Boarding Pass – Magda Sayeg

“Knit at least 5 pieces” is not your typical response to the question of how one prepares for a trip. But that’s how Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please rolls. Her “crew” was formed in 2005 out of friends frustrated by all their half-finished projects, and ultimately resulted in clandestine “tagging” as the perfect activity to keep them occupied and spread a little joy. Since its founding, the project has literally taken Magda and the crew around the world. Thanks, Magda for putting such a fun and creative spin on BOARDING PASS today!! I guess this is the perfect excuse for me to get back to my knitting project…
last trip taken:
In February, I was in Milan wrapping the city with yarn in conjunction with the Triennale Design Museum’s Dritto Rovescio exhibit.


next trip on deck:
I’m heading up to New York in May to do a collaborative knit project on Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights. See the Facebook event page here [this Wed and Thurs! May 13-14]. Knitta is also taking me to San Francisco, Australia, Sao Paulo, and back to Milan in the next few months.

{Magda in Mexico City mercado}

one place you would go back to again and again:
Mexico City. There was a vibrant passion everywhere. My family also spent a magical evening watching lucha libre. It took a while for my youngest daughter to realize that the crazy men weren’t REALLY angry.

{Houston, TX}

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Milan. The food is fabulous – and there’s a curious local obsession with clowns and Pinocchio that cracks me up.

{Mexico City}

preferred method of transportation:
The European train system. Even if you have to travel 12+ hours – Europe knows trains.

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Japan – I want to go so badly! I’m always trying to come up with excuses.

{Paris, France}

place you’d never go back:
Pittsburgh in the winter. I was there to wrap poles for Knitta and had to be outside far too long. As a warm weather girl, I was miserable. At the end of the day, though, drinking a hot toddy while watching the snow fall was a beautiful moment.

{Presidents Park in Lead, SD and Mexico City}

most memorable trip:
I went to the little industrial town of Tilburg, The Netherlands for the ZXZW music festival and had made up my mind to get back to Amsterdam as quickly as I could. I ended up being mesmerized by the textile museum and its representation of mass production – past present and future.

{Paris, France}

how do you prepare for a trip?
I always knit at least 5 pieces to bring with me for tagging my destination, and I don’t return with them. I also research small hotels or bed and breakfasts so that I can avoid big box hotels and hopefully have a legitimately local experience wherever I go.

{Houston, TX}

how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
I take pictures of anything that catches my interest and immediately email it to friends. I also keep journals of all of my meals and local finds I come across.

{Great Wall of China – photo: Ben Sayeg}

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
I like to photograph the spaces I’m in with a focus on the people I’m there with – I’ll pick up a postcard with a professional image of a monument – but I’m interested in personally documenting the particular spirit and memory of the moment. I love to find ways to incorporate my art into the places I go. I found an organ grinder in a park in Mexico City and knitted the post of his instrument. It was a great impromptu moment to document.

{Hollywood, CA + San Antonio}

on an average, how many pictures do you take on a trip?
One trip to London I took a total of four pictures. I took over 500 in Paris the last time I was there. It just depends.

what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
I carry a Nikon, my iphone, a pencil case and a blank notebook. I also have my macbook with me when I travel.

{fun with kids}

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I find that the trips pile up against life. Besides emailing photos to friends, I usually just stuff everything from business cards to bus tickets to menus inside a magazine or hotel travel guide and put it on a shelf. I have better intentions, but life happens.

I am never afraid to ask locals what restaurant they’d recommend – nothing is more fun than discovering those out-of-the-way places.

More from Magda:
website: Knitta Please
69 Meters project

Click HERE for all the past editions of BOARDING PASS!


  • Nice photos and nice travel rout. I see you visited many beautiful places. I was last year in NYC thorough ECT with my family. It is amazing city, we got a lot of fun there. Good Luck.

  • Hi Anne,
    I have become such a fan of your site recently. However, I was disappointed to see this write up on the ‘Knitta Please’ group. There have been numerous posts on the internet and the blogging community regarding the ‘casual racism’ in this name. I hate to see that someone who usually has such insightful posts, endorse such a overtly racially/culturally insensitive term.

  • Thanks for sharing your experience. I really like the way you have expressed your tour and I can feel every word of what you have written. Hope this experience can help me in enjoying on my tours.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *