The thought of travelling without a knitting project is enough to strike fear into my heart. I often wait until the last moment to figure out what I’m going to take with me. Eek!

For an upcoming trip last February, I looked to Ravelry KALs to give me inspiration. If you read my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). So I was delighted to discover they conduct frequent KALs. I found the information on their Ravelry group, but it’s in the membership newsletter as well.

For the February KAL, there were two “prompts”, or guidelines:

1)Eternal love– Return to a favorite by remaking a pattern or using a favorite yarn again.
2)Crush– Throw caution to the wind and impulse knit something you are dying to make.

I chose the second prompt, since I had some Malabrigo Rios handy and was dying to make a project that was simple enough for airplane knitting, yet pretty enough to keep it interesting. The Viriditas shawl by Annie Rowden fit the bill exactly.

The date to cast on was February 1st, with a completion date of February 28th. My goal, however, was to finish the project in time to wear during Stitches West starting on the 23rd.

I did manage to get the shawl knitted and blocked in time to wear it. Whew!


The shawl is an easy knit, and I thought the red and black made for a striking color combination, showing off the sweeping short rows.

I’ll be taking some more long flights soon…I’d better start looking for new projects!