2. Project Spectrum has now shifted from the element of Fire to that of Earth, featuring greens, browns, and metallics. Well, I'd say this next project definitely qualifies:This is the beginning of a lace scarf I'm making in Handmaiden Seasilk -- I have no idea what they call this colourway (does anyone else find it a tiny bit annoying that Handmaiden doesn't put colours on their skein-tags? 'course we'll forgive them almost anything as long as they keep making such beautiful yarns.), but I love it. We have dirt roads on our island that occasionally get a top dressing of gravel as pothole filler, and as I'm walking or running along them, I often think how beautiful is the subtle mixture of colours underfoot, where you'd not really think to look for beauty. This skein (I have two on my Mission Possible list) seems to have captured those colours precisely.
Now that the fingerless mitts are done, this will probably become my commuting project. Right now, I've got it beside the computer and I knit a row here and there as I wait for pages to load or as I read through my blogroll. The pattern is a simple 2-row repeat, with the chevrons being formed on one over 11 stitches (8 repeats), and the other a straight knit. I'm working with Addi Lace needles (love those points!) in a 3.75mm. I'm liking the results much better than my earlier essay with this yarn -- that time, I got 8 or 10 inches done in a tumbling blocks stitch pattern that was way too busy for the variegation.
3. I'm about four inches from completing the sleeves (I've got both on the needles at once) for the Dollar and a Half cardigan (link has all my posts mentioning this project; scroll down for pics). Lynnette, at my fabulous LYS, Mad About Ewe in Nanaimo, phoned around to other BC stores last week and found me another skein, thank goodness, 'cause I was getting a bit panicky. I went into the shop this week and got her to supervise me trying out a 3-needle bindoff on the shoulders, first time, and I wonder why I haven't been using this technique forever -- simple and invisible! I'm going to go back in when I'm ready to do the seaming to get some guidance as I perfect my mattress stitch.
4. I cast on for the Indigo Ripples skirt from IK and finished the waistband eyelet section. I'm using the Rowan denim cotton in a dark denim. So far, other than the denim staining my fingers, I'm finding the cotton surprisingly comfortable to work with, although there's a slight tendency to splittiness (many fine strands plied together for this yarn). The photo below is borrowed from the IK website, and I know one is always wise to expect a discrepancy between the modeled and the finished version, but I've seen so many on-line versions, both on Ravelry (only accessible to Ravelry members, sorry) and on the KAL, that I'm anticipating success with this baby!
So you can see why I chuckled at my physio's question. Oh, I have a project. Or two, or three, or . . .