Monday, December 31, 2007

Surprisingly, I've found time to knit almost every night this week! It makes for some impressive progress to round out the year.

First, another chemo hat for my friend Amy. She's been on my mind, although I have not seen her since school vacation began. It's a deep cranberry red, perfect for the holidays. Too bad I didn't finish it for the holidays. But perfect for Valentines Day just the same, right?

A few more feet on the BCBG knockoff. That's an armhole there, breaking up the 5 feet of cable. I'm at armhole #2, but haven't committed to how wide my back is yet. Will do so after I post this!

A new project just begun. Marley - out of log cabin blanket leftovers.

As for cocktails, tonight we're entertaining. I'm doing booze with the appetizers and in the dessert. The appetizer is a champagne cocktail.

Cassis liqueur in the bottom of the glass, and a mint leaf on top. Pretty. Very festive!

The dessert is a Southern Comfort Cake with a sugary burbony glaze and powdered sugar on top. Served warm with vanilla ice cream. The cake is a total 70s throwback - it's made with both yellow cake mix and pudding mix! And of course, lots of Southern Comfort.

No pics, since they're not prepared yet. If I want to risk ridicule later on tonight, maybe I'll whip out the digital camera in front of the guests. We'll see. Depends on how many of the champagne cocktails I've had, doesn't it?

happy new year to you all!
Am planning to knit out of the stash in 2008 - wanna guess how that's gonna go?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Distracted by the thousands of cable patterns out there, and my questionable success designing a few hats, I've wasted a week or so re-inventing the wheel.
Then I went back to the photo of original that made me decide to copy this whole wrap/sweater, and decided to go closer to BCBG's idea. I did change it, but it's still simple and maybe going to get a little boring. But looked good enough in Lord and Taylor so it should be good enough for me. Besides, with one big cable and two braids, it's easy TV knitting - so it may even get done before spring.
I'm at about 20" today (this pic is NOT today.) I need 36" before I get to the first sleeve, another 12" across the back and then 36" again. Craig's out, so maybe there's a really good chick flick on tonight?
In other news, a second Tree Jacket's worth of cream Cascade's been bought, the gorgeous Chicabean is moving slowly along, and a third chemo cap in underway. I also have a sock in deep 2nd sock syndrome, and I'm ignoring it as best I can.
I'm also wearing my Tilted Duster everywhere I go.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Honestly, I just like the name. No idea why it's called Chicabean, but it is.
I'm knitting it out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - I've got 4 skeins, but this little sample is all I'm getting out of skein 1, so I may be needing 5. Another dark pumpkiny project, but I promise the next one will be a whole new color family. The pattern's fun - takes a little thought, so I'm keeping the printout nearby and working on it after hours.

I'll keep this post short - judging by my last post, it's looking like I'm talking to myself anyhow -- Guess all you goyishe folks are off celebrating. Me, we're off for some Chinese Food and a movie tomorrow. A scorpion bowl perhaps? Maybe I'll even do a little more knitting.
merry X mas - happy holidays!

Friday, December 21, 2007

My version of Wendy Bernard's fingerless mitties. I used the Hacho yarn, which I love. Soft and spongy and the most amazing colors.
At 40 sts around on #5s, these babies pretty much knit themselves up during a morning playdate! One skein made two fingerless mittys, and Walgreens had lots of Magic $1.99 gloves to toss underneath. These dark blues are looking a little worse for wear after one wearing - you get what you pay for, dontcha? Lucky for me, I loaded up on a ton of em.
Otherwise, I've begun some math and designing on the wrappy thing. Found a new cable that I love, and it reminds me of this sweater I saw at Babystyle a while back and was convinced I could make. I would only add two buttons at the top, and of course, make a NON maternity version. But I loved the cables and lace combo, the fat garter edges and the black buttons. And I have a giant batch of off white worsted, just living aimlessly in the stash.
Am a little torn in two directions now. Which to do? I think thet wrap will go faster, and maybe the sweater after. And if I do the wrap first, I can play with the cables a little more before going into a whole sweater.
We'll see how it goes. On the topic of other quick and easy things, am also still playing with my friend's limoncello. ;-) It's REALLy good with some carbonated limeade.

I mean REALLY good....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I think, according to Ravelry.
Yep, just what the world needs, another Tilted Duster.

But this one's got cool fabric vintage (of course...) buttons.

And it's out of Berrocco Ultra Alpaca in Spice (a color, which upon honest review, does me no favors....)

So I'll only take photos without my head for now, and I'll put on the right makeup tomorrow so I'm not one of the walking dead.

Because it's really soft and comfy and I spent a few weeks on it, and I'm wearing it no matter how pasty I look!

PS How did the other 364 of you get the flaps to lay just right? I'm having a few issues.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Friday, we had some cocktails.
Saturday, we played in the snow.
Sunday, we shoveled the snow.

And in between, I knit my Tilted Duster.

All that's left is the neckline and sleeve attaching!
(and yeah, blocking, end weaving, buttons...)

I also re-discovered these socks.

I made this pattern up around the time I began getting obsessed with my little hat patterns, but I never posted about it since I had visions of having it published somewhere.

Apparently, that didn't happen, so here they are. I need to re read the pattern and make sure it's error free before posting it up on the sidebar.

If you've read this far down, you get a cocktail recipe from Friday (or two).
For the rum and vodka, I am not putting amounts - depends on what you like!

Warm Rum Cider
One gallon of Trader Joe's Spicy Cider
Dark Rum
Cointreau - about a 1/4 cup
Orange Juice (just a bit)

Cold Rum Cider
One bottle of sparkling Cider
Dark Rum
Fresh Lemon - squeeze a half for the juice
ice cubes

Festive Fizz
One bottle champagne
1 cup of white wine (cuts the sweetness, you can add more)
1 small can of apricot nectar
lime juice
pear vodka

enjoy! (we did)

Friday, December 14, 2007

These are my finished Veronik Avery long lacy gloves - they ended up neither long nor glovey, but they are lacy. My Mom saw them over the holidays, so they also didn't end up being mine.

I do think they're gorgeous, though (mostly due to the Madeline Tosh Rhubarb yarn) and I have about half the skein left, so I just might whip up another pair (again without the fingers) so I get my own set anyways. And I just might wear them today to reward myself for shoveling solo last night during the snowstorm (the man was at his office Xmas party - completely unreachable from 10 miles away by car...) 9 inches!
And below, one more reward for me. This little BCBG number looked really cool on the mannequin, but it's $150. And, it's an about to pill acrylic. Yep, $150 for acrylic. Second, it's basically a cable scarf with arms. Do you know where I'm going with this?

I'm keeping the receipt, that's where I'm going. Couldn't exactly measure it in Lord and Taylor, could I? But I'm going to document it and send the puppy home. I think it'll be wayyy easy to make.

Simple cables, some garter stitch? Bind off some armholes and cast on some arms? I'm way capable of this stuff. Seems a little shady, but hey. I've always wanted to do this, but never actually did before. Guess I've grown as a knitter, huh?

And tonight, a little cocktail party. Hoping to share some recipes in the next few days!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Here's what my parents got us for the holidays-
They took us on a family bar-stocking trip to the store.
So much fun - and look at all of these things to mix up!
We got all fun things we often don't buy in favor of the basics - there's Baileys, Cassis liqueur, Cointreau, Southern Comfort, Pear Vodka, collins Mix, two pre made mixers, Simple Syrup, and something there in the back I don't recognize.

And when we got home, I made sure to thank them properly. The above cocktail was the cassis liqueur and a sliced lime in some very tasty limoncello. The limoncello was made from scratch by Carol, and brought over previously as a gift. It's amazing. Like a lemon drop in a glass. Honestly, you don't even need the other stuff in it, but we wanted to play with our new toys, and I've been dying to share the limoncello with an audience.

Thanks again C! I'll make you one on Friday.

And here are my other new toys -- from the Bizarre Bazaar (which honestly, I thought would be a little more bizarre. Sooo many tee shirts, baby shirts - lots of beautiful things, but lots of basic materials - not so many really unusual things) One great vendor had hilarious imaginary animal taxidermy. Another made little books out of old book covers and unexpected materials - like tape cassettes. But mostly, lots of great objects I might have seen in a shop. Maybe that's what sells?

Anyways, two skeins of gorgeous yarn! (Also not Bizarre, but gorgeous) I ran into fellow Knitsmith Amber there behind a table, and how could I not support an old friend? The yellows and oranges is a skein by Amber herself. It's beautiful, and I think it's about to be more fingerless mitts. The purple is by skeintily clad, and it's sooooo soft. Behind those is a skein of reds, which I got in a yankee swap last week - Schafer Anne, which I've seen often enough, but never knit with. All three just add some lovely color to my current knitting bag.

The hat is a new FO - one more for my friend Amy. It's a made up lace hat, and done in Debbie Bliss Denim Aran, also soooooo soft. The yarn was stash yarn, so I'm glad to be using it up.

Yep, that's all for now - it's been a week of other things, and my Tilted Duster is indeed gathering dust. I'm hoping to get back to the previously scheduled programming soon.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

In just a few days.

Modeled by the lovely Maya (which is why it's a little big) is my latest Cabled.

I had the cables shrink into points instead of just ending, and I made the decreases at the top of the hat semi - invisible by adding knit rows between the dec rows.

I'm digging the little crystal flower buttons too.

This is the first of a little "hat wardrobe" I've volunteered to make for a friend. I promise I'll do some new patterns now, instead of a whole batch of Cableds. Almost done with the gift knitting and back to those gloves.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Yep, another version of the same recipe. (Cabled)
I love playing with this pattern. These cables are from the Vogue Stitchionary -the Cables book. It's called Frosted Edge. I did 7 cables across the front, and I'm not yet sure how many repeats up before I decrease, but this is a fun cable to work with and I love the look of it.

I also made the hem deeper than before, since I want a little more of a cloche like feel here.

The yarn is Elan Peruvian Highland Wool, which is a great hat yarn. Soft, stretchy and doesn't pill with a lot of wear. The color is pretty good in the photo - kind of a dusty rose or pumkiny pink color. It's a gift, so I think it'll look great on the intended owner.

Anyways, only two hours before pickup today - we have our Conference With The Teacher. Must get back to the hat -

Monday, December 03, 2007

About those fingers.....
It's not that I couldn't do them, it's just that I chose not to, right?

Really, I did have 4 out of 5 done, and was working on them in Knitsmiths yesterday, when a very brilliant Nancy mentioned some fingerless gloves she'd done. And then an equally brilliant Teri pointed out that the shot in Veronik's book even showed the Latvian Mitts with gloves (never mind it was this glove pattern) poking out from beneath.
Happy to have any justification for never doing another finger, I went with their sage advice. Now if only I had known about this a few weeks back, I'd have TWO gloves to wear in today's snow. But really, this plan ensures I'll have #2 long before i would have otherwise.
All the other knitting around here is secret, so that's all you get for now.
And besides, I'm busy on Facebook this morning. Ever hear about it? Must get back and see what other friends have found me. My sister took the liberty and signed me up.
(as if I needed one more internet time suck in addition to email, Knitty and Ravelry....)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I knit.

Aparently a lot.
Here's the point at which I couldn't possibly get any farther on my Tilted Duster. Got the front and the sleeves done, but had left the back home in MA. Never thought I'd get far enough to need it. But I did. Maybe it's just a really fast project? Or maybe I spent 4 nights in a row, knitting. What do YOU think?

This is my other holiday project - Veronik Avery's long lacy gloves - Glove #1 here. They were supposed to be longer, and therefore lacier, but I was at a point where I needed to pay less attention, so I began the stocking stitch for the hands.

I am really happy with them so far - and am very excited to finally spend $30 on sock yarn and have it out where I can see it! Will get going on the fingers soon - you can see the thumb on its holder there --- my silver hoop earring. Again, I never thought I'd get so far and was caught without my holders. But in a pinch, that earring works like a dream!

Unfortunately, both of these projects are about to zzzz (as they say on Ravelry) since I have a little deadline knitting ahead of me - and Hanukkah starts in two weeks....

The other thing I did over Thanksgiving Vacation was to put some serious time and thought into the whole yarn store question. Looking at the #s, talking to some LYS employees in both Boston and NJ, and reading through all your feedback and threads about other LYSs. I'll spare you all the drawn out rationale which we've been tossing around and sum it up - Long story short, no yarn store for us.

And a quick plea to you all - support YOUR LYSs. They're feeling the pinch. They can compete with each other, but they can't do a thing about the big interent shops. Buy in person, or buy from Etsy. Support your small business person - it's not easy to do what they do out on a financial limb. and if you expect them to keep doing it, they really need your support, so make the extra effort if you can.

