I have yet to cast on for a single Christmas gift and it's September! So, what do I have on the needles? Christmas presents? No...
This, which is a gift, just not for Christmas:
That's Trendsetter Sunshine (smooth yarn) and KFI Athena (ladder yarn) being made into a scarf based on the Trellis Stole from Exquisite Little Knits. I've gone back and forth on whether the Athena has too many colors to go with the Sunshine, and I'm still not sure. I have a similar yarn in just blues and blacks that would maybe work better. Thoughts?
And, in a totally unnecessary knitting project:
This is the cuff of a Vintage Beaded Glove from Handknit Holidays. I love looking through that book, but honestly don't see myself knitting much from it. I really liked the look of these gloves (I don't like wearing bulky gloves/mittens) and I love the Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. The cable rib was a nightmare, though. Those 16 rows took me over two hours, I think. Maybe even longer. And the size 1 needles are fiddly after the size 13 I'm using on the shawl. My hands kinda hurt today. I like the look of the cable rib, but the execution was awful. I actually do have the beads for these as well, but we'll have to see whether or not I actually sew them on.
Reading: I think I'm giving up on Persuasion for the moment, but I'm not sure what to read next.
Writing: Meandering along on Chapter 7.
Cooking: Nothing really of note. I think I'll make a peach-raspberry coffee cake tomorrow, though.