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mcmircle
New Pal

USA
48 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2004 :  9:05:36 PM  Show Profile Send mcmircle a Private Message
Socks are good. I once took an afghan and got a lot done.
Normally I like DPNs for socks, but they have a way of dropping down under seats, so definitely use circulars. Tha Magic Loop is good for hats, socks, etc. & only requires 1 circular -- less chance of confusion..

Have fun.

Michelle
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Karencrafts@comcast.net


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Posted - 12/16/2004 :  9:22:26 PM  Show Profile Send Karencrafts@comcast.net a Private Message
In September I traveled to Frankfurt, Germany and then on to Italy for a cruise, I knitted a child's sweater front on the way over and the back on the return trip home. My knitting needles were never questioned and I did not use the wooden ones this time. But at the ticket counter, the clerks did not know if I would be able to go through security with them. I took the chance, and at the security check - they did not question me.
Karen
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Wen
Permanent Resident

Australia
3244 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2004 :  12:06:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message
I prefer small projects with repetitive patterns when I'm not at home because I won't have the space to get out the pattern and check it. So for trips I prefer scarves and shawls (until they get too big), no shaping so no checking the pattern along the way.

BTW I wouldn't risk knitting on the plane as the rules vary between countries. Here we can't take any needles on planes. No point leaving the US and having them confiscated while you are enroute.

Wen

2004 stats: 23 FO, 7 WIP, 5 frogpond.
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ladyjane142@hotmail.com
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Posted - 12/17/2004 :  04:29:35 AM  Show Profile Send ladyjane142@hotmail.com a Private Message
Do they allow needles on the airplanes? Are plastic needles more acceptable?
Thanks, Jane
P.S. I am new to the forum and not sure how to do this
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ladyjane142@hotmail.com
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Posted - 12/17/2004 :  04:32:02 AM  Show Profile Send ladyjane142@hotmail.com a Private Message
I am flying to Florida next month for a golf vacation with my friends to celebrate my 50th but would love to be able to satisfy my other passion and do some knitting on the plane and airport. What is the current policy on bringing knitting needles on the plane? I will be flying Delta.

Thanks, a newcomer to the forum- Jane
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barbaydos@aol.com
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 12/17/2004 :  06:02:11 AM  Show Profile Send barbaydos@aol.com a Private Message
Hi,
I've done quite a bit of air plane travel. I have talked to the stewards and they told me a childs sissor is fine. Nail clipers are ok. Take plastic needles in the plane. I usually crochet. I've been working on an afgan that is done in pieces.
In your suitcase that is checked you can take anything you want. I have seen people with long needles, but the tone of the airport can change from hour to hour.
Barbaydos
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hart
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8 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2004 :  08:30:01 AM  Show Profile Send hart a Private Message
I read the question about knitting on planes, and I remembered that I went to KR because of this question.

I copied this link from Cara (I hope you don't mind)

The US TSA, which governs airline security, says that knitting and crochet needles ARE ALLOWED on airplanes. Here's the link: http://www.tsa.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Permitted_Prohibited_8_23_2004.pdf

I hope this helps.
~Kris

So many projects... So little time!
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anang310
Chatty Knitter

USA
208 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2004 :  09:35:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit anang310's Homepage Send anang310 a Private Message
I love EZ's Pi Shawl for travel. Laceweight yarn is light, the yarn fits in the "bag" that the shawl creates as you knit it, you can make the lace patterns as easy or complicated as you wish, and it provides hours of knitting time! The only suggestion I would make is that you do the startup work on the shawl before your trip--getting it from the dpns to a circular doesn't take too long, and you don't want to spend the start of your trip frustrated with the circular cast on.

http://www.anitaderouen.net/knitnut
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marfa
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USA
2037 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2004 :  10:59:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message
How do.
Great ? & lots of great answers too.
Re projects to take, I would pack a couple or three small things to knit. My hands & my mind need a change from one WIP to another & if I have a couple of things to knit, I also feel more productive.
The TSA web site will offer you the "OK" & "Not OK" items to take. When we were last traveling by plane, a suggestion was made to me to print a copy of the TSA guidelines & take w/me just in case I was questioned about knitting needles. It was easy to prove that the TSA OKed them. That would be easy for you to do if/when you scope out their site.
Anang310, is the EZ Pi shawl in one of her books or is it a separate pattern?
And to add to the post re knitting while one's partner or spouse is driving, the tho't one can give to the knitting & the lack of being as watchful while riding w/said partner, here here!! I did that this fall when we traveled - got a lot of knitting done & DH drove.
Martha
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anang310
Chatty Knitter

USA
208 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2004 :  3:52:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit anang310's Homepage Send anang310 a Private Message
***Anang310, is the EZ Pi shawl in one of her books or is it a separate pattern?***

It's in Knitter's Almanac and in the Knitter's Shawl book. Happy knitting!


http://www.anitaderouen.net/knitnut
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marfa
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USA
2037 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2004 :  10:22:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message
How do.
Thank you, Anang310! I have KNITTER'S ALMANAC, not the KNITTER'S SHAWL book. That's a new title to me. I'll try to find out more info about it.
Martha
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IsleoClare@aol.com


USA
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Posted - 12/18/2004 :  11:26:28 AM  Show Profile Send IsleoClare@aol.com a Private Message
I always carry socks with me. Never had a problem with security! Clare
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pdiviney@rockisland.com


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Posted - 12/18/2004 :  11:44:06 AM  Show Profile Send pdiviney@rockisland.com a Private Message
Before taking a project, at least star it. I learned the hard way that i didn't have something i needed, a different size needle,or I forgot how to make both types of increases and decreases. Socks are a great travel project, but I think it'd easier to learn them on double pointed needles, especially when it comes to turning the heel. However, working the remainder on circulars is great. Good luck!
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levis_mama
Chatty Knitter

USA
188 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2004 :  07:36:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit levis_mama's Homepage Send levis_mama a Private Message
Thank you everyone for all of your extremely helpful suggestions. I have now picked out my projects (ambitiously!) Not everything on the list below is for the plane.

