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  • 7 Portable Knitting Patterns

    Choosing the right project for the situation is serious business! The sweater you're working on while curled up at home isn't going to do the job as a take-along project. What is appropriate will vary by knitter and individual comfort level. Some can happily work on double sided lace while chatting at a knitting meet up (I've seen it!) while others take the opportunity to work on basic single-stitch patterns.

    Something most will agree on is the size of the project. Like many other knitters, I fall back on socks, mitts, hats, cowls, or single-skein shawls as my travel projects. These all fit into relatively small projects bags. And, as they are smaller in scale, they also tend to be worked on finer yarn. This means (usually) the project will take a little longer thus providing you with more knitting time.

    Projects using only one or two colors are also more likely to do well as travel projects. You don't want to be juggling multiple skeins sitting in the back seat of a car or watch one of your colors roll away down the aisle of the plane.

    The following selection of designs are available as free downloads on LionBrand.com.

    1. Seed Banded Slouch Hat

    knit hat

    Hats in general make great take-along projects and there are over 600 to chose from on LionBrand.com! The hat shown is worked in a luxurious 100% cashmere lightweight (CYC #3) yarn.

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  • Which Crafting Tools are Allowed in Carry-on Luggage?

    Travel Tips for Knitters and Crocheters
    The summer is here so it's time to plan a big getaway! I don't like air travel but I do like that it provides me with uninterrupted time to knit and I like that knitting keeps me calm and stress-free while I'm on board! When I tell people that the meditative qualities of knitting have seen me through many journeys, they're often surprised that I'm allowed to bring my needles on board. While the TSA guidelines can be tricky, knitters and crocheters can put their minds at ease! I've collected some frequently asked questions on the subject so you can be in the know about what you are permitted to take on the plane.

    Are knitting needles and crochet hooks allowed in carry-on luggage?
    Knitting needles and crochet hooks are permitted by the TSA in carry-on luggage on domestic flights in the US. Savvy travelers suggest that you carry wooden or plastic needles over metal and bring circular knitting needles instead of straights which might seem more obtrusive. If you are travelling internationally be sure to check the guidelines of your airline and security agencies abroad. You may be allowed to fly into a country with knitting needles in your carry-on but be required to check them on your return flight.

    What about scissors?
    You might be surprised to find out that you can bring scissors in your carry-on as long as they have blades that are shorter than four inches. Although they may seem innocuous or be advertised as airplane-approved, thread cutter pendants like these are prohibited by the TSA and should be kept in checked luggage. Don't have any small scissors? Nail clippers are a good, travel-sized alternative for cutting yarn and they are permitted in carry-ons. If you have questions about other items, the TSA has made a handy search tool.

    What if my knitting needles are confiscated?
    If you're worried you might have your needles confiscated, bring a print out of the most recent TSA rules. But keep in mind, screeners can confiscate any items they do not feel are safe regardless of these guidelines. It's best to leave supplies that are costly to replace or hold sentimental value at home in case you have to part with them. Carry dental floss in your carry-on. You can use the blade to cut yarn and the floss is great for holding stitches in a pinch if you're asked to surrender your needles.

    The security checkpoint is, for many travelers, the most stressful part of a trip. Pack your supplies together in a project bag so that they can easily be inspected and use clear, zip-top bags for smaller notions. Remember to have a back up plan and be courteous!

    What should I bring on my trip?
    Check out this post for more ideas on what projects and notions to pack and how to prepare for travel crafting. And don't forget, you can leave your yarn diet home while you're on vacation!

    Have you ever had trouble with your knitting or crochet at the airport? What's your favorite thing to knit or crochet on a flight?

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  • Take Your Project on the Go with the 2-in-1 Yarn Tote!

    When I'm heading out the door, I usually grab my yarn first and keys second. Now I've got a place to store my project, pattern, and notions along with my everyday essentials.

    The 2-in-1 Yarn Tote has a removable, zippered inner pouch that's designed to keep your yarn safe and clean! If you're doing stripes or colorwork, feed your yarn through the two grommets in the pouch and never worry about tangles again! I love this bag because the pouch is big enough for those work-in-progress sweater pieces. We made a little video to show off all of the features of this great tote!

    :: Can't see the video below? Click here: http://youtu.be/Up5L88a6aNs ::

    The 2-in-1 Yarn Tote comes in four great colors. Which one is your favorite?

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    Black 2-in-1 Yarn Tote Blue 2-in-1 Yarn Tote Green 2-in-1 Yarn Tote Pink 2-in-1 Yarn Tote

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