School's out and summer is kicking into high gear. And all this warm weather and sunshine has got me thinking about... well, knitting! I know, I know, it seems like serious knitting can happen only in front of a warm fireplace with the wind howling outside your window, but I actually look forward to kicking back on the deck with a tall, cold glass of iced tea and a summer knitting project. Maybe something in a nice lightweight cotton...
But summertime is also all about travel. Family vacations, college reunions and just-to-get-away getaways have all of us on the go these days. And for those of you taking off into the wild blue yonder, you may be wondering just what are the rules when it comes to knitting and flying these days? I mean the great thing about knitting is being able to take it anywhere, right?
So, here's the skinny: according to the transportation security administration's permitted and prohibited items list, knitting needles and crochet hooks ARE permissable as EITHER carry-on or checked items! This is FABULOUS news, I know, but if you're like me, you may still wonder whether that truly means that travel through the security checkpoint will be smooth sailing. The left hand doesn't always know what the right hand says you can fly with, if you know what I mean... So, here are a few ideas that may make things easier for everyone involved:
2.) Be practical when deciding what to bring along. Although I, personally, have not had problems flying with metal needles (I scarcely know what to do without my Addi turbos...) you may opt for wooden needles instead of metal. Also, as you can see from the TSA's list, metal scissors with pointed tips are NOT permitted as carry-on items, so check those or leave them at home (the same goes for swords and spear guns, just so you know...). However, if you're really worried about trimming loose ends, I would point out that nail clippers now are allowed and easily double for scissors in a pinch.
3.) Bring along a pre-paid self-addressed mailer that, as a last resort, you can use to mail your needles home. It's easy to say that you could run it back out to the car, but let's face it, you're probably late already and don't have time to run back to the car (it's not like they let you park anywhere near the airport...), and anyway that's hardly an option if you're trying to get home. If you've got your envelope, you can be stuffing, sealing, mailing, glaring at the well-intentioned-but-hopeless security officer, and on your way in no time.
The main thing to remember is that vacations are supposed to be relaxing, and although getting from point A to point B may not always be as painless as we hope, the better prepared and the more flexible we can be the happier we will be. So, Happy Travels!
Running out of project ideas? Announcing Jimmy Beans' Kit of the Month! Every month we will feature a new yarn + pattern combination at a special kit-of-the-month discount... 20% off when you purchase the kit!
This month's featured kit is a
'Lace Leaf Top'
Party, a silky-soft ribbon yarn from Crystal Palace Yarns
This kit will be available at 20% off through the end of the month (sale ends July 31, 2005). Time is running out on this kit, but have no fear! August's Kit of the Month will be something special, too. Featured yarn for August:
THIS JUST IN...
Now in stock: popular yarns from Muench and Trendsetter!!
We have just received some big shipments of some of your favorite yarns!
Touch Me - a heavy-worsted/bulky weight yarn, viscose & wool chenille-esque yarn available in a rainbow of beautiful colors combinations - This is one of our best sellers!! And, I'll tell you what, they call it 'Touch Me' for a reason. This is one of the most velvety soft, luxurious yarns that I have ever felt. We have customers who have waited months for the arrival of this yarn. With this recent shipment, we have (almost) every color in stock. So, order now and stock up!!
**It's not too early to start thinking about your holiday knitting! These yarns are great for adding that extra special touch to simple scarves and hats...**
DISCONTINUED YARNS ON SALE!!
We have more discontinued yarns! From Bouton d'Or, Anny Blatt, Filatura di Crosa, Rowan... These are yarns have recently been discontinued, so we're dropping our prices! Because these yarns are discontinued, we're limited to stock on hand and once they're gone, they're gone. Remember, no returns or exchanges on our sale yarns, but you can't beat the prices!
is a super-bulky wool/mohair blend... use 1 for a hat or 2 for a scarf. On sale now for $12.95 per ball (reg $15.95).
Also, check out
Dandy from Bouton d'Or.
Dandy is a bulky-weight wool/silk blend available in 9 rich colors... great for Men's items. Sale price is $12.50 per ball (reg $13.50).
Newly discontinued yarns from Filatura di Crosa include
. Sale prices are $9.50 per ball for Hopla (reg $10.50) and $10.50 per ball for Luce (reg $12.50). Quantities are limited!!
And don't forget...
DK are available for a limited time at blow-out overstock prices, just $8.95 per hank for Rowanspun chunky and $4.95 per hank for Rowanspun DK. Stock up now!!
Rowanspun is also available in
4-ply, still on sale for 30% off MSRP!
Jaeger discontinued yarns: Cashair, a super soft lightweight cashmere blended with merino wool,
Chamonix, a merino wool blended with angora with just a hint of polyamide, and
Luxury Tweed, a blend of merino wool and alpaca available in 16 fabulous tweedy colors.
All are available at fabulous discount prices!!
Gedifra's summer-weight yarn, Mauritius.
A cotton tape with thick eyelash strands available in 5 delightful colors.
Normally $12.95, now on sale for $9.75
Modena... we've purchased all that they have left, so get 'em while you can!
Knitting 101 classes are going on now in the Reno store!
Elizabeth Grzymski is teaching her final four-week series of Knitting 101!! Knitting 101, which is designed to take the beginning knitter through the basics: cast on, knit & purl stitches, bind off, increasing & decreasing, sweater assembly.... everything you need to know to follow simple sweater pattern!
This class is perfect for the beginner knitter or for those of you that are ready to try your first larger project.
So, if you're tiring of knitting scarf after scarf and looking to try something new, Knitting 101 is for you!
Daytime and evening classes available:
Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, July 20-August 10
Thurday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, July 21-August 11
Thurday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm, July 21-August 11
Friday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm, July 22-August 12
Classes are $60 for the four-week series, and we ask for a 50%
($30) non-refundable deposit to reserve your space.
Call 775-827-YARN (775-827-9276)for more information or stop by the Reno store to reserve your space today.
As always space is limited!
Can't make this class series? Don't despair, there will be more classes beginning just after Labor Day... watch this space for details as to dates and times!!
Drop-ins welcome! Need just a little extra help with your project? Looking to brush up on some of the basics?
Elizabeth is happy to accommodate drop-in students during any regularly scheduled class. $20 drop-in fee applies.
Coming soon:Fequent Buyer Discounts! The Frequent Buyer Discount will be linked to your user account... Buy more and SAVE!
Still haven't set up your user account? Visit our store, or click
here to do it now!
Knitters' Retreat Re-scheduled!! In an effort to keep the costs down for all you budget-conscious knitters (more $$ to spend on yarn :), we have decided to reschedule the Knitters' Retreat for late spring of 2006. Jimmy's Knitters' Retreat will be held at the Granlibakken Conference Center and Resort in Tahoe City, California, exact dates yet to be determined.
We'll have Trunk Shows from Anny Blatt, Knitting Pure & Simple, and more...
We're still in the early planning stages, but watch this space for details...
Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!
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