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martha1958
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Posted - 10/06/2011 :  2:23:35 PM  Show Profile Send martha1958 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here are some general things I do when I fly with my knitting.
1. I usually take a project that is small, (sock, glove, scarf, or hat) but doesn't use needles smaller then a US 3 wood or bamboo.
2. I put in a life line so if my needs do get taken I don't lose much of what I have already knitted.
3. I always have a stamped self-addressed large envelope so I can send my needles home if they are not allowed on the plane.
4. I carry spare needles in my checked baggage just in case.
5. For international flights I have a project with which uses size US 6 or larger circular wood or bamboo needles, such as a small baby blanket.
I have traveled both nationally and internationally and have never had a problem. But I am prepared if I do.

weavingway
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43 Posts

Posted - 10/12/2011 :  09:40:15 AM  Show Profile Send weavingway a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very good idea about the self addressed envelope. I usually take less favorite needles in case they are taken away, never favorites or expensive ones. The envelope is a great idea. I also carry spare needles in my luggage. The life line is also a good idea, I will try that. I try to take something I am just starting so I wouldn't fall into a pitiful fetal position on the floor if I had to take the needles out.
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Knitlin
Warming Up

95 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2011 :  12:42:57 PM  Show Profile Send Knitlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
These are really good tips. I also recommend not to bring needles that can't be replaced or would be very costly to replace if taken away, lost in transit, etc. Something like Signatures, or other expensive, luxury needles should be left at home. I know I would cry if my Signature needles got taken away.

I have also found that if you use circulars, there's less chance of losing the needles.



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Gelliott
Seriously Hooked

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2011 :  1:58:02 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree about circulars--besides being harder to lose, they are also less likely to poke your seat neighbor than straights, and the work is easier to bundle into a bag.

I usually bring plastic needles. Denise interchangeables are my traveling needles of choice. If the tips should ever be a problem at security, I would use the cable as a lifeline.

Although I am not much of a crocheter, sometimes the easiest travel projects are crochet--potholders, slippers, string bags... The hook easily passes security and the WIP is easily stuffed into a bag at very short notice.


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EmEm
Warming Up

Ireland
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Posted - 11/06/2011 :  2:38:12 PM  Show Profile Send EmEm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Ideas!!! I have not had any problems with security either, but I do try to be prepared for anything. Although, I do think I travel with too many projects (if there is such a thing.) I am always worried about being stuck overnight somewhere.
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