Are crochet hooks allowed on planes and how to practice mindful crocheting?

Now that the population is getting vaccinated and people are starting to travel via airplanes again, it is time to address the question that is on everyone’s mind: are crochet hooks allowed on airplanes?

According to the TSA, crochet hooks are allowed both on carry on and checked bags!  While it says that right on the website, I have had many of my hooks confiscated at security 🙁 . However it does state that “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

I have also read that bamboo or plastic hooks are more likely to be allowed to go in your carry-on bags than metal hooks. Consider leaving your favorite hooks at home or packing them in your suitcase instead.

The scissors that you carry should be smaller than 4 inches long and you can buy specific folding TSA approved scissors. I usually take kindergarten scissors or even a baby nail cutter to cut my yarn, just to be safe

When packing your crochet bags, consider placing all the hooks, tapestry needle (plastic) and the safety scissors all in one pencil case bag. You can place the pencil case together with your yarn in a gallon plastic bag for easy access for customs and during the flight.

I love to crochet on planes.  I can keep myself busy making my crochet items while watching movies or reading.

The reason I like to crochet on planes is because I hate flying and it makes me very anxious.  The repetitive nature of counting stitches and feeling the soft yarn in my hands helps me relax. This is known as mindful crocheting.

What is mindful crocheting?

Mindfulness is the act of being present in the moment in a non-judgmental manner.

When practicing mindfulness during crocheting, make sure that you do the following:

use a yarn and hook that are easy to use.  Avoid using tangled yarn that is going to make you more frustrated than relaxed.

Use simple patterns that don’t require a lot of thought.

When you crochet, think of the movement you are making with your wrist, how you are holding the hook, the feel of the yarn in your hands.

Count your stitches.  Counting has a very calming effect and helps you keep focused on the task at hand. If you feel that your thoughts are veering, bring your thoughts back to crochet by returning to the count.

So, if you are as anxious as I am while flying in the plane, consider taking some yarn and crochet hook on the plane.

So, there you go. Let us know in the comments below what your experience has been on taking crochet hooks on planes.

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