Sunday, February 19, 2012

That Old Chestnut!

How many knitting forums have you been on where the question of whether you're allowed to fly with knitting needles comes up incessantly?

How Did You Respond?
Lately, I just ignore then entire thread whenever it comes up.  I used to reply that I fly more frequently than most people (other than flight attendants and pilots), and I fly both inside and outside the United States.  I have never had an issue with bringing knitting needles on board a plane.

Until this past week.

Flying home from Cancun, the Cancun Airport security took three Addi Turbos in my knitting bag, including the one in my current project with 545 stitches on it.  I hated losing the needles, and I hated not being able to knit on the flight home and I really hated the thought of getting 545 stitches back on a needle.

Last night I spent about an hour getting the Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf project back on the needles, but when I did, I found I like the current Addi Turbo better, because the cable is longer, and I can show off the project better!

I still wish I hadn't lost three needles and I still wish I could have knit on the plane.

Please don't start a string of comments about bringing needles on airplanes...I can find that anywhere.  I don't care to hear about taking a self-addressed/stamped envelope with me, or putting in a safety net (that's my name for threading a line through my knitting every so often so at most I'll lose a few rows of knitting), or using only wood or plastic when you fly.  I think the topic has been thoroughly exhausted in other forums.

Current Knitting/Spinning
Despite the setback on the Koigu scarf, I was able to make some progress (both on the flight to Mexico and a little bit since I returned...I hardly knit one row whilst on vacation).

It looks like it's going to end up being about 6 feet long when it's finished...not including any fringe (which is probably the only way I can think to finish off the ends without sewing a hem (there are lots of ends that would look stupid woven in).

As stupid as this is, when the scarf was off the needles, I didn't even consider checking if it was ruffling as I'd hoped.  I was just concerned about getting the stitches back on the needle.  Perhaps it's just wishful thinking, but I swear I see a soft ruffle starting up.

I also got the plying set up for the Optim Merino wool I'm spinning.

The resulting yarn is incredibly soft and lustrous.  So far, it's probably the nicest yarn I've ever least from a tactile perspective.

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