Anyone who knows me, is aware of the fact that I don't go ANYWHERE without my knitting. That includes the pool, the beach, car, airplane - doesn't matter. It's like a security blanket for me. Having said that however, I have to mention that some locations require much more 'set-up' time than others.
The beach is one of those locations. Here, the sand and salt water can be a very real problem if you aren't careful. I've dropped many balls of yarn in the sand, and can attest to the difficulty of getting out those tiny little grains. My solution - I keep everything except the piece on the needles in a bag, tied up in the umbrella stand, out of reach of sand and surf. If works quite well, but the problem is that progress is slow. Every row, or so, you have to get up and pull more yarn from the skein, straighten things out, make any notes that are required to keep count etc. Most people would consider this too complicated to be workable. Not me. There is NOTHING that compares to the splendor of knitting on the beach. And here's proof. When you look up - this is what you see: