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Walk and knit - Camino Frances

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Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
Should I have room for 0.8 kg yarn and needles in my backpack to knit another sweater during the Camino Frances?
(I hope it will be able to start in SJPP early April 2021 - if possible and safe - or later.)

During Camino Frances in March a few years ago - I did knit this sweater for myself ( I always knit for other people) in lots of green shades in alpacca and silk - mostly while walking. (But during snow, wind and rain and some hilly or muddy parts, I enjoyed my trekking poles more.) It felt like a luxury to knit and walk while possible and it was so nice that locals (elder) and pilgrims made contact and talked about my knitting project - and shortly thereafter - everything else. Camino Frances is perfect for knitting (as I see it: mostly flat), bring your own yarn and needles (preferably wood to knit silently) - smaller or larger projects - and knit while you walk or during breaks. Anyone who has knitting experiences during any camino?
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Theatregal

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Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019
I have thought about bringing a small project, socks maybe, but haven't yet. I walked briefly with a woman who was knitting and she also enjoyed the social aspect of it in the afternoons or evenings in a village and how it opened up conversation especially with local people curious about her project.

Your sweater is beautiful!
 

Anamiri

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Camino(s) past & future
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
Should I have room for 0.8 kg yarn and needles in my backpack to knit another sweater during the Camino Frances?
(I hope it will be able to start in SJPP early April 2021 - if possible and safe - or later.)

During Camino Frances in March a few years ago - I did knit this sweater for myself ( I always knit for other people) in lots of green shades in alpacca and silk - mostly while walking. (But during snow, wind and rain and some hilly or muddy parts, I enjoyed my trekking poles more.) It felt like a luxury to knit and walk while possible and it was so nice that locals (elder) and pilgrims made contact and talked about my knitting project - and shortly thereafter - everything else. Camino Frances is perfect for knitting (as I see it: mostly flat), bring your own yarn and needles (preferably wood to knit silently) - smaller or larger projects - and knit while you walk or during breaks. Anyone who has knitting experiences during any camino?
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The first time I took lace weight, and a small circular with wooden tips and made a shawl (simple pattern). I didnt knit while I walked, but we have a seriously long plane trip, and you can only watch so many movies. Whilst on Camino I knit after walking, often after dinner whilst chatting with people.
The next time I took lace weight and a crochet hook. Spanish ladies were really intrigued to see me crocheting.
So I didnt take enough yarn to knit a sweater.
Last time I took my crocheting, but due to taking other people, husband and grandson - didnt really get much done.
I did find wool shops in Burgos, close to each other and one in Leon that was never open, but didnt find any others.
 

Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Should I have room for 0.8 kg yarn and needles in my backpack to knit another sweater during the Camino Frances?
(I hope it will be able to start in SJPP early April 2021 - if possible and safe - or later.)

During Camino Frances in March a few years ago - I did knit this sweater for myself ( I always knit for other people) in lots of green shades in alpacca and silk - mostly while walking. (But during snow, wind and rain and some hilly or muddy parts, I enjoyed my trekking poles more.) It felt like a luxury to knit and walk while possible and it was so nice that locals (elder) and pilgrims made contact and talked about my knitting project - and shortly thereafter - everything else. Camino Frances is perfect for knitting (as I see it: mostly flat), bring your own yarn and needles (preferably wood to knit silently) - smaller or larger projects - and knit while you walk or during breaks. Anyone who has knitting experiences during any camino?
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As a Knitter and a Pilgrim I commend both your choice of hobby and the proposed timing of your Camino.

I walked part of my first Camino with a Swiss teacher and her Chilean teacher friend. The only time she didn't walk and knit (socks) was when it rained (the whole of the Mesata) and the hike up O Cebriero (it was a lot rougher back in 2001). She also taught me the rudiments of playing the recorder.

I still can't turn a heel but I can play "Tom Tom, the Piper's Son" and "Au Claire de la Lune".
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I can hardly tell you not to carry so much yarn when I carry 100g sock yarn and far too many watercolours, fountain pens and a hard cover journal!
Should you be interested there’s a lovely yarn shop right on the way in to Santiago too - on Rua De San Pedro (just down the road from the best churrería!)
 

OzAnnie

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Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
During Camino Frances in March a few years ago - I did knit this sweater for myself
Wow.
Your sweater is beautiful!
It sure is and I can see quite a pattern involved. I’m amazed that anyone could walk while creating this and not trip over. However on second thoughts I often see people with heads in their smart phones walking and driving cars - so well done to you x
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Yes - my thought! I trip over even when I'm concentrating on the trail. If I tried to knit it would be a very interesting pattern. But I can imagine the pleasure of knitting in the evenings, surrounded by other pilgrims chatting. If that still happens - with Covid distancing and smartphones.
 

