MY HUSBAND AND I have traveled to Mexico at the beginning of December each year since 2004. Our first trip was for the wedding of our son and daughter-in-law at the Iberostar Tucan, an all-inclusive resort on the Mayan Riviera. Since then, we have stayed at the Tucan’s “sister” hotel, the Iberostar Quetzal. It’s a jungle paradise and we love it there.

This year, we left on November 30 and flew from Providence, RI, to Philadelphia, where we changed planes for Cancun. I don’t look forward to the travel day, but I get around that by starting a new crochet project at the beginning of the trip. I loaded my Mexican-themed KOALA Caddie with the pattern and makings of a pale yellow fisherman crochet baby wrap, a gift for a new arrival to the family, he or she expected in mid-January.

Everything went smoothly at check-in and security. I worked on my swatch for gauge and by the time we boarded the plane, I was ready to start my foundation chain. Our stay in Mexico was wonderful. We had about 5 minutes of rain during the two weeks. The daytime temperatures were in the high-70s and low 80s, and the evenings in the low 70s. With sunshine, great food, a beautiful beach, and wonderful service from the dearest people in the world, there was everything to love.

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We left the resort for the Cancun airport on December 13. When we went through the security checkpoint, a young man asked who owned the big orange beach bag. Yes, it was me. As I joined him he said: Senora, we do not allow needles. I dug out my Caddie stored in the bag and I showed him my project and hooks. Well, they do not allow hooks either.  I had 6 or 7 aluminum hooks, and 4 wooden handled ones. There was no choice. I bid them goodbye and wished them well in their new lives in Mexico.

So, no crocheting on the trip home. I should have been wiser and checked into the security regulations on leaving Cancun.  As for my hooks, I heard a saying once that I repeat often: If your horse is dead, dismount.

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I am sharing this little tale in the hope that another needlecrafter will be spared losing their needles or hooks. As a crocheter, it was a simple matter, but for a knitter with a complex project underway on who knows how many needles? … well, I cringe to think of it.

The traveling baby wrap is almost finished.  I will post it on Ravelry along with the information about checking airport security regulations regarding knitting needles and crochet hooks on each leg of a trip. What you might be able to carry in, you might not be able to carry out!

All is well ~ Mary

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