Airport CrochetBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 17 Comments
Travel has been on my mind lately as it’s the summer up here in the Northern hemisphere and I have personally had occasion to board a flight or two recently. For me it is second nature to take crochet virtually everywhere I go, but I think it’s worth it to outline a few basic points about airport crochet. Crochet is an ideal craft to take with you while traveling by air. Nowadays it is pretty easy to pack and get the basic tools through security. While traveling in the airport and on the plane, crochet provides a welcome sense of relaxation while productively passing the time.
Whether you are a nervous traveler or a seasoned pro, crochet is a great thing to take with you on your next trip. When I go on a basic 4-5 day vacation, I simply pack the following items in order to make sure I have crochet options while in the airport and also on the plane. For hooks, I like to bring my set of Clover hooks, which comes in a really cute holder that looks like a wallet. In fact, I never leave home without them! Inside of the hook wallet there is a place for a small ruler, yarn needle, and small scissors. While TSA allows for small scissors to come on board airplanes nowadays, I don’t chance it. I’ve found that nail clippers do the same work and I’ve never had a pair taken by the powers that be.
Next I’ll just choose a ball or two of yarn that strikes my fancy. This is a lot of fun because I can be creative and just randomly choose any yarn I’ve been meaning to try, or a few coordinating skeins of some yarns that could be combined in various ways. Since I have a variety of hooks in my case, I don’t have to worry about matching yarn and hook before I leave. Finally, I’ll take a pattern. These days with tablets and smartphones it’s pretty easy to access the internet, our Ravelry queues, or even Crochet Spot! But remember that since you may want to make progress while you’re up in the air, you might like to download the pattern PDFs to your device. Don’t forget that good ol’ paper still works! If you are treating yourself to a magazine for the journey, why not make it a crochet magazine? Personally, PDF patterns on my tablet has been working great!
Once you have your items selected, just stash them in your carry-on or personal item. I always put my crochet hook wallet in a tray and let it go through the machine at TSA because I don’t want to have to wait longer and have them search my bags. I have encountered that while traveling internationally around 2008 and it’s just a time suck. That is time you could be spending crocheting!
Once you’re through security and on the plane, your project provides a focal point for relaxation and being productive. If there are flight delays, at least you’ve got your crochet. Yes, I know that people have smartphones, but crochet never runs out of batteries! While on the plane, crochet is fantastic because you’ll minimize the chance of bumping into your neighbors as you’ll only be working the hook with one arm. Another nice thing is something we all run into: crochet is a great conversation starter. It’s fun to make friends while traveling and it may only take seeing you engaged in your project to break the ice. All in all, it’s the perfect in-air companion.
So what about you? Have you ever tried airport crochet? Do you have any travel tips for your fellow Crochet Spotters? Please feel free to leave questions, comments, and tips in the space provided below!