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Planet Purl Newsletter -
January 2011


Join us Wednesday, January 19th
at 8 p.m. (eastern)
for our next
Planet Purl Happy Hour online
gathering. All knitters and crocheters
are welcome! more info

Knitter's Travel Blog: Portland, Maine

Maine Blog Photo Even here in Florida it's coooooold outside and we find nothing warms us up better than a little vicarious yarn shopping. No driving, your shoes stay dry, and you can imbibe in your fave hot beverage at the same time. Join us for a bit of yarn shopping in Portland, Maine. And you think it's cold where you are?

Visit the Travel Blog: Portland, Maine for lots of info, photos and fun!

How is yarn shopping in your town? Create a travel blog and you could win $100 gift certificate to your favorite yarn shop if we feature it in an upcoming newsletter. Learn more

Learn how to say
"do you have yarn made from wool?"
in Italian

We've translated the most common phrases in 19 languages that you'll need when shopping for yarn around the globe.

Just print your free dictionary from Planet Purl and enjoy your trip!

View Travel Guides

Coming up on the Planet Purl Party Line...

Basics of Entrelac Knitting Class FREE ONLINE CLASS:
Basics of Entrelac Knitting
Tuesday, January 18th at 8 p.m. (eastern)

Sign up for the class

CLASS HANDOUT: Universal Entrelac Instructions

FREE PATTERN: Entrelac Lingerie Bag Pattern
Release your inner knitting genius and join Planet Purl's PurlQueen for a live online class in the Basics of Entrelac, and learn how to work this gorgeous directional basketweave technique. You'll be able to amaze your friends who will think you're a genuine knitting genius! Enjoy a free entrelac bag pattern to try your new skills.

TIP: Entrelac uses techniques like pick up and purl, ssk, p2tog, and p1f&b that we may not have time to cover in class. Video tutorials are now available on the site if you need a little pre-class prep session!


Last month you voted for your favorite Planet Purl travel blog and your favorite was our yarn crawl through Newport and Coastal Rhode Island.

Congratulations to Margie S. who has won a copy of Luxe Knits: The Accessories by Laura Zukaite. Congrats, your prize is on the way!

Miss an online class? Full archives are now online for these classes!

Free Online Class: Introduction to Intarsia Knitting Introduction to Intarsia - Learn how to add color to your knitting and to work with multiple color yarns on the same row of your work. Class archive
Free Online Class: Knitting Cables and Twists Knitting Cables and Twists - Learn how to read cable charts and get the basics of knitting cables and twists in this free class.
Class archive
Free Online Class: Basic Lace Knitting Basic Lace Knitting - Learn to read lace knitting charts and get the basics of knitting lace stitches, using lifelines and blocking projects. Class archive

Looking for your next home decor project? Get inspired and vote for your favorite for a chance to win and copy of the new "Knitting Block by Block" by Nicky Epstein

When it's cold and dark outside we need hot cocoa and a huge warm afghan. Well, a tall handsome guy to bring us the cocoa would be nice, but our New Year's Resolution was to try not to be too greedy. No afghan? Poor thing! Here's a selection of some our our fave blankie books to help you out. Vote for your own fave to be entered to win a copy of Nicky Epstein's "Knitting Block by Block."

Knitting at Home
by Ella Rae Designs

Vintage Crochet for the Home
by Coats and Clark

Comfort Knitting and Crochet Afghans
by Norah Gaughan

Cover Up
by Nicky Epstein

Debbie Bliss Home
by Debbie Bliss

Home Knits
by Suss Cousins

100 Afghans to Knit & Crochet
by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

Knitted Homestyle
by Hachette

Airport security travel tips for knitters and crocheters...
Keep your knitting and your cool!

Travel Tips for Knitters Happy New Year knitters and crocheters? One of my resolutions is to travel more. You, too? I wouldn't dream of getting on a plane without my knitting to keep me occupied and calm, and with over 50 flights with my knitting since 9/11, I zip through security without a hitch. Here are my tips for flying the knit-friendly skies.

For domestic US travel, TSA regulations apply. The current regs do not prohibit you from carrying knitting needles, but also give complete discretion to the TSA agents to make a judgement otherwise and ban your needles from being carried on. How to avoid losing your knitting needles? First and foremost, don't carry needles that look like weapons. If it's long and pointy, it looks like a weapon. Leave those stiletto custom needles at home. Go with short circulars in plastic or bamboo, like Denise or Clover. I like the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles for traveling as I always have what I need handy when I find some gorgeous yarn on my trip that I have to knit NOW. The plastic needles are relatively blunt, very short, and less dangerous than a ball-point pen. Also, the cables are thick and flexible and the assembled needles don't look like a garrote.

If you're flying outside the US, don't assume that just because knitting needles are on the allowed list in the US that other countries have to follow TSA rules. The US doesn't quite rule the world, you know! Don't pull an ugly American act and find your self in a foreign jail, for Pete's sake. Check before you go, but always, and I mean ALWAYS go with the idea that there is at least a chance your knitting needles could be banned. The best bet is to be prepared in the event of trouble. Here are a few tips to help you hang onto your knitting (and your temper) when issues arise:
  • Yelling is not going to help, and neither will threatening. In many places, that just gets your knitting confiscated as well as a winning you a trip to the security office and/or jail. You'll lose your knitting and maybe your flying privileges. For a pair of needles? Really?

  • Always carry a few plastic stitch holders, a blunt yarn needle and a length of scrap yarn to be able to move your live stitches to the holders or run a lifeline through them with scrap yarn, creating your own giant stitch holder in case you need to leave your needles behind.

  • Open an account at FedEx and carry a FedEx envelope that you can "bill to sender" if you need to mail your project home from the airport. Most airports have a FedEx box somewhere before security, so you can send your needles home. Many airports have shipping services near security to help people ship items that don't make it through screening.

  • If you have enough time, you can go back to the ticket counter, have the airline pull your bags, and put your knitting in your checked luggage. Save time here by carrying a pop-up zipper tote in your carry on and removing it, packing your knitting and checking it as an additional piece of luggage.

  • Really worried? Check your knitting with your luggage and bring a book to read.
Happy knitting (and traveling)!
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Embroidered Throw
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Cable Knit Throw
by Red Heart


Retro Knitted Throw
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"Alexi" Throw
by Berroco


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