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)
I knitted during daily breaks while a Hospitalera at the Perocial Albergue in Viana, a few years ago...a 'skater's hat' which I gave to my fellow Hospitalera when we parted ways after our 2 weeks together. It gave me, and hopefully her, joy :)
 

Becky 59

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2018)
Camino Ingles (Aug 2019)
I met a retired nun who was embroidering a counted cross stitch piece, loved the design so much I got the pattern from her and will bring needle and thread on my next camino. Here is one I did when I got home:IMG_2086[1].JPG
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
I have thought about bringing a small project, socks maybe, but haven't yet. I walked briefly with a woman who was knitting and she also enjoyed the social aspect of it in the afternoons or evenings in a village and how it opened up conversation especially with local people curious about her project.
Your sweater is beautiful!
Thanks @Theatregal, maybe you will bring a small project next time - i think it may open some 'new' doors.

As a Knitter and a Pilgrim I commend both your choice of hobby and the proposed timing of your Camino.
I walked part of my first Camino with a Swiss teacher and her Chilean teacher friend. The only time she didn't walk and knit (socks) was when it rained (the whole of the Mesata) and the hike up O Cebriero (it was a lot rougher back in 2001). She also taught me the rudiments of playing the recorder.
I still can't turn a heel but I can play "Tom Tom, the Piper's Son" and "Au Claire de la Lune".
@Jeff Crawley, I think you actually - with some guidance - would easily turn a heel - but can you play the recorder while walking? Sounds like you had the best of time with the teachers!

I can hardly tell you not to carry so much yarn when I carry 100g sock yarn and far too many watercolours, fountain pens and a hard cover journal! Should you be interested there’s a lovely yarn shop right on the way in to Santiago too - on Rua De San Pedro (just down the road from the best churrería!)
Thanks @Kiwi-family! I will check out that yarn shop next year (hopefully). I guess your journal must be a lovely memory - and well worth the extra weight.

I knitted during daily breaks while a Hospitalera at the Perocial Albergue in Viana, a few years ago...a 'skater's hat' which I gave to my fellow Hospitalera when we parted ways after our 2 weeks together. It gave me, and hopefully her, joy :)
@Shades of Narnia and @Barbara - so nice to give away knitted items to others. Gives an extra warmth.

I met a retired nun who was embroidering a counted cross stitch piece, loved the design so much I got the pattern from her and will bring needle and thread on my next camino. Here is one I did when I got home:
@Becky 59 - lovely pattern that could be used for knitting as well - the single pattern is what we call: 'eigth-petal rose' and you can actually find it all over the world. Beautiful.
 
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked part of the Camino Frances one and a half times. I ended in Sahagun in April 2019.
Should I have room for 0.8 kg yarn and needles in my backpack to knit another sweater during the Camino Frances?
(I hope it will be able to start in SJPP early April 2021 - if possible and safe - or later.)

During Camino Frances in March a few years ago - I did knit this sweater for myself ( I always knit for other people) in lots of green shades in alpacca and silk - mostly while walking. (But during snow, wind and rain and some hilly or muddy parts, I enjoyed my trekking poles more.) It felt like a luxury to knit and walk while possible and it was so nice that locals (elder) and pilgrims made contact and talked about my knitting project - and shortly thereafter - everything else. Camino Frances is perfect for knitting (as I see it: mostly flat), bring your own yarn and needles (preferably wood to knit silently) - smaller or larger projects - and knit while you walk or during breaks. Anyone who has knitting experiences during any camino?
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Did you ever fall down because you were not looking where your feet were going? That would be my problem.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
Did you ever fall down because you were not looking where your feet were going? That would be my problem.
@Vanozza - No, I have actually never fallen while knitting. I've knitted from the age of six and can knit without looking at the garment - I look at where I'm walking. I also knit in the dark in the cinema - only plain colors, of course. When I knit patterns - I need to have a glance every now and then, so walking projects need to be more plain...
Actually - knitting is a really good way to avoid checking your 'smartphone' all the time - so relaxing.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
@Vanozza - No, I have actually never fallen while knitting. I've knitted from the age of six and can knit without looking at the garment - I look at where I'm walking. I also knit in the dark in the cinema - only plain colors, of course. When I knit patterns - I need to have a glance every now and then, so walking projects need to be more plain...
Actually - knitting is a really good way to avoid checking your 'smartphone' all the time - so relaxing.
I have a friend in Bergen, Norway and she does the same....muscle memory! She can knit anywhere, she even will make me drive just so she can knit. She taught me to knit and I tried when I went on the Frances, I would knit sometimes after walking or after finishing in Santiago waiting for my next flight. I could never knit while walking I have enough trouble walking without knitting 😃 I say take it if you will indeed use it but if you cannot comit to using your wool then it’s not worth the weight. also there are many knitting/fabric shops in the larger cities so you can also pick up some yarn as you go along.

