Sunday, February 13, 2011

Knitting on a Plane

I did a bit of research before I flew with my knitting.  The last thing I wanted was to have them take my expensive needles at the security check point.  In case you are interested in flying with your nice knitting needles and other supplies, here's what I found during my research.

The TSA allows transport of knitting needles and needlepoint items.  Specifically, they state the following on their website:   TSA Regulations on Knitting Needles
Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage.  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 which cannot go through the checkpoint and must go in your checked baggage.
I printed the regulation pages for knitting needles and nail clippers that I use for scissors, link below, and put those in my travel knitting kit. 

I find it very relaxing knitting on the plane, especially the long flights.  I'll post my finished project from my flight back to Nashville from Kauai in the next couple of days.  I've met quite a few knitters (passengers and flight attendants) during my travels.  During a flight back from NYC, I found that an American flight attendant was a knitter and a new Nashvillian.  I gave her the name of my favorite Local Yarn Store (LYS) Haus of Yarn so she would be able to keep her stash up. 

My travel knitting bag contains these items:
  1. Addi-Click circular knitting needle kit, size 4 through 15.  The kit also contains a needle sizing template.
  2. Selected sizes of straight bamboo needles in an Art Bin case.  The needles are held together, to keep them from rattling around, with spiral needle holders.
  3. Retractable measuring tape - 60"
  4. Stitch markers - I prefer the pin style that can be removed after knitting.  These are more versatile for me.
  5. Tapestry needle - Clover bent tip
  6. Yarn for at least two projects
  7. Project patterns, if needed
  8. Ziploc baggies - gallon and quart sizes.  I keep my yarn (center pull) in a gallon bag and use the yarn from the bag when I'm knitting.  This also keeps the yarn clean and organized into projects.
  9. Nail clippers (scissor replacement) to clip yarn.  I put my knitting scissors in my checked luggage - TSA Regulations on Nail Clippers - See Items permitted in aircraft cabins
  10. Small Notebook
  11. Mechanical Pencil and Permanent Pen
  12. Latest knitting magazine for light reading
  13. Sticky notes
  14. Printed TSA regulation pages for knitting needles and nail clippers
Happy knitting and I hope these links to the TSA regulations are helpful.  Leave me a comment with your travel knitting experiences.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Potato Chip Scarf in Paradise

I've been on vacation in Hawaii for the last two weeks and I've completed a few projects.  I'll be posting these over the next week or so.  The first project is this potato chip scarf I knitted for a friend. 

The pattern was given to me verbally by my daughter and I've made a couple of these since Thanksgiving.

Here are the instructions:
          Cast on 20 stitches, leaving a 12" tail
          Row 1: knit 20 stitches
          Row 2: knit 8 stitches, turn
          Row 3: knit 8 stitches
          Row 4: knit 6 stitches, turn
          Row 5: knit 6 stitches
          Row 6: knit 4 stitches, turn
          Row 7: knit 4 stitches
          Repeat Rows 1 through 7 until you reach the desired length
          Last Row: bind off (knit stitch) all 20 stitches, leaving a 12" tail.
          Using a tapestry needle, thread the 12" tail on each end of the scarf.
          Weave together the raw edges of the ends into a semi-circle, see picture below.

I used two skeins of Trabajos del Peru, 100% Pure Fine Merino Wool by Plymouth Yarn, color 001.  It's a very deep rich blue that shows up just a little lighter than the actual color in these photos.  Each skein is 147 yards and the size needle recommended is US 9.  I used a US 10 needle because I liked the guage better.  The guage isn't important as long as you like it.

We've had a lot of cold weather in Nashville over the last few weeks.  This soft but warm scarf will come in very handy.  Enjoy the pattern and if you like it, please leave me a comment.