Knitting on a Airplane

I had to go to DC for a week last week. I wanted to see how I would feel about knitting on a plane and in the airport. Wasn't as much or a challenge as I had hoped. There was a little old woman sitting beside me. She looked over and said, "whatcha working on dear." LOL

I got some odd looks, but I guess I've gotten to the point in my life where I don't care.

Do you guys knit during air travel??


QueerJoe's picture

Work requires me to travel a lot on planes and sometimes trains and buses. I always knit in airports and on airplanes. I can often do more knitting while waiting for a flight than I can over an entire weekend at home.

I've hardly ever gotten odd looks, and often it's the women who do handicrafts that ask me, like your seat-mate.

mrossnyc's picture

It's rare that I don't have knitting with me on a flight. I've never felt uncomfortable and I've never gotten strange looks. Not that I would care anyways. Shortly after I started knitting, a lady at my then LYS said that needles weren't allowed on planes. Then on my next flight, I saw a lady knitting a baby afghan and learned that knitting needles have never been banned on flights, even after 9/11. After I learned that, I've always brought my knitting along.

As an FYI, you can also bring scissors on a flight as long as they are round-tipped (safety). I've also taken knitting on international flights, but you cannot bring needles on flights originating in England (and perhaps the UK in general?); security will make you throw the needles away.

I never fly without something on the needles, even if I'm just knitting little doodles. I like the "corner-of-the-eye" attention, and there is always at least one little old lady that asks what I'm making! Pretty cool... makes layovers fun, and makes me feel like I'm not wasting time!

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss

jwhassjr's picture

Same here. I travel every week and make sure I have something that will sustain for the trip as well as any unexpected delays. I've had several conversations in the airport about what I'm knitting, but I generally get a lot of flight attendants who are interested in what I'm making. Typically I work on hats, but the thing I was knitting once that sparked the most interest was a dog sweater.

NonStopAndrew's picture

Went to Australia and back with three projects, had a great time talking to a little old lady on the flight home. It was more odd to knit in the group I went with (Agriculture students) than it was to knit in general.

rc_in_sd's picture

I've had a range of reactions to knitting on a plane, from positive to neutral. The first time, I got a lot of attention (positive) from the two female flight attendants. One of them was working on a scarf and only knew the garter stitch, so I showed her how the purl stitch/stockinette thing works.

On one flight, there was at least one guy across the aisle who couldn't seem to stop staring. I never made eye contact, but I was tempted to look over and say "Boo!"

On another flight, a male flight attendant asked me some questions about my project, then brought me a nice strong rum and coke at no charge. Hmmmm.

On at least three flights now, no one has seemed to even notice.

Overall, my favorite has been the rum and coke experience. Go figure.

Thomasknits's picture

The only thing that would make that story better for me would be if it had been rum and diet coke. Def my favorite.


Mnjack's picture

I always knit on planes and in airports. This past month I have been traveling a lot and have managed to get the front and back of a sweater done. I don't get too many stares in airports, except if we go to an airline club room. There I do feel more stares. On planes, most of the time ,the flight attendants want to know what I am making and often we share ideas. My partner doesn't mind sitting there, while I knit and perhaps people stare. I have definitely gotten past the point where I care if people think I am strange or not. It certainly helps pass an otherwise boring period of time.

thairapist's picture

I feel that having my knitting with me at all times allows me to control my time. If i get stuck anywhere i always have something to do. Travel is one of the best times to knit as there is little else you can do other than read or knit.

MWK - Houston's picture

I just came back from the Dominican Republic and the trip took a total of 15 hours. It was delayed 4 hours in Dom Rep , - then three more hours in Miami. I think without my knitting I may have lost my mind. I just found a nice corner and sat and knit and the time seemed to fly.

Kilted Knitter's picture

Seeing as I wear a kilt, and trust me I get plenty of looks and staring, I have gotten used to the looks when I have been in public places and the one time that I did take the needles on the plane with me. I to have gotten to the place in my life that I don't care what people think of me, about my knittting or my kilts!
Enjoy Life and Enjoy Knitting!

scottly's picture

I'm not good at waiting so knitting is a godsend to me. I take knitting wherever I think I might have to sit any amount of time with nothing to do. I love long road trips, long flights, jury duty, freinds having elective surgery any thing that gives me free uninterrpted knitting time. I've never noticed that anyone even pays attention to my knitting in public. Maybe I'm invisible when I knit, hmmmm.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

It's been a while since I flew anywhere - flights out of Casper are ridiculously expensive. However, the last time, I didn't have any problems with the knitting. Still, it is up to the various carriers as to what they allow as carryon, despite TSA guidelines. Just to be on the safe side, I recommend checking with the carrier and your airport as to whether your knitting will be okay. I understand that some airlines even quibble over fountain pens. can do just as much damage with a sharp pencil. Besides, who would want to damage their pens (or needles, for that matter) unless it was dire straits? Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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