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April 02, 2007


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those new addi turbos made it through 7 or 8 security checks in 4 countries, despite being metal. I think it was mostly because I stuffed 'em in the little bag you gave me, and so no one ever spotted them, and it never occurred to me to declare them as "sharp."


Kristi aka Fiber Fool

I've flown about 12 flights in the last calendar year and have taken either addi turbo 16" or still US1 or US0 zeros on the plane. Not even a questioning by the TSA agents. I have been sure to have a self-addresses and stamped envelope along just in case, but never a stop or nothing. I usually make sure there is enough on the needles to make it obvious what it is for. Now, I haven't gone out of the country though...

Deborah Robson

Thanks all. . . . I *do* usually fly with my 000s (and a stamped, padded, self-addressed envelope, just in case). I have a feeling about this set of trips, though . . . perhaps stirred by the story of Stephanie (www.yarnharlot.ca) being told she couldn't knit on her recent flight.

Abby Franquemont

I've had good luck thus far with the Addi Turbos as well, though I try to knit the last row before travel onto bamboo or a stitch holder, until I know I'm not going to have to give up a metal tool -- this in order to avoid frantically cramming a lifeline in at the last minute, or something... and you know, I swear, I have almost the exact same thought process about picking travel projects, and it's how shawls end up happening more often than not.

I did once have to give up my yarn needles, which filled me with all sorts of ire, but for the most part it's been a non-issue. I have had to demonstrate the drop spindle in the security line before, however, and they used to routinely insist that my father knit, as a man with knitting needles tended to be perceived as unlikely.

The thing that bothers me, I guess, is that it's all screener whimsy now, with less reliability and predictability than what the third world offered in the old days, even. So I no longer fly with anything I'm not willing to lose.


My friend Rae knit the dragon shawl. She enjoyed it, I'd go nuts... but it's beautiful and totally her style.

My friend Laurie did the fibertrends shawl in a thicker weight yarn, solid purple. It is infinitely useful on cold days, and avoids the "girlie" look so much lace has... good for others but not for me. She enjoyed knitting it, and recommended it to me.

Personally I'm all about socks on bamboo needles but then again I knit tight and I like fat-yarn socks a lot anyway. I usually let myself play with colorwork when I travel, it's one of the few times I have where I knit and look at the knitting for a long while.

In Ethiopia I knit socks in four colors, and a few rows had three colors per row in order to make them look like the basket patterns which inspired them. It was SO much fun to knit whatever I wanted and not worry if someone would want the pattern later.

The pics of my cool Ethiopian socks is here: http://colorjoy.com/weblog/archives/789 (we'll see if I get kicked out for moderation now that I've posted a link in the text of this comment...


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