Okay, so the title was a bit sensationalized. But I did manage to get my knitting needles onto the airplane. The katia yarn that I picked knits up really nicely. The washcloth is actually pretty soft. Here's a pic of it.
I'd forgotten how quickly little stuff like that knits up! It's really nice and gratifying to finish a project. Oh, and I know what you mean about the dye from the yarn staining bamboo needles. The size 7 bamboo circulars that I used to make the washcloth are tinted this aqua colour from a sweater that I'm still in the middle of making.