Clapotis from fall 04 knitty (need to start today)
2 pair socks on 2 cirs (one started - sock yarn is small so that's why 2 pair)
a fair isle bag to felt at home (very simple 12 st repeat; 2 colors only; noro and solid cascade)
a ball of noro for a fun quick hat
two balls of black yarn for quick simple hats to donate to IDF

Patterns are copied onto cardstock and in sleeves. my spiral VK quick reference will be in the bag. I'm sure I won't have trouble w/security on the trip out. For the trip back, my Denise set will be with me on the plane (don't care if that's taken); my good bamboo interchangeable set will be checked through. All tool bags are see through. The bag most of this goes in is a small suitcase, just in case I have to go back and check it all through.

Thanks again everyone!


StephanieR
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister all walk into a stich-n-beach...
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gdelrosa
Seriously Hooked

USA
851 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2004 :  09:42:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit gdelrosa's Homepage  Send gdelrosa a Yahoo! Message Send gdelrosa a Private Message
I'm going to bring my Denise Interchangeable needles. I've been hearing that they are "Airline Friendly". And I'm going to bring a hat and scarf project. Maybe some fingerless gloves. So I have something to put under my gloves. I have a 4hour flight to Minneapolis this Tuesday and I want to make sure that I have adequate protection against the cold. Hehe...
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principessa40@netzero.com


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Posted - 12/20/2004 :  11:44:47 AM  Show Profile Send principessa40@netzero.com a Private Message
You can take needles on planes (all carriers) but in order not to bother your seat mate use circular needles. Anything is good except of course a large afghan.
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Sabrina Fair
Seriously Hooked

United Kingdom
639 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2004 :  02:40:58 AM  Show Profile Send Sabrina Fair a Private Message
You must let us know how you got on and what you made.

Also I would take an inventory of items with you. I have learnt the hard way that its so easy to miss a ball or have needles slip down into seats. That way you can do a check as you move about.

Sabrina



Sabrina fair,
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
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Suza
New Pal

2 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2004 :  12:27:40 PM  Show Profile  Send Suza a Yahoo! Message Send Suza a Private Message
Someone mentioned loolies /Is there a pattern? I think it was Rose who mentioned it. Can you e-mail me

sue @ stunsueh@yahoo.com
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levis_mama
Chatty Knitter

USA
188 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2004 :  06:51:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit levis_mama's Homepage Send levis_mama a Private Message
So, how many of you thought I was nuts for brininging so many projects? Well...you were right! It was too nauseating to knit on the bus (like reading), so I only had the plane and (a little) room time for knitting. The only thing I finished was one of the hats, but I did make good progress on one sock - turned the heel and everything! Clapotis involved too much reading of the pattern and marker placement for me to make any progress on it. So now I know better for next time how to plan trip projects.

As far as international airport security goes... I had very little trouble. Of course, no trouble in the US. After arriving in Frankfurt, we had to go through TWO more security checkpoints. The first was fine; they looked at my nail clippers and sent me through. The second checkpoint almost cost me my Denise set and my 2 pair of size 3 circs b/c they were "too sharp". (size 3 addis). (I chose not to agrue that pens and pencils are sharper.) They completely ignored all the rest of the needles that were stowed in DH's carry-on, including the very pointy, very sharp size 2 Inox I use as a life-line and my pair of sz 2 addi circs. I convinced them to let me gate check the needles and they escorted me to the boarding gate to see that I did so - which they didn't have to do and I thanked them profusely for it. (The only thing I can think of is that the screener at the second checkpoint was obviously new and that my tote was open as opposed to DH's closed carry-on.) On the way home, Israeli security just wanted to see what it was and once I confirmed that it was "sree-gah" (hebrew for knitting) everything was fine. Only had to go through security in Frankfurt once on the way back and they just waved me on through after looking at my clippers again.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and will have a happy and safe new year. Thanks again for all the suggestions and advice.


StephanieR
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister all walk into a stich-n-beach...
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fuderella
Warming Up

88 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2005 :  4:08:51 PM  Show Profile Send fuderella a Private Message
Hi Everyone,
Getting lots of information about airplane travel and knitting. I will be traveling by plane this week, and plan on taking bamboo circulars and short wooden double pointed needles.
The airline told me that they follow what the TSA says. I enjoy knitting socks, but right now I am knitting fingerless mittens. They are fun to knit and portable like the socks, so I will take yarn for both with me. I also cast on for a shawl I bought in a kit with some wild yarn, I find that uncomplicated patterns are best for travel and the knitting itself is very soothing and relaxing.
Linda
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