Smitha Katti is an Artist, a Mom, a Creative Professional, a Blogger, and a Photographer. She wrote a fantastic blog post for her website, and we are thrilled that she has decided to share it with our Happily Hooked readers. Enjoy!
When flying on a plane, I like to keep my fingers busy, and I always carry a small yarn project, but the first thing that pops to your mind is what travel scissors can I pack? I just returned from my Creativation trip to Phoenix, and I will share with you all what I packed and went through security check easily!
Here is a look at what all I was able to cram into that little zippered pouch. I needed a small pouch because it had to fit in my laptop bag easily. And in general, I like to carry a small project and not a big blanket project while flying in an airplane.
What I packed:
- Yarn from my stash- a few different colors and most of these were left over balls from my previous projects. One of two of them I pulled out from their skein and rolled into a small travel size yarn ball. But I wanted a few colors for my granny square and was happy that these fit in the bag.
- Crochet hooks- I always pack a hook and a spare. I have this set of bamboo needles that is great for travel – because TSA in general like wood or plastic crochet hooks vs. metal ones. If you are knitter, the same applies.
- Printed pattern – I printed the paper double sided and folded it up (Happily Hooked comes in hand here)
- Travel Scissors – Scissors need to be blunt, no pointy edges, and I prefer to carry a foldable one. This scissor folds into a super compact size, and it is also very inexpensive. It is not super sharp but does the job of cutting the yarn nicely. You don’t want to carry sharp blades, yarn cutters or larger scissors.
- A Zippered Pouch – I like to have everything fit nicely into a small zippered pouch because very often I will carry this in my laptop bag and I don’t have too much extra space. The pouch in the picture came from my IPSY makeup subscription, but you can easily find similar ones here.
Tips for packing crochet hooks:
- Very important–don’t pack your favorite prized hooks. I LOVE my Clover ergonomic hooks (Click here, and you can get them for free) but would never try to carry them onto a plane. One – they are metal, and two they come as a set of pretty colored hooks, and I would be sad if I lost one of them. This is just a precautionary measure because even if you pack everything correctly, there might be some problem at the airport.
- Pack an extra crochet hook. I have learned this the hard way. I have dropped one too many hooks in our car or on a plane and spent time searching for them instead of crocheting. So now, I pack two hooks at all times. Don’t pack anymore – like if you pack 5 crochet hooks, TSA might look at them suspiciously. In general, if you carry any one item in a large quantity, it might be considered suspicious.
- Think about maybe packing a paper tape, this one is in fact from one of our IKEA purchases and has lasted long! And while you might necessarily always need a measuring tape, a paper one is easy to fold and if you lose it while traveling – it’s easy to replace. I needed my tape to measure because all of my granny squares needed to be 12 by 12inches in size.
- You might also want to carry a pen. I like to check off rows as I progress in my pattern and a pen is handy to have.
- Don’t forget to pack travel scissors.
- It’s a good idea to call your airlines before traveling internationally. You might be able to take your project on our flight out easily, but rules might be different for when you are returning home.
by Smitha Katti
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