I'm traveling to Australia for 3 weeks. (I hear a lot of conflicting stories on whether or not I can take my knitting on the plane to Australia. I'm flying a US carrier so the flight there should be no problem. Its coming home that will be interesting. According to the Australian Governments site, Travel Security Site, knitting needles crochet hooks are no longer banned as of December 25, 2009 and they are not listed on the current Prohibited Items List page. My concern is that many of the stories of prohibition are more recent than 2009.
To deal with the possible confiscation of my needles, I'm not taking my favorite Hiya Hiya Sharps on the trip. Instead, I'm taking my Knitters Pride Wood interchangables. This way, if my needles are confiscated, I only need to unscrew the tips and off I go. While I'm not fond of the cords or of wood needles in general, the tips on these needles are sharp and that is my overriding concern when knitting because I am a tight knitter.
Now, I've decided what needles to take, I need to decide what patterns to take. The first need is easy. I'll take some yarn for simple socks and simple mitts. These patterns are mostly in my head. All I need is a simple table and the ability to count rows. I usually carry knitting like this wherever I go anyway. This knitting won't be for the plane, but will be with me once I'm there. Again, I'll use my knitters pride wood circulars just in case.
Now I need to figure out a second pattern that uses a larger needle for backup plane knitting. I thought a simple lace pattern would be nice, so I started looking at Japanese Waves Rectangled Shawl. After looking at the pattern directions, I decided it required too much "figuring out" to get started. Once started, the pattern is easy enough but the directions are bit vague. The next shawl I looked at was Zephyr Cove. This one has way too much garter for what I need for this trip. I then took a look at Iron Maiden. Again, not too difficult, but there was too much pattern interpretation for a backup project. Finally I settled on Sweet Jazz. The shawl is long and thin the way I like them.
Too much yarn? I think so, but I'm taking it anyway.
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