Knitting on airplanes

I’ve enjoyed knitting on airplanes for four years with no problems. I received a stern look from a flight attendant only once while knitting in an exit row. She asked for my verbal agreement that I was willing to open the emergency door. I replied, “Yes, as soon as I knit to the end of the row!” I learned not to joke about emergency procedures!  I carry two knitting projects with me. One project is easy so that I can put it away quickly without concern for picking it up again. The other is more difficult for knitting in airports. Both projects are on circular needles with 2-3 rows knitted. I put each in a clear, zippered plastic bag along with a copy of the pattern directions. The only tool I carry on board is a crochet hook. The rest of the yarn and tools are packed in my checked luggage. 

knitting plane airport roller backpack                                                                                                                            With the plastic bags in the outside pocket of my roller backpack, it’s easy to take a project out. With the yarn in the pocket, I can knit sitting or standing. 

cup wrap coffee tea Thinsulate insulation beer                                                                                                          After buckling in, I’m very careful not to bother my seat mates. I choose small projects, knit scarves lengthwise, and use no more than two different yarns. I use circular needles because it's very difficult trying to find a single needle dropped on a plane floor while not elbowing your seatmate! 

I put my knitting and water bottle with a Kup Kollar (cup sleeve) on it in the seat pocket. 

As a side note, I’m wearing one of my pairs of Skechers shoes because they’re very comfortable and stylish. I have walked many miles in my Skechers after reaching my destination!

Photobucket                                                                                                                                                        I stopped knitting to play with my new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 camera.

Photobucket                                                                                                                          This photo reminds me of a conversation with a 2 year old on a previous flight. The toddler told me he could see a big plane outside his window. I was really hoping he couldn’t! Excitedly, he pointed out his window at the wing of our plane saying, “See! See the big plane!”