Hanging around is boring, and I need something to entertain me and keep me occupied.
I always have a book in my handbag. Currently I'm reading Treasures of Time by Penelope Lively, which is part of a new series called Penguin Decades. I love these new covers - all of them - and it is always good to rediscover old books that are new to me.
But I can't always read a book when I'm hanging around. Particularly if I have one of the children with me, or there is good people watching to be done. Instead I need something to occupy my hands. A portable craft that can be stuffed in a bag and brought out when there is time to be killed, and then stuffed back in the bag until next time.
I like sock knitting for its portability, and simplicity. Apart from the heel and toe, it is just a whole load of knit stitches - round and round. Easy to manage while talking about goodness-knows-what with the children.
But I find sewing is often less portable. I need to get a good collection of small hand-sewing projects that I can have on the go. I am hand quilting Livvy's strawberry quilt at the moment, which is a good pick-up-put-down job, but not portable. Embroidery is a good hand sewing project. And suffolk puffs are simple and mindless once you've cut up a whole pile of circles.
But what else could I do? What fun, portable, hand-sewing projects can you think of, which I could carry around with me?