Hello my fellow fiber artists, I'm checking in today to tell you a tale of knitting while traveling. I flew to Mexico recently knitting my Rio Rancho Cardigan for almost the entire two flights from here to Cabo. I made great progress on my project including while in Cabo.
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Shawl in a Ball is a wonderful warm weather yarn. As I was checking in for my return flight from Cabo to the U.S. I glanced down on the counter and saw a picture of knitting needles. I was intrigued. It turns out it was a warning that knitting needles are not allowed on Mexican flights navigate to this website.
I started panicking. I was wondering what on earth would I have done if got all the way to security and then had my project taken away from me. My whole life flashed before my eyes until I realized that what I would have done is step out of the security line, create a lifeline from some scrap yarn and needle, put that lifeline through all of my live stitches, tie it up, and surrender my needles and scissors if necessary, thus saving my project but unfortunately not being able to work on it on my flight. Luckily I saw the warning and was able to put my project safely in my checked bag. When I got to Houston, at my connection I was able to pull it out. I double checked that knitting needles are indeed allowed on U.S. domestic flights and I knit blissfully all the way home. If you're traveling with a project and you have questions about what's in your project bag and what is or is not allowed on a flight, TSA has an app with a section that says CAN I BRING. You just type in any object and it will tell you whether or not you can take it on a flight. For example, you type in 'scissors' and what comes up is scissors with blades 4 inches or smaller are indeed allowed on the plane. There's always the disclaimer that TSA has that if there's any questions or concerns, they make the final decision on whether or not the object is allowed through security. So just keep that in mind and remember, in case of emergency, use the lifeline! Hope is not lost. I have done a lot of traveling with my fiber arts projects and I've always made it all the way through the line onto the plane but just to keep it on the safe side, I suggest traveling with crochet hooks or circular knitting needles that are made of wood or plastic and of course the smallest scissors you can find. Remember, most yarn breaks easily without even using scissors. Now before you go, I wanted to suggest a few projects that are great for travel: 24/7 Cotton is a wonderful travel companion, especially if you are going to warm climates.
I suggest bringing along your crochet hook or a few needles and knitting up or crocheting up some dishcloths. You can keep them as a souvenir or keep working on them and create beautiful bundles of dishcloths for your friends. By the time the holidays get here you'll have great color combinations to give to all of those special people in your life.
Shawl in a Ball is my new favorite travel companion. It's not only wonderful in warm weather but it only takes one ball to make a shawl. And then when you're all done, every time you put that shawl on, you'll remember your beautiful trip. Here's hoping all your projects make it there and back again. Happy knitting! Happy crocheting! Most of all, happy traveling!