Wow! I just posted a finished scarf, and here's another:
Pattern - Flora from Knitty
Yarn - Rowanspun 4-Ply in Siren (four strands held together), 2 skeins
Needles - Size 9
Notes - I had just enough yarn for the scarf, and didn't add the flower. For this recipient, at least, I was ambivalent about the flower anyway, and wouldn't have even considered it if it weren't removeable. This is a perfect last-minute gift, with or without the flower. Very quick to make, and lovely and elegant. The yarn possibilities are endless. I like the pattern yarns used, as well, which make for a blend of colors. I might make one for myself. I found a nice red button to use as the closure for a simple look. This was gift scarf #5. I still haven't decided whether to use the Vintage Beaded Gloves as my 6th gift, or to make another scