Friday, October 05, 2007
The Shawl So Far
It's far from perfect, especially since Bali insists on helping by pouncing on the moving needles, but it's a lot better than Ugly Garish Object, and that was only a few days ago. I'm getting more comfortable working with the yarn, although I can certainly see why other people find it problematic. So I'm feeling heartened: progress is being made.
Special thanks to Berni and Equaelegit, who left reassuring comments about Lion brand yarn on my last post, and to Inez for the knitting links.
Okay, knitting gurus, here's a question for you: Next weekend, I'm flying down to Vegas as a delegate to our diocesan convention, where we'll be electing a new bishop. I'd like to bring the knitting with me. The TSA website says that knitting needles are allowed in carry-on baggage -- the only kind I'll have, since I'm not going to check a suitcase for a mere three-day trip -- but that there's still "a possibility" that the needles might be perceived as weapons by TSA inspectors, who'll then seize them. The site recommends carrying a crochet hook with yarn to save work, and a self-addressed stamped envelope so you can mail your needles back to yourself instead of losing them.
A friend at church told me a horror story about a grandmother with circular needles having her knitting seized as a possible terrorist weapon. Does anyone know how common this kind of thing is? Has anyone flown with knitting? Do you have any tips to minimize the chances that the good TSA officers will decide that I'm a dangerous person likely to try to poke crazed holes in crew, other passengers or the plane itself with my knitting needles?