I’m currently sitting in an airline waiting for my plane because it’s been delayed… something we all have expierence. Luckily I brought along my yarn and crochet hook. Instead of starting my fox project ( which I will give directions to soon) I wanted to give everyone a guide so ypu can travel stress free and smoothly with your craft. This guide should eliminate the only stress i could imagine would surfacE, that would be what projects and craft tools you are allowed to take on the plane, how to pack them properly and how to work on them in those crowded little seats. After knowing this you can sit back and relax to the repetitious stitching that always helps to sooth and relax me, which is exactly what most of us are looking for on our vacations.
What Can I Take on the Plane?
The first question on everyone’s mind is, “What will I be allowed to take on the plane?” Especially with all of the regulations and security rules that the airlines have these days you never know what’s allowed and what might be taken as soon as you walk up to baggage check! Here are some of the basic rules to follow based on current TSA guidelines.
. Here’s what the TSA currently says:
- Knitting needles and crochet hooks are typically allowed on planes. You should have almost no hassle with crochet hooks. Knitting needles might prove more difficult because a rare security person might consider them a weapon. This doesn’t happen very often. The easiest way to prevent problems is to bring plastic or bamboo hooks and needles, as these are less likely to appear threatening than aluminum or steel supplies.
- Scissors can get you into some trouble. It’s truly unlikely that your crochet hooks or knitting needles will be confiscated. Where you might run into trouble is if you bring a pair of scissors with you to cut the yarn. Scissors are considered a potential weapon. Pointed-tip metal scissors that are longer than 4″ are not allowed on planes. Your best bet is to bring a pair of plastic kids’ scissors. They cut yarn just fine and won’t pose any problems going through security.
- Sewing needles are allowed on planes. If you use a sewing needle to weave in your yarn ends then you can go ahead and pack that into your carry-on bag because there are no rules that disallow these craft supplies.
These are, of course, general rules. Security personnel at any given airport can always question what you are bringing on to the plane. For that reason, you should be sure not to carry supplies that are important to you. Leave your vintage crochet hooks and favorite knitting needles at home and bring the ones along that you’re okay with losing on a trip just in case the worst scenario happens!
Note: Keep in mind that that these rules are subject to change and may vary depending upon where you are traveling. Check the official list of prohibited items before you travel. Your airline might also have specific rules that you can review on their website.
WHAT TO ACTUALLY BRING IN YOUR PROJECT BAG?
- The yarn for your project. If you’re bringing a lot of yarn then you might pack some in the suitcase and just include what you’ll use on each flight in the craft bag. Also a project with one or two colors is ideal.f you pick a project that includes twenty different yarn colors with color changes at every row then you need to pack twenty skeins of yarn in your carry-on luggage and that’s a hassle.Consider yarn weights. Your yarn will require less space in your carry-on if you choose fingering weight over bulky. Think about that since you can only bring a small carry-on on board.
- Your craft tools. Make sure that all of your hooks, needles, sewing supplies and scissors are packed neatly into your bag for easy access.
- Stitch markers. It is not uncommon to have to pause in the middle of your work when you are crafting in an airport or on a plane. Bring stitch markers so you can pause without your work unraveling.
- The pattern for your project. You don’t want to be stuck on the plane with all of that yarn and not be able to work because the pattern is sitting on your desk at home!
- Row counter. You might find that with all of that pausing to get on the plane, talk to your noisy neighbor, order your beverage from the stewardess, etc. that you constantly get lost as to which row and stitch you’re on. A row counter prevents this problem. A phone app that works offline is a another good choice so that you aren’t bringing any unnecessary extra items along with you.
WHAT TO MAKE?
15 Travel-Friendly Crochet Patterns
- Road Trip Baby Blanket
- Crochet Luggage Tag
- Crochet Travel Blooms
- Travel Jewelry Pouch
- Crochet Travel Pillow
- Cozy Crochet Car Blanket
- Mom’s Favorite Baby Blanket
- Around the World Crochet Pillow
- Crochet Hook Travel Case
- Grab & Go Bag
- Happy Hands Coffee CozyWine Carrying Crochet Pattern
Well look at this just as I have completed writing this they just called for us to board… what a coincidence. Bye for now I will fill you in on my trip as for now I cant wait to see my baby girl!!