On the needles: Lady Fern using shibui linen.
I'm far enough along on it to now be familiar with the pattern (although it changes twice before it ends) and to determine a) it will take a while to finish and b) it will fit in the carryon bag. (I once traveled with a huge lopi winter sweater in progress. Note, I said 'once'...was THAT ever a mistake!!!)
My travel book is Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I know nothing about it other than it got good reviews. (And it fits in the carryon.) I still haven't finished Paris: the novel but it's a huge honkin' 832 pages and I'm not toting that one anywhere.
Phew. The important stuff is taken care of.