After finishing my Stripe Study, I decided I would keep my shawl kick going by casting on a Traveling Woman shawl. I can't tell you how long it has been lurking in my queue--ages probably. It is one of those patterns that has always escaped me, no matter how hard I've tried or no matter how many times I think I've found a good pairing with a particular yarn. The yarn I am using, Blue Sky Alpacas Silk & Alpaca, was a gift from Phillip well before he was my Phillip. It was purchased spur of the moment during a trip to my LYS and it has sat dutifully in my stash just waiting. When I thought about making the shawl, my first instinct was to use vacation yarn--only seems to make sense, being the traveling shawl after all. Then I realized maybe it wasn't about vacation yarn, or a quick week long trip, but this yarn (and pattern) has traveled with us through our dating, through our wedding and now through the (almost) first two years of our marriage. (It is likely, can't remember, that I bought it during my very first trip to a good yarn store, too.) This yarn and this pattern have become a symbol for all that life has thrown at us, and is just another reminder of how important knitting and our relationship is to me.