can you show us some of your work?
 

tpmchugh

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2018}
I met a lady from Sunderland back in 2016. We were all enjoying a snack in the bar in La Faba when she produced her knitting. She was doing a cushion cover and wanted as many pilgrims as possible to add a row. She was surprised when I offered to do one. Seems men from Sunderland dont knit lol.My Mum taught me when my sis and I were kids and laid up with the flu. A local lady was also impressed so after doing her row she rushed off and came back with her own knitting, handed it to me and through another pilgrim interpreting, she also wanted me to add an Irish row. So there you have it. Somewhere in Sunderland there is a cushion cover with my knitting in it and there is a cardigan in La Faba also with my row
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
I met a lady from Sunderland back in 2016. We were all enjoying a snack in the bar in La Faba when she produced her knitting. She was doing a cushion cover and wanted as many pilgrims as possible to add a row. She was surprised when I offered to do one. Seems men from Sunderland dont knit lol.My Mum taught me when my sis and I were kids and laid up with the flu. A local lady was also impressed so after doing her row she rushed off and came back with her own knitting, handed it to me and through another pilgrim interpreting, she also wanted me to add an Irish row. So there you have it. Somewhere in Sunderland there is a cushion cover with my knitting in it and there is a cardigan in La Faba also with my row
Wonderful story! Of course - men are clever knitters. Actually - on the island Amantani in the Titicaca lake between Peru and Bolivia - mostly men knit and they are the master knitters - women tend to spin the finest yarn - and weave (and of course a lot more). It is considered the highets quality knitting in South America. I bought a woolen hat with incredibly fine yarn and counted 350 stitches in a single row and packed with beautiful pattern.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
I have a friend in Bergen, Norway and she does the same....muscle memory! She can knit anywhere, she even will make me drive just so she can knit. She taught me to knit and I tried when I went on the Frances, I would knit sometimes after walking or after finishing in Santiago waiting for my next flight. I could never knit while walking I have enough trouble walking without knitting 😃 I say take it if you will indeed use it but if you cannot comit to using your wool then it’s not worth the weight. also there are many knitting/fabric shops in the larger cities so you can also pick up some yarn as you go along.

can you show us some of your work?
Thank you for asking - Iriebabel. These projects have been "walking" projects that I design myself. All sweaters and mostly given away. The secret to be able to walk and knit or do something else while knitting is to have a plain/simple design that looks a lot more advanced than it is (with only a small part with pattern - one chameleon or some birds on the arms - and the rest just knitting with one color at a time) - then it is "doable". Knitting with 2-3 colors in the same row with intricate pattern: not possible while walking (or chatting). Here are som details from a few of my walking projects.
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Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
@Jeff Crawley, I think you actually - with some guidance - would easily turn a heel - but can you play the recorder while walking? Sounds like you had the best of time with the teachers!

I always get a large hole here

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(I did not knit these)
The ones I did for @Camino Chrissy's elephants were a doddle by comparison.

The recorder lessons were actually given while "on the hoof" except the initial one in the garden of the refugio in Viana - the recorder itself was a birthday present they bought for me in Navarette.

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I have the "music" written down somewhere - it sounds dreadful. Easy as anything while walking the Mesata, did not try it while ascending the Alto do Poio!
 

Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Wonderful story! Of course - men are clever knitters. Actually - on the island Amantani in the Titicaca lake between Peru and Bolivia - mostly men knit and they are the master knitters - women tend to spin the finest yarn - and weave (and of course a lot more). It is considered the highets quality knitting in South America. I bought a woolen hat with incredibly fine yarn and counted 350 stitches in a single row and packed with beautiful pattern.
Of course Real Men knit while on stilts . . .

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Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
Thank you for asking - Iriebabel. These projects have been "walking" projects that I design myself. All sweaters and mostly given away. The secret to be able to walk and knit or do something else while knitting is to have a plain/simple design that looks a lot more advanced than it is (with only a small part with pattern - one chameleon or some birds on the arms - and the rest just knitting with one color at a time) - then it is "doable". Knitting with 2-3 colors in the same row with intricate pattern: not possible while walking (or chatting). Here are som details from a few of my walking projects.
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Really lovely...I am a novice compared to you I’ve been doing slippers and scarves. I really need to learn to do a sweater and socks. Here are some I’ve knitted not while walking 🤓
 

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Camino Frances (March 2016)
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Camino Frances 2021
Really lovely...I am a novice compared to you I’ve been doing slippers and scarves. I really need to learn to do a sweater and socks. Here are some I’ve knitted not while walking 🤓
@Iriebabel -
You knit so well with nice structure and even stitches - and I particularly love the Buddha-scarf - you could easily produce your first sweater. Easily. You could knit anything, honestly. An easy pattern - stripes in colors you like. I seriously recommend knitting with circular needles - with alpacca (needs handwashing or it will shrink) or maybe superwash merino wool. Maybe knit parts of the sweater on your next camino? Or start with a hat (circular needles!). That would be so nice. I think socks are actually more complicated than a sweater.
Maybe knit an icelandic type of sweater - here a version with a typical traditional Norwegian pattern I've made. But maybe skip the 2-color pattern - use stripes in colors you like - and not the thinnest yarn? Looking forward to seeing your future product(s).
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
@Jeff Crawley, I think you actually - with some guidance - would easily turn a heel - but can you play the recorder while walking? Sounds like you had the best of time with the teachers!

I always get a large hole here

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(I did not knit these)
The ones I did for @Camino Chrissy's elephants were a doddle by comparison.

The recorder lessons were actually given while "on the hoof" except the initial one in the garden of the refugio in Viana - the recorder itself was a birthday present they bought for me in Navarette.

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I have the "music" written down somewhere - it sounds dreadful. Easy as anything while walking the Mesata, did not try it while ascending the Alto do Poio!
@Jeff Crawley - You have a great sense of humour, what a birthday gift! When is your next camino - do you think? By the way, I knit heal in a less fancy way; see the square version here:

I don't think its cheating to use a needle and thread to close the 'hole'. Elephants? Elephants on the camino?
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
@Iriebabel -
You knit so well with nice structure and even stitches - and I particularly love the Buddha-scarf - you could easily produce your first sweater. Easily. You could knit anything, honestly. An easy pattern - stripes in colors you like. I seriously recommend knitting with circular needles - with alpacca (needs handwashing or it will shrink) or maybe superwash merino wool. Maybe knit parts of the sweater on your next camino? Or start with a hat (circular needles!). That would be so nice. I think socks are actually more complicated than a sweater.
Maybe knit an icelandic type of sweater - here a version with a typical traditional Norwegian pattern I've made. But maybe skip the 2-color pattern - use stripes in colors you like - and not the thinnest yarn? Looking forward to seeing your future product(s).
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Beautiful pattern..and nice work. Yes I do use a circular needles I bought in Bergen, I find that they work best for me I also use superwash wool then I wash in 50C allow it to felt After the first wash. Thank you for the confidence...I will definately try a hat next as i travel to cold places and I will get braver with a sweater 🙂
here is my friend Rita’s website If you wish to check out her Textile And paintings
 
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Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
@Jeff Crawley - You have a great sense of humour, what a birthday gift! When is your next camino - do you think? By the way, I knit heal in a less fancy way; see the square version here:

I don't think its cheating to use a needle and thread to close the 'hole'. Elephants? Elephants on the camino?
I'm 69 next month, I'd like to do one final Camino before I'm 70 - that'll be one for each decade - and then call it quits. Maybe another Portuguese or Ingles?

As for the "elephants" it started out as a very, very old joke "Why do elephants paint their toenails red? So they can hide in cherry trees" and went on from there to this piece of foolishness:

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I warn you, there are dark recesses of this Forum where the sane and wise do not gather!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
I'm 69 next month, I'd like to do one final Camino before I'm 70 - that'll be one for each decade - and then call it quits. Maybe another Portuguese or Ingles?

