Curtains & Travel Amsterdam and Marseilles

Does anyone have a pattern or know where I can get a pattern for either knitted or crocheted curtains ?I want to make some for my dining room.

Also, coming back from Guatemala on Monday, I had my knitting needles taken. That is the first time ever and I have been traveling a lot. I plan a trip to Amsterdam and Provence in May. Does anyone know if they will allow me to keep my needles in Amsterdam airport ? I am flying in and out of there, also Marseilles. Any suggestions will help.


murfpapa's picture

You need to check with your airline. If it's their rule that they are banned, then they'd know about it. If it's a government rule, then the airline would know about it. Since enforcement is at their (the airlines) end, they would be the one to check with. And I'd call first since websites aren't always updated on a timely basis. I've never had any problems but to be safe I never take anything important that I'm working on and never anything on my interchangables. Last trip to Tampa the airline's website said no to the pendant cutters, yet the TSA guard saw it, asked me what it was and let me through anyways. So, even if the website and a call say it's ok, the individual guard still has a say and they're one you don't want to piss off.
I was traveling with a friend who is hard of hearing yet has no hearing aid. On the trip home he was wearing some huge cockrings along with a wife-beater and a tropical print shirt and shorts. The guard, who didn't speak fluent English, told him he'd have to take off his shirt. He hadn't heard her very well with her heavy accent so he said, "Huh?' She replied, "You have to be exposed" which again he didn't quite understand so he said, "My shirt isn't going to explode". Well, that's definitely the wrong thing to say. They hauled him of for a full strip search and put his possessions in a tub on the far left, put mine on a table on the far right and told me to watch the tubs. Now, I'm not Marty Feldman and the 250# guard who stood right in the middle wasn't helping things. We finally were able to board with seconds to spare and the head of the TSA team made it clear to me that my friend shouldn't joke about things concerning safety or he could end up on the potential terrorist list. I told him no less than three times that my friend is hard of hearing and the guard was difficult to understand, even for me. She stood right there and said that she never used the word "exposed". We were very thankful to get home and I told him from here on, keep your mouth shut and do what they say.
So, check their website, call for update and even if they both say it's ok, take some cheapie needles and something relatively unimportant to work on.

scottly's picture

Ravelry has lots of great curtain patterns, both crochet and knit. I just did a pattern search and came up with at least four pages worth.

I'm thinking that knitting needles on planes is going to be an inspector by inspector situation. It will be at their descretion which makes it hard to plan. I've never had a problem but I've only flown domestically. Plus I'm usually working on socks with size 0 needles, if they consider those dangerous they would have to ban tooth picks as well.

Mnjack's picture

I'll check out Ravelry...thanks

scottly's picture


Didn't the underpants bomber come through Schipol? Is there food for thought here?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have to agree with the thought of checking with the carrier, especially since you're going through Amsterdam. I understand they are being super vigilant since the Detroit incident. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

When I fly I always keep a self addressed envelope on me in case that they want to pull my needles. It's never happened but if it does I can take and put the knitting on a piece of scrap yarn and either mail the needles back home or if I have a long stay, to my destination.

Addis are too expensive to be thrown away.

Best always,


"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

Mnjack's picture

The envelope idea is great, thanks for the tip.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I'd forgotten about the self addressed envelope/mailer tip. Several crafting sites and magazines suggested this. If they won't let you mail it yourself, perhaps a friend or colleague can do it as they leave the terminal. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

QueerJoe's picture

Just be careful with this option...the TSA folks won't mail it for you (usually) and they've removed mail boxes from airports to avoid folks dropping bombs into them.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good point, Joe. I forgot that small detail. I guess the best option is to have a friend along so they can take them home for you after your flight leaves. Still, what a sad state of things. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Tallguy's picture

It's all up to the individual security person. If they are having a bad day, so will you. No matter what the airlines say, what the government might say, if they decide they don't like you, you won't get anything past them. A little old granny with knitting is fine, but not a man with knitting, even if he can prove that he knows how to knit.

Recently, there was a show on TV (NCSI??) about someone on a plane taking a knitting needle from a fellow passenger and sticking it through someone's neck. If any of the security people saw that, good luck trying to get needles on a plane!

I can only hope the producers had the sense to alert the TSA that it was a fake...especially since they used a Susan Bates acrylic needle, which by no means have a pointy enough tip to puncture even the palm of my hand, let alone someones neck! My immediate inclination was to email the producer and ask them to post a disclaimer with all of the airlines, along with Dept. of Homeland Security!

I've flown a number of times in the last few years and have not ever had needles of any sort questioned, not even metal DPs that were in my carry-on luggage by mistake. However, as I have pointed out, it's really up to the TSA on duty...even though the last time I flew I had my snips in my knitting bag, the agent watching the X-Ray spotted them, pulled my bag, and while I was pulling them out, offering to turn them over, the agent's supervisor walked over, looked at them and waved them on through with a roll of his eyes. Trusting they could do some damage if you wanted to hold them to someones throat. Go figure.

Someone told me they place their interchangable needles amongst their pens (they look like pens). When on the plane, they attach them to the cables on the knitting, and all is fine.

But take my word for it! Just don't take chances... read a book!