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Happy Thursday! I have some exciting news – this weekend I booked my flight to Russia! Can’t believe it’s been two years already since I last visited my family and I cannot wait to see everybody in 3 months! I will also be happy to take you along my favorite places and maybe some yarn shopping.

And of course I immediately started thinking about travel knitting. Though I am flying in summer, you can never trust Russian weather, so knitwear is a must! I am thinking of making a light loose sweater to travel in – I definitely need a touch of coziness for over 30 hours of travel. If you remember I finished a Gallery Sweater a couple of years ago, where I mixed Knit Picks baby alpaca/silk and merino to get enough yardage to make the sweater. I have more of these skeins in different shades and thought why not to repeat the experiment, changing the shaping a little bit. It will also give me excuse to clean the dust off my poor abandoned knitting machine – I wish I had more time to work on it regularly!!

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Another project I am thinking to take with me is my The Edge sweater, but in classic grey shade! As I told you before, after finishing this design, I knew someday I will cast in on in grey too, I am just so curious to see how it will turn out in this neutral shade! Plus, I am so craving to come back to its squishy 3D cabling!

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I wish I could take the needles in my carry on, but with all these new flight rules, I wouldn’t risk my favorite ADDI clicks. What about you? Do you associate travelling and knitting in some way?


By | 2018-04-19T08:33:57+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments


  1. Melissa April 19, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Always! And I agree with you about not risking the Addis!! Wooden needles work well–I bring my bamboo Addis and they seem to fit right into my pencils and pens without much fuss at the airport. Wishing you some fun knitting time before and during your trip! Enjoy seeing your family 🙂 ~Melissa

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Melissa! Yes, wooden needles is a great solution, though I don’t have that many of them..

  2. Barbara Zeier April 19, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Have a wonderful trip home! I know your Granny will be so glad to see you as well as all your other family. I look forward to seeing Russia thru your eyes. Happy travels!

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara! Can’t wait to see all my dear family and walk in my favorite cities!

  3. Elizabeth Payne April 19, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Check with the airline and the TSA regarding knitting needle rules. At least flying domestically, I have not had any problems, nor have I heard of any from knitting bloggers that travel internationally. Might be a question worth posing to Franklin Habit as he travels to Europe frequently.

    I agree, I would take wooden needles on a flight rather than metal. The finish on wooden needles and their points are superior.

    Have a great time planning! Planning travel knitting is the most important planning of any trip!

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I am flying with three different companies, so I am afraid each of them will have their own list of rules 🙂 So, I guess I better pack my WIPs in the luggage and grab my kindle to catch on on my reading 🙂

  4. Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    This is very exciting indeed. Although it breaks my heart that you are prohibited from knitting on the plane (I believe we discussed this a couple years ago when you last traveled home…because we have been doing this blog comment thing together for That Long…)

    Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! So excited to go to Russia again, though it is a pretty exhausting trip 🙂

  5. kaydeerouge April 20, 2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

    so very excited to hear from you, Alina, that you are going home for a visit! And my first thought with any big travel plans too is knitting – the rest of the world (non-knitters) must think us mad 🙂 Knitting needles on flights are a problem, aren’t they? Every airline has its own rules. The only thing I’d stick to is not to take precious needles, so that if they are confiscated, you don’t mind too much ….

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Katherine! I think I am not going to risk it and pack everything in the luggage, if they ask me to give up my needles, I would also have to take my knitting off them and the stitches might slip off and it will be just too messy 🙂 I guess I will survive two days without yarn in my hands 🙂

  6. karen April 20, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I am so excited for you!!!! Two years is a long time for me so I can only imagine. I hope your trip is safe and uneventful and you have fun being back there.

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! It is sad to be so far away from my family. I wish I could go every year, but it just takes so much time that it is physically impossible to make it happen.

  7. Zeta April 21, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Has it been two years already?! Oh my!
    For sure I would have the same thought:what to knit and will I lose my needles. I keep my knitting in the luggage for drop off and bring my crochet on the flight with me.
    The Edge Sweater on grey will be amazing (safe choice for you 😉)

    • Alina April 23, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      I know, it seems like only a couple of months ago I came back from my trip. It is scary how time flies. Yes, crochet is much more convenient to control 🙂 I will see what I am packing for my carrying on, as I really want to travel light – I have awfully long breaks between each flight.

  8. Susanne April 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    How exciting! I can’t wait to hear about your trip 🙂 Up until now, I’ve never had any problems with taking my knitting needles with me in my carry on (and that includes travel to New Zealand, Nepal, Southeast Asia). Next week, I’ll be traveling to the UK with Air Transat and am definitely planning on taking a pair of knitting needles with me for the plane ride! Safe travels!

  9. Julie Crawford April 29, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I love travel knitting! I usually take two projects with me- one that is mindless so I can work on that one when I want to look around or have a conversation, and another that is more involved, so during the dead times (like airports), I can work on something a little more engaging. Your trip to Russia is going to be amazing!

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