San Miguel Allende

Mid October my husband and I are off to San Miguel Allende and I was wondering what, if any yarn, I might find there. From what I hear it's very Americanized with lots of expats living there because their pensions go further south of the border. Which makes me think it might be a hot spot for knitting, weaving and such. Has anyone been? This post reminds that I have to call the Airline and see if Addi Turbo circs are legal on the plane. Hmm.


ronhuber's picture

I live a couple of hours from San Miguel but am in Canada to enjoy the autumn. I would have loved to have driven over to meet you. I have never shopped for yarn there but I would go to a Mexican market and you will probably find some. I can buy a kilo of local yarn for for about ten dollars in markets near me.
I have had needles taken out of my hand luggage twice and no longer try to take them. It doesn't matter the airline or the rules, they have always taken them away from me. (That is leaving Mexico)
I hope you have a wonderful time and I hope the next time you visit, we can get together.
Are you flying into Leon?

scottly's picture

Yes, we're flying into Leon and a driver is picking us up and taking us to San Miguel. Thanks for the tip on the needles - I would hate to lose a pair of trubos to coustoms but it distresses me greatly that I won't be able to knit on the plane - bummer! I just have to line up some good reading on my Kindle.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hope you have a great trip. Let us know if you have any problems with your needles. Several members have reported that they have.

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

michaelpthompson's picture

Sounds like a great trip Scottly. As a travel agent, I look at lots of different things regarding such questions as bringing knitting needles on an airplane. Officially, the U.S. Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) lists knitting needles specifically as an allowed item. Problem is, each individual inspector is free to make his or her own determination of what's safe and what is not, so it's pretty much up to the inspector's whim and mood what's allowed and what is not. Not a good system, but that's what we've got.

I have heard lots of stories of people having no problem at all bringing knitting needles on, and a few of having them taken. So it's not common, but certainly possible that they'll be disallowed. Some people disassemble their Addis (if they are that type) and put the needle part in with pens and pencils and stuff. Others recommend always using plastic or at least wooden needles of some sort, as they don't seem to be perceived as quite as much of a threat. But there's still a distressing amount of randomness to the whole thing, so a lifeline seems to be the way to go, just in case.

Another problem is that TSA regulations only apply going OUT of the U.S. Coming back, you're subject to some other country's rules and that may be a completely different story.

Personally, I find it hard to imagine sitting on a plane for hours without being able to knit, so I'd be inclined to try something just to see if it works. If not, have a backup plan, as you mention.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

scottly's picture

Thanks for making think. I just rememberd I have nylon circs that I inherited from someone so I'll try those with just the beginning of a project on them and see what happens. They look so harmless - I'm sure they won't be noticed.

Tom Hart's picture

I was knitting on a streetcar the other day and two gents of a certain age got on and sat down near me. When I'm knitting on public trans I studiously avoid looking at other guys so I didn't notice that they must've been looking at me. Finally one of them got up, came over, stood over me and said, "Is that knitting or crochet?" I told him I was knitting and he made some nice comments and then sat back down with whom I realized must've been his partner. Then he said, "You know who used to knit a lot was Rock Hudson." That completely surprised me. I had no idea. I said, "Is that right?" He says, "Yes, he used to knit whenever he got on a plane." "A PLANE!" says I, "you sure can't do that anymore." "Oh, yeah, he used to knit the entire time he was on a flight. And he was very good too." We made a few comments about how the world has changed and then their stop came and off they went. I'm grateful for that bit of gay knitting history though. I had no idea that Rock Hudson was a knitter.

steve kadel's picture

I have taken my addis everywhere on planes and knitted in flight with no problems although taking my whole click set raised an eyebrow but still passed

we put birds on things