PS. If you head to Princeton NJ, go down to Pins and Needles on Chambers St - amazing stuff, lots of unique yarns, great book selection and a wonderful owner - Kathleen. They also have a really cool needlepoint area - maybe another future craft?

but now back to the knitting.

Monday, November 19, 2007

But finishing them up is still a big relief! If you ignore the dishwasher, which will be replaced next week, we are finally done with a very long and unplanned replacing of almost everything in this room. The ultimate unplanned old house snowball, which resulted in a piecemeal home renovation project over the last 4 months. I am soooo tired of being home for workmen to arrive. How come everything breaks at once??
My two favorite things are the old fashioned bottle opener on the chopping block (see it there?) and the amazing orange barstools, which I found online from a Mexican restaurant in Texas which has gone out of business. Probably the two cheapest things in here too - figures.
Also a FO, not of yarn, is the raking. It was a gorgeous weekend and I'm a big fan of leafy pics, so ta da. Kids in leaves. With donuts, since it is Boston and you can't throw a rake without hitting a Dunkins.
The raking spurred me on to begin my Tilted Duster, out of deep fall orange in Berrocco Ultra Alpaca. Maybe I'll finish over Thanksgiving? I figure it's a good vacation project - lots of ribbing and stockinette to be done on the divan during all that socializing with the family unit.
(Raising Arizona anyone?)

Some FO's actually are made of yarn though. And here's one. I'm wearing it today and cannot manage to get a good shot of it on, so here's a flatty. Doesn't do the chocolate brown Cascade justice, and doesn't do the fit justice either. I LOVE this sweater.

love it love it love it. A good thing too, since I'm about to cast on for one more!
On the yarn store front, thanks for all your input. We now need to look at some hard #s and see what's up. I now have the hard #s, so another Thanksgiving project.
Am hoping hoping hoping....

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

First, the knitting. Realizing the hat I made for baby Theo was overly Femme for a studly baby boy, (lavender, really what was I thinking?) I've begun a new one. I love love love the sock yarns. And since I have predictable taste, my leftovers all match up nicely.

I'm also chugging away on the Tree Jacket. No longer angry at it, I was done with the body again in no time. Only some sleeves left and I'll be wearing it around by next week! And it looks like I'll be knitting another one too, since my sister saw it and tried it on. Her birthday's next month. Only fair, since I sent my Drops Jacket off to my other sister when she admired that one - can't do for one and not the other!

Now the knitting questions --

1. If your LYS was only open one late night a week, would that affect your decision to go there vs other spots? Do you do a lot of your buying or browsing during the week after work?

2. Same thing with classes - if they were offered primarily on mornings and weekends, is that a bummer for you or not?

3. What's something you'd LOVE to see at your LYS that you might not too often?

4. What's the one thing that makes you travel to a LYS not near you - special yarn, accessories, book selection, atmosphere, owner personality, a coffee shop across the st, other shops nearby to poke around in -- ? anything specific that lures you a longer distance than necessary?

I know we all browse and lurk and don't comment (myself included) but if you have any feedback, it would be SOOO appreciated! I know I'm fairly transparent at this point, so for those of you who weren't at Knitsmiths, Carol and I are in discussion to buy a yarn store - there's still a lot to work out, but the above might help us with a few big Qs we've been throwing around - I'll probably also stick 'em on Ravelry soon, but I figure I'll start here -since I can barely keep my mouth shut as it is, and am dying to talk this to death and think about it all the time and have to contain myself all the time with the knitting muggles who really couldn't be bothered with one more word out of me related to anything string like!

Anyways, anyone? thanks!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Haggis Flavored Oatcakes. Craig's back from Scotland.

so much for that Scottish Tweed I'd envisioned.

No knitting today - I'm on the computer. But I promise it's knitting related.

The tree jacket is languishing. I'm mad at it, although I should be mad at me. I knit up the XS, since I was concerned about yarn quanity and had convinced myself I'm just a little slip of a thing. Last night I finished up the body and put it on. Turns out I have plenty of extra yarn and I'm sooooo not a little slip of anything. Tight lace holes don't look so good over the boobs and the muffin top, no they don't. They expand over the bumps, they do.

So I've frogged back to the arms and am giving it a go at the next size. Tomorrow. Today I'm typing. Promise, it'll be fun for all if this typing project works! Right, Carol?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Cassie's baby did come yesterday, and although none of you actually know her, I'm happy enough to blog about it anyways! He's a little dude - and his name's Theo. Just a coincidence, but kind of fun for me anyways. Thea/Theo, you get it. The boy knitting will begin as soon as I figure out what to make. Since Cassie does read, I'll keep mum till gifted.

(She's actually a little busy right now, so I'm guessing she won't be lurking for a while)

There's not much to say otherwise today - I'm cruising throught the Tree Jacket pattern. It's sooooo easy, love those Zephyr girls. We spent a few hours on the playground yesterday riding bikes, so I got a big chunk of it going. That riding bikes thing is good for the knitting, because it requires about zero involvment on my part. Yay bikes. And independently entertained kids.

Cassie'll appreciate those soon too...
won't you? xo

Saturday, November 03, 2007

My beloved LYS is closing. After 4 yrs, Jackie has decided to close the Knitting Room and go back to a more traditional job. I'm saddened, but not stupid, so I went to the sale...

For once, I bought things With Projects In Mind. (old dog = new tricks) Some chocolate Cascade 220 for the Zephyr Designs Tree Sweater, Some spicy colored Berocco Ultra Alpaca for a Tilted Duster, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for a scarf design I've worked out and need to cast on for, and because old habits die hard -- a bunch of Hacho because I love it, and some extra Berocco Alpaca because I love the color. And notice how I'm doing new colors - there's not a puple in the bunch - again with the new tricks.

Because I'm still crazy and fresh from our trauma around here, I took back my hat samples and have sealed them in a bag for two weeks. Can't be too careful, can you? No more Bad Nits.

Friday, November 02, 2007

This one's for my non knitting friend Amanda, who said she liked Cabled and loved my green Cascade. Being a sucker for any positive reinforcement, I knit it up.

And added some vintage buttons. I have no idea why this is underlined.

Since Cascade was a whole new weight, i played around with the gauge. Turns out you can knit the Cascade on 6s, cast on 110 and do 7 cable repeats, instead of 6. Fits just fine.

I also played with the length. I like it as in the original pattern. If you like a longer hat, add a few rows of stocking stitch after the row where you decrease (K2, K2tog) in the cable section and before you begin the repeating decrease rows.

I like it to fall about mid ear, which is where my first two hats fall, and where this one ended up too. Seems the button band just sits right this way on my head. Maybe if it was a brim hat, I'd go longer. But not here.

Any longer and I feel like I have a loooong cabley forehead. But that's just me. And hey, given my Never Follow the Pattern history, I encourage you guys to play with it and knit as YOU like it on your heads!

Amanda gets hers this afternoon - am hoping she'll like it!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Zoe and I saw her yesterday, when she called to ask if I had any yarn to make a baby hat out of. We do and we did, so we got it and we made it. One simple hat out of fluffy baby yarn, in colors Zoe specifically picked for said Baby, who is due any sec, soooo... now that the hat is finished and the Sox are done messing with our traffic, Cassie's all set for a quick drive down to Brigham & Womens...
Baby Price's hat is perched on one of my Favorite Things About Halloween. If Cassie has her baby this week, I'll be bringing a few of these over to the hospital room!

Here's another Favorite Thing About Halloween.

On the knitting front, I'm about ready to frog Clapotis. I know it's a great pattern (2,000 knitters can't be wrong!), and the finished Claps are gorgeous, but I'm bored with all the knit knit knit. Am thinking I'll give Ella a shot instead. Not too much detail to get lost in the colors, but enough to keep it a little more interesting. I've been thinking of this patten ever since Wendy Wonacott posted it a while back, but never had the right yarn. Perhaps this stuff is it?
I'm also making one more Cabled - for a friend - out of my leftover Cascade. The math translates easily, so I will add a note to the pattern when I'm done for a new yarn weight.
Happy Halloween - get yourself a pumpkin beer!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Those have been the high points of this weekend. After almost a week of social quarantine, I wasn't doing so hot. I'm not exactly a sit at home kind of gal. (Craig calls me a shark, actually. Something happens to them when they stop swimming - they die? they can't breathe? Not sure)

But really, there are very few places you can take your vermin infested kids - so when Sat AM rolled around. we finished up our olive oil wraps and did a nit FREE check on both of 'em, so we decided it was time for dim sum.

I told Craig to go get me something potent, with cherries or pineapple, in a groovy cup. (Our dim sum place is attached to the coolest, kitchiest bar with a giant golden dragon, so I had high hopes. He did not disappoint.

He returned with a Zombie. And a little while later, he got me another. I wish i could tell you the recipe, but I have no idea what was in those babies. He said "a lot of stuff". All I know is they were exactly what I needed - and fun to have on the table -since two heads can talk to each other, can't they? According to my kids, they can.

The cup above is really similar to yesterday's, but I did not steal it yesterday. Bad example for the kids. Can't anymore. I stole this one from a place called Kowloon years ago - along with his mate. They live on my kitchen counter. I was much younger, childless and drunk at the time, and I did have a little penchant for chinese and polynesian restaurant tokens..
(everyone's got a dirty little secret)

The pumpkins behind him we carved today. One of my favorite things to do. It's a perfect fall day - sunny, breezy, leafy. When we were done carving, we went out for cider, donuts and a haunted hay ride. Also exactly what we needed.

Draped over my tikis and pumpkins and above, over Maya is my Green Split Leaf Scarf. It's from Interweave's little scarf book - they called it Knits Hits, 11 favorite scarves. In the book, this pattern was one of a trio of laceweight scarves, but I've learned I'm not currently a lace fan, so I subbed Cascade 220.

The texture is awesome, and I can't wait to wear this puppy for the rest of the fall and winter! The only change I made to the pattern is that I began with 3 rows of seed stitch, and I didn't do the middle graft. Just went through 2+ skeins of Cascade, and did 3 more rows of seed for the bind off edge too. Then I draped it over Maya for a photo - see, she MUST be nit free for me to throw my scarf under the bus like that...

am hoping she (they) stays that way for school tomorrow and Halloween Weds.

cross your fingers for me!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Yep, that's where I've been. Not knit picking, like all of you at Rhinebeck (lucky ones...), but nit picking. Becomes very clear why it's an appropriate phrase for "crazy making attention to detail". I think they're all gone now, but shit, that's one ginormus pain in the ass. (Chews into the knitting time too - have you seen Maya's head of hair? it takes TWO hours.... )

Got a call from Zoe's school on Monday morning and been nuts ever since. I'll spare you the details, but lets just say my environmental footprint has grown a bit this week. I don't think the dryer and washing machine rested for 3 days straight. All said and done I'm considering myself lucky because although I know the lice were there (someone laid the nits) I never saw one.

So, am I done with the icky animals now? First the mice and then, eeew, the lice. Also, last week, there was a possum in our garbage can that loved the box of liquor filled chocolate in there so much he spent the day hanging out and tossing back boozy bon bons. (Maya does a good Drunken Possum impersonation) Then he took a big shit and apparently grossed himself out enough to leave the can. We tossed the lid on the thing and dragged it to the curb with a note for the garbage men to take it.

On a brighter note, the same universe sending me nasty animals also sent me a cool magazine.

Seems someone in the marketing dept has their potential target audience right! This little surprise arrived in the mail a few days back. It's a preview issue for a new magazine.

A magazine full of cocktail recipes and anything liquid!
Will give this old fashioned a shot tonight - it seems like a good rainy day drink.

And for anyone wondering if there's real yarn in my house this week, there is. (the aforementioned Good Knit ) I'm completely distracted by this scarf. It began as an Obi, from Veronik Avery's new book, but soon frogged out. Obi's gorgeous, but I think it really needs the right yarn - something subtly vareigated. Probably the one thing I don't have in my stash. (must go fix that problem soon)

So, Obi's on hold, and this Cascade 220 Heathers is knitting up into a Split Leaf scarf. I love it so much I can't put it down. Everything else has taken a back seat, and I'm about 1.25 into a 3 skein scarf. This is a bad, bad photo for color, but you can see the texture.

Such a fun little pattern! Not sure if I'll block it or leave it bumpy. We'll see.
When it stops raining I'll take a better shot -

I'm off to take the last hundred stuffed animals out of the dryer.