If you've read my blog for a while or follow me on social media you're probably already aware that I knit almost everywhere. I knit on public transport, in the car (when I'm not driving), in the cinema, on the beach in Spain in 35+ degrees Celsius and even in church. I couldn't even think about not taking my knitting on holiday with me.
My favourite beach knitting is socks. Most sock yarns are machine washable so if you get sand in your socks you can wash them or at least rinse them before you wear them, and they're small. No heavy knitting in your lap. I have gotten a few funny looks when knitting on the beach and on several occasions I've had Spanish ladies stop and talk to me in Spanish (which I don't speak). I usually just hand them my knitting. They look at it, talk among themselves, laugh and smile at me and walk on. They probably think I'm crazy knitting woolly socks in the heat of the Spanish summer.
If you're driving on holiday and luggage space isn't an issue, then taking a big sweater to knit on may not be a problem but if you're flying you will be restricted by the amount of luggage you're taking. Many people fly with just their hand-luggage these days and they're worried about whether or not they'll be allowed to take their knitting on board the plane.
First let's talk about what type of projects are best for holidays and then we'll talk about knitting and planes.
My favourite projects to take, apart from socks, are small shawls knitted in sock yarn or shawls knitted in lace weight yarn. If you take a shawl knitted out of 100g/800m+ of lace weight yarn, that'll be enough knitting for most people for two weeks (or more). It's also very light and small. You can pop it into a small project bag and it won't add much bulk to your luggage.
If you don't want a big lace shawl why not choose a small one like Iris? Iris is knitted out of 50g/400m lace weight yarn. There's a lot of easy stocking stitch which is perfect for plane/car/train knitting and then some easy lace at the end.
Or if you want something a bit more mindless, choose a garter stitch shawl like Caprice. I've knitted two versions of Caprice, one in two skeins of sock yarn and one in two skeins of heavy lace weight (Schoppel 6 Karat which has 600m per 100g skein).
But what about taking your knitting on the plane? I've flown with my knitting for the last 10 years and have never had a problem. I've been stopped in security and had my bag checked twice when I had two and three sock projects on metal double pointed needles in my hand-luggage and the security officer was hardly interested in them at all. One officer started talking to me about his mother in law teaching the staff in her nursing home to knit.
According to the UK Government website you are now allowed to take knitting needles on board flights flying out of the UK but I have heard of people having them confiscated and a friend recently called one airline, Flybe, and was told she wasn't allowed to take any knitting needles on board. Small scissors are allowed too.