lightweight yarn to make a scarf so I'm not adding much weight. I've done this 3 times. It's a wonderful way to relax after spending the day hiking. I love the scallop hat pattern that was posted and am putting it on my to-do list!!
It’s true, on some airlines. My friend (in a wheelchair and very ill) had her needles confiscated whilst flying from Germany to London Stansted.
I asked at London Gatwick if they would be allowed on board (flying to Spain) and they seemed puzzled ‘yeah, why not?’.
Go figure.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
#19
Yes, Moratinos ladies decked the plaza trees in a Yarn Bombing that is pleasing to both locals and pilgrims. This year a knitting/crochet group from my hometown in Pennsylvania (they make coverlets for babies in hospital intensive care units) took their excess squares and shipped them here to freshen up the Moratinos effort (we have only five knitters here.) If any of you would like to donate your work to this Home on the Meseta, do get in touch, we have more trees than blankets!
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Camino(s) past & future
Cami Sant Jaume (2017)
#20
I knit on my sock, on a size 000 dpn. It passed inspection in Boston, Frankfurt, and Barcelona, but not Istanbul. I bought a new one when I got home. I don't usually knit while walking, but once in a while.
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#21
That is amazing, Hel. What a glorious gift. I've never mastered knitting patterns in different colours, so what you've made is just...wow...

And @Peter Fransiscus , it may not be knitted, but that quilted tapestry is also very beautiful.

Hahahaha! I can well imagine, especially if the flight was in one of those smaller prop planes where 25 knitters would be the majority of the passengers. Did you take a picture?
No I didnt. that was a missed opportunity. You are right, it was one of those smaller planes, we were the majority - it was awesome..
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#22
As an advid knitter this post caught my eye, obviously I don't knit on the Camino (can't get the needles past plane security). But here is the blanket Scott asked me to knit for him when he was undergoing chemo, it's the history of his life in wool and if you are sharp eyed you may spot more then a few Camino references. View attachment 45896
What a beautiful gift. So much love.
 

lissie45

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk Frances 2019
#23
I had mine confiscated once (I think I met a particularly zealous customs guard), and have been nervous since, so since I also crochet I take that instead. Its also easy as you only ever have one loop.

Last weekend I spent the weekend at a knitting conference in Napier NZ. On the flight back (knitting on domestic flights in NZ is fine) there were about 25 of us. It was hilarious watching the other passengers' confusion as they became aware of all these women knitting. One of them said it was like being in an alternative universe where knitters rule, and they were the odd one out.
LOL - I swapped knitting for cross stitch years ago because it takes less space, but I haven't done much for years. Last year we had a couple of weeks in Queensland and I took my cross stitch with me for the Jetstar (no entertainment) flight across the TAsman - there was a spare row at the back of the plane - so I moved there to spread out and cross stitch - and I entertained the entre flight crew and the people waiting for the loo - it was a big a conversation starter as walking a dog - really does break the ice - people are intrigued.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Samos-Santiago (2015)
Samos-Santiago (May 2016
Porto-Santiago (May 2017)
Kumano Kodo (March 2018)
#24
I'm a bit baffled by folks saying they can't take knitting needles on a plane. I have taken them on every plane I've ever been on with no trouble at all. USA and Europe. For the Camino I take a lightweight bamboo circular needle and lightweight yarn to make a scarf so I'm not adding much weight. I've done this 3 times. It's a wonderful way to relax after spending the day hiking. I love the scallop hat pattern that was posted and am putting it on my to-do list!!
You're so right! There is no prohibition on taking knitting needles through airport security. I've been knitting on airplanes on needles up to size 20 and have never received even a second look as my project and supplies go through the X-ray machine.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk around 2022
#25
I’d not thought of knitting on the Camino before, but it’s a marvellous idea! I find it a meditative experience which would nicely pair with the pilgrimage. My first thought was concern about the extra weight, but I like the ideas of others in packing a lace weight yarn. Perhaps I can work on a fine merino shawl with a shell border. New goal: to photograph a beautiful piece laid over the rock at Finisterre....
 

Shades of Narnia

Sandi, Shades of Narnia
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, 2014
Camino Portuguese 2015
Camino Francis, 2016 & Hospitalera in Viana Spain
Etc.
#27
In Fall, 2016 I joined Nela (Polish) in Viana as Hospitalera.......and on my 'free' times during those 2 weeks, sat at a bar facing the Albergue, knitting a skater's hat, my own hand-dyed, hand-spun Merino. Perfect parting gift to her when we said aurivoir in Lagrono; her heading to SanSalvidor/Primitivo and me, on Francis (again). My moniker is that exact knitting place :)
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#29
I've three older brothers and we were all taught to knit either by Gran or our mother. I remember two of us getting the measles at the same time and being dumped into our parents' bed and given wool and needles to keep us amused. We'd have about 6 inches of wool cast on and were told to knit a square but not cast off.
When we'd done this mum would take it away and bring us a freshly cast on row.
Many years later I started to wonder about what had happened to all the dozens of knitted squares? Had they all been joined up and given to a charity? No said my brother. Mum would unravel the wool and we'd knit the same square over and over and over again.
Another childhood illusion shattered :(
This is either an elegant Zen lesson or a sadistic prank.
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#31
Wow...thanks for all the responses everyone!! And some of the work posted here is absolutely beautiful!! @hel&scott I can't believe that blanket! Amazing work.

I knit socks with shells on them.
Wow...do you have a pattern or could you tell me where to find it?

Gracias a todo!

@Rebekah Scott ... will definitely send some knitting for yarn bombing your way!! :)
 

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