It's definitely a good day to stay inside, with the fireplace going...a pot of stew on the stove...a cup of tea by my chair...and needles clicking in my hands. I love a snow day...even if it's not as pretty as the last one was.
I'm still working on the Entwined Shawl for N/M/E with the Water Hyacynth rayon yarn. I don't like working with this (beautifully colored) stuff, as it splits and sticks to my bamboo needles...but slides completely off my (metal) Addi Turbos. I've knitted the back to the front; divided for the neck; and finished one side of "fingers" that will create the basketweave "entwine" pattern on the front. Sigh.
I worked on my Woven Scarf a little more during a recent episode of Top Gear (I am definitely not a gear-head, and I still love that show...:), but have to pay too much attention to the pattern stitches to enjoy knitting while watching TV. It requires slips and wraps and passing slipped stitches over on the right side; then, purling twice into P2tog stitches on the wrong side. Double sigh.
Thought I'd take a break from both of these UFO's by starting yet another project: two socks on two circs. I'll tell you more about this UFO soon. Just know...the yarn is from New Zealand, and contains 10% possum-fur (hair?)...!
I've got my yarn ready and swatched for my upcoming Ravelympics2010 entry. I plan on knitting a sweater with Plymouth's Baby Grande Alpaca in a blue heather colorway. I think I'm going to use a Vogue Knitting pattern that combines a simple Stockinette stitch for the body of the sweater (which is knit with a bulky-weight yarn for speed) with a lovely Fair Isle collar (which will provide the Wow! factor). I originally had thought I'd do a vest, but then found this pattern that really spoke to me. We'll see. I have to make up mind soon, as I have to cast on my project during the Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver, which will be 9:00 p.m. EST on February 12. Stay tuned...
Meanwhile, time to mind my knitting. And, maybe to make some chocolate chip cookies to go along with that cup of tea, hmmmmm?
*Borrowed that phrase from an episode of NCIS.*