funny story

Well thank you all for your response on my unfortunate yarn shop fiasco and on my messenger bag help.
I do have to admit that when I joined here I thought that I was going to be disappointed and that no one would really talk about knitting. I have to admit that now I think reading all of the blogs that are posted is almost as big of an addiction for me as knitting.
I have a funny story for you all and I am sure you all can relate. A couple weeks I was knitting up a storm and on sunday I realized that I was going to finish the project at hand and fear struck me. Oh my GOD what am I going to knit now. At that time I did not have a yarn drawer with odds and ends (which now I have in case of emergency) I then went to joann fabrics (the only store open on sunday) and bought some yarn that I normally wouldnt use and went home and life was good once again. So I guess that this was my admission that I AM NOW ADDICTED TO KNITTING.

One question for you guys ---- have any of you in the US flown domesticaly with knitting in your carry on if so any problems


kylewilliam's picture

there's no problem flying with knitting - use bamboo needles (I use circulars when on a plane to keep from dropping one) and make sure you use some sort of cutting disk (you can find them in notions aisles) - no needles or sharp metal objects are allowed, but you should be fine. be sure to prepare your yarn as well - gauge how much yarn you might need for the flight and layovers - I got stuck once with all my yarn but no pattern (the pattern was in checked baggage!) - and the yarn was for a sweater I was in the middle of... so plan plan plan an you'll be OK. I knit on every plane flight - and actually on one flight, I started a scarf in los angeles and finished it by the time I arrived in Pittsburgh :)



MMario's picture

I flew this month (Rochester/NYC/tampa and back) and had no problems bringing my knitting. did have to abandon two bottles of water because I forgot had to buy them *inside* security (and inside security they were twice the price! ripoff!)

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Kilted Knitter's picture

No Problem...
I flew in Nov. of 2006 and had no problem carrying my knitting with me in a backback. And had no problems in the airport waiting for the flight and was knitting. Take yours along and have fun traveling and knitting.
Barry the Kilted Knitter

I too have flown quite recently cross-country and have had no problems bringing my knitting on-board. But I do follow certain basic rules. (All this holds for cross-border/international trips also)
1. I always use cheap circular knitting needles. They are usually so cheap that they don't show up on the X-Ray machines. I am always prepared to take the work off the needles and throw them away. So far I have not had to do so.
2. Always have the project started. You get fewer questions asked when the security screener can see that you are actually working on things.
3. If you have to wait a long time for a connection, and the airport is large enough, go sit and knit in another lounge area. More people seem to have problems in the gate/lounge area than in getting into the departure area, so why tempt fate. Just don't miss your flight.

Happy knitting.

JPaul's picture

Regarding the circular thread cutters that are often recommended as an alternative to scissors, it sounds like people often get scissors confiscated, even though they are allowed, and have no problms with the circular cutter, even though they are prohibited. I'd like to point your attention to this article from the TSA website specifically addressing knitting and needlework on flights. Click the quote if you would like to read the rest of the article:

"Most of the items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage."

The article says that only blunt nosed scissors are allowed, although the official list of allowed/prohibited products states that scissors with sharp points are also allowed if they are less than 4" in length.

My recommendation is nail clippers. Or just break the yarn.

I fly frequently in the US and to Mexico and alway have my knitting (usually socks on size 1 metal dpns) and my knitting has never drawn a second glance (even when I had my entire bag searched and went through the little air puffer booth thing...

vettechadam's picture

I guess someone needs to invent a plastic yarn cutter. The TSA is very subjective I know in what they allow and what they dont but it is good to hear that they do allow knitting on flights.
I know for myself I have never had a problem with lighters since they have passed the law that no lighters are allowed. Last time I flew they took a nail file but left a swiss army knife "that I forgot I had not stuffed in my checked baggage before checking".

Thank you all for your response --- I will make sure and use the bamboo circular needles and not take a cutting device when I fly (I will have to figure out or search for a plastic cutting tool and let you all know)

Bill's picture

a dental floss container works as a cutting tool!!!
...and it's legal....

TomH's picture

That's a great idea. Thanks.

potterdc's picture

Hi Adam,

I totally relate to the fear that arises when one realizes one is desperately low on yarn. This happened to me just a few weeks back when I realized that I WAS OUT OF STASH. I have no idea how that came to pass, but with the Best Beloved in a cast for the next 4 weeks, I knew that if I was going to sit around and keep him company without getting grumpy, I needed stash and fast! I spent the weekend browsing the web and ended up finding several deals. It's been a lot of fun these past few days when UPS shows up - alomst like Christmas morning!

Jonathan in DC

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