A soft little bag to hold my knitting while flying...

I've been mentally packing for a few flights I'll be taking in a few weeks and the one thing that must go with me is my knitting.  I hate sitting on planes with nothing to do. Reading is fine but I like to look around and keep my mind on the flight not some good book  (I'm odd like that).
My thought went to a soft bag of sorts to carry my knitting and the ease of just stuffing it in my carry on when I need to. So I dug in my fabric box and found this piece that has been in there for quite some time.  Appropriate enough it's design is about sewing.

I simply cut a rectangle and sewed the sides together.

Then sewed  a band around the top, added a button hole on each side of the band for the draw string.

Why buy some expensive braided rope when I have so many different yarns to choose from.  I simply measured out a length and used six strands to give it some strength.

 Don't laugh but I was being lazy and did not want to get up and hook the end of the yarn to something while I braided it into a rope, so please excuse my foot,  I used my toes.

 Then hooking the new braid to a safety pin, I ran it through the band I created on top.  Worked perfectly!

 There, that was easy and only took about a half hour to make.

 It's so soft and shoves easily into my carry on.

 Now thinking about the security... a few months ago I flew and brought my crochet, that was a hook. I'm wondering if they will let me on with knitting needles?  The one I'm using is in the round, not two long needles.  Hopefully they will not take it from me?  How upset I was when they took my favorite pair of sewing scissors.  They were all of 2 1/2 in long but they took them away from me anyway.  I could have done more damage with my pen?
Has anyone flown lately and brought their knitting needles into the cabin? If anyone has the answer please let me know... TY

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Charlotte said...

I was wondering about the security also. I crocheted on a six-hour train trip years ago.
P.S. You have beautiful toes! I have seen some that are stubby and ugly!
P.S.S. No, I don't have a foot fetish! :-)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Sandy~ I was wondering about the security issue too. You should be able to look it up somewhere. My brother just flew back from Tampa a little over a week ago...and forgot to put his leatherman tool in his bag that he checked. He went to the UPS store to have it shipped back home... he got back to Dallas before it did.
TRUE story...when he went to the counter at the UPS; he told the guy he'd like to have it shipped. They asked "Where to?" He told them "The other side of security, Terminal 'F'." With a very dry candor. My brother has a funny sense of humor. I tell you. They all laughed and then boxed it up for him to send back to Greenville!

Anyway...I carry my crocheting with me to the V.A. Hosp. for The Honey's appt's and they have signs all over the place about pocket knives and guns, etc. I never thought about my crochet hook becoming a weapon. But, I guess that could be bad.
No one has ever said anything to me about it.
I'd check the airlines. Also... I love your bag! If nothing else... you could check it at the last minute? and at least have it while your away on the trip.

Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

I thought about security also as I was reading your post. I looked it up and found:

So it looked like it should be fine. But I'd check with the airline you are taking just to be sure.

Your bag you made is adorable. :)

Pondside said...

I've seen women knitting on planes, but I think that it really depends on the mood of the security people. You'd think that circular needles would be fine.

Pondside said...

Hi again, Sandy - I just went to the TSA website and this is what I got when I typed in the question
Search Results For:
circular knitting needles and wool

Check or Carry-on
In general, you may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage.
Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage.

Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane."
Here's the website

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Hi Sandy: I haven't flown in so long I haven't a clue about metal items on flights, but I do wish you well and safe journeys! You're definitely going to have cute journeys with that tote--I love the fabric you selected--it's perfect! Take care, and thank you for stopping by my blog today for a visit--I appreciate it !

Susan said...

Clever idea! Good luck getting through security and have a good trip.