As for the "elephants" it started out as a very, very old joke "Why do elephants paint their toenails red? So they can hide in cherry trees" and went on from there to this piece of foolishness:

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I warn you, there are dark recesses of this Forum where the sane and wise do not gather!
Portuguese, maybe?
You have a fantastic sense of humour that saved my day - lovely elephant socks!
Warning received!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Thank you for asking - Iriebabel. These projects have been "walking" projects that I design myself. All sweaters and mostly given away. The secret to be able to walk and knit or do something else while knitting is to have a plain/simple design that looks a lot more advanced than it is (with only a small part with pattern - one chameleon or some birds on the arms - and the rest just knitting with one color at a time) - then it is "doable". Knitting with 2-3 colors in the same row with intricate pattern: not possible while walking (or chatting). Here are som details from a few of my walking projects.
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Gorgeous!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I'm 69 next month, I'd like to do one final Camino before I'm 70 - that'll be one for each decade - and then call it quits. Maybe another Portuguese or Ingles?

As for the "elephants" it started out as a very, very old joke "Why do elephants paint their toenails red? So they can hide in cherry trees" and went on from there to this piece of foolishness:

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I warn you, there are dark recesses of this Forum where the sane and wise do not gather!
Jeff, I'd thought about posting this picture myself. I'm glad you did it as you were the knitter...a nice memory I will not forget!
P.S. I am not the sane, nor the wise! 😅
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
@Jeff Crawley - You have a great sense of humour, what a birthday gift! When is your next camino - do you think? By the way, I knit heal in a less fancy way; see the square version here:

I don't think its cheating to use a needle and thread to close the 'hole'. Elephants? Elephants on the camino?
Excellent!!!😁😁
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
@Jeff Crawley, I think you actually - with some guidance - would easily turn a heel - but can you play the recorder while walking? Sounds like you had the best of time with the teachers!

I always get a large hole here

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(I did not knit these)
The ones I did for @Camino Chrissy's elephants were a doddle by comparison.

The recorder lessons were actually given while "on the hoof" except the initial one in the garden of the refugio in Viana - the recorder itself was a birthday present they bought for me in Navarette.

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I have the "music" written down somewhere - it sounds dreadful. Easy as anything while walking the Mesata, did not try it while ascending the Alto do Poio!
Those socks have a standard short row heel and unless you are very careful they tend to get a gap where you show. I prefer to do a heel flap, then a short row turn, then when you pick back up along the edge of the flap you are much less likely to get gaps.

I play recorders in a Renaissance consort, I can play whilst wandering around a dance floor.
 

domigee

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Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
I'm 69 next month, I'd like to do one final Camino before I'm 70 - that'll be one for each decade - and then call it quits. Maybe another Portuguese or Ingles?

As for the "elephants" it started out as a very, very old joke "Why do elephants paint their toenails red? So they can hide in cherry trees" and went on from there to this piece of foolishness:

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I warn you, there are dark recesses of this Forum where the sane and wise do not gather!
He says ‘hello’ 😉3275C9BD-6B00-4A99-A199-A77BEED0A07F.jpeg
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I used to both play the recorder and knit. Not of course at the same time. Now that life makes both either impractical or impossible, I most miss the knitting, and my basket of wool and needles. Someday I'll take it up again...

@Tingeling , color patterns always spooked me way more than cables, which I loved to do (simple ones). But you make it sound so easy - thanks for the inspiration! I've never tried socks...they're way too fiddly. But sweaters and hats are relatively easy, @Iriebabel - go for it!
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I used to both play the recorder and knit. Not of course at the same time. Now that life makes both either impractical or impossible, I most miss the knitting, and my basket of wool and needles. Someday I'll take it up again...

@Tingeling , color patterns always spooked me way more than cables, which I loved to do (simple ones). But you make it sound so easy - thanks for the inspiration! I've never tried socks...they're way too fiddly. But sweaters and hats are relatively easy, @Iriebabel - go for it!
Working a slipper i promise to Nomad Pack .He chose the color .have one foot done need to finish the other then attach the sole , felt it Add buttons or poms and mail to him maybe by christmas 😂😂😂
 

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Theatregal

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Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019
color patterns always spooked me way more than cables, which I loved to do (simple ones). But you make it sound so easy - thanks for the inspiration! I've never tried socks...they're way too fiddly. But sweaters and hats are relatively easy, @Iriebabel - go for it!
A few years ago I took a class with an amazing knitter at the yarn shop in my village. She both demystified the sock knitting process and introduced me to the joys of self striping wool. Now I feel like I'm a virtuoso with colour patterns...even though I'm not at all 😁 This wool makes beautiful scarves too.

My current project.
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Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I have just this minute finished turning the second heel/flap whilst doing a Pimsleur Spanish lesson and of course wearing knitted socks! Knitted, pilled and shonkily darned, no less: 59F1BB95-9D86-4398-80BB-FA359DFE094A.jpeg (Incidentally the only shop socks I own are injinji toe socks - the rest are homemade)
My favourite is to do two socks at a time, toe up so I can keep knitting until the wool has almost run out (saving just enough for some darning in ten years’ time!) I do NOT like self-striping yarns mixed with a lace pattern - no idea what came over me to do this!
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No-hole-heel:
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Theatregal

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Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019
I have just this minute finished turning the second heel/flap whilst doing a Pimsleur Spanish lesson and of course wearing knitted socks! Knitted, pilled and shonkily darned,
"Shonkily"My new favourite word! :) Knitting 2 at once - Amazing. I think the self stripping with your lace pattern looks quite pretty actually!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
All I can say is you people are amazing! I know nothing of knitting, but did crochet afghans and scarves years ago. They were flat and easy peasy.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
The first time I took lace weight, and a small circular with wooden tips and made a shawl (simple pattern). I didnt knit while I walked, but we have a seriously long plane trip, and you can only watch so many movies. Whilst on Camino I knit after walking, often after dinner whilst chatting with people.
The next time I took lace weight and a crochet hook. Spanish ladies were really intrigued to see me crocheting.
So I didnt take enough yarn to knit a sweater.
Last time I took my crocheting, but due to taking other people, husband and grandson - didnt really get much done.
I did find wool shops in Burgos, close to each other and one in Leon that was never open, but didnt find any others.
They let you carry knitting needles on the plane?

I love to knit, but I'm too busy looking at everything around me when I walk, and I can't knit without looking. Your sweater is beautiful!
 

Anamiri

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Camino(s) past & future
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
They let you carry knitting needles on the plane?
Airport security isnt consistent. Thats why I take a circular with wooden tips. If they object I can take the tips off and my knitting is still intact on the cable. I did once have to prove I could knit before they let me keep them. It was really annoying as there were a lot of stitches and I then had to finish the rest of the row in pattern as it was complicated. These days I take something basic.. Or a crochet hook, which they never have an issue with.

A few years ago I went to a knitting conference in Napier (NZ), a local flight in one of those smallish planes. Pretty much half the plane on the way back were knitters from the conference. We were all knitting and chatting away. It was hilarious to see the other passenger reactions - they thought they'd walked into some alternative universe.
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Airport security isnt consistent. Thats why I take a circular with wooden tips. If they object I can take the tips off and my knitting is still intact on the cable. I did once have to prove I could knit before they let me keep them. It was really annoying as there were a lot of stitches and I then had to finish the rest of the row in pattern as it was complicated. These days I take something basic.. Or a crochet hook, which they never have an issue with.

A few years ago I went to a knitting conference in Napier (NZ), a local flight in one of those smallish planes. Pretty much half the plane on the way back were knitters from the conference. We were all knitting and chatting away. It was hilarious to see the other passenger reactions - they thought they'd walked into some alternative universe.
They had;-)
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
A few years ago I went to a knitting conference in Napier (NZ), a local flight in one of those smallish planes. Pretty much half the plane on the way back were knitters from the conference. We were all knitting and chatting away. It was hilarious to see the other passenger reactions - they thought they'd walked into some alternative universe.
A better one.
 
Camino(s) past & future
October (2021)
I can't imagine being able to knit and walk at the same time, but I am a knitter, and I've found that it does cross language barriers with regularity. Most of the needles that I buy are the bamboo kind in case I should feel that I need to take them on an airplane (but I haven't done that recently). What I like the best about the conversations that arise is that most people mention that they have a sister or someone who does the same thing, so it's a calling 😄 (now I'm wondering how and when to work this into a packing list).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March 2016)
Camino Portuguese (April/May 2017)
Camino Frances 2021
I can't imagine being able to knit and walk at the same time, but I am a knitter, and I've found that it does cross language barriers with regularity. Most of the needles that I buy are the bamboo kind in case I should feel that I need to take them on an airplane (but I haven't done that recently). What I like the best about the conversations that arise is that most people mention that they have a sister or someone who does the same thing, so it's a calling 😄 (now I'm wondering how and when to work this into a packing list).
You are so right - what a barrier breaker! I've never had problems with metal needles on plane internationally, but I prefer wood - bamboo or cherry wood or sth like that - as it allows one to knit silently. Good for those around. You could knit during breaks - evenings... Always a little room for some yarn and wooden needles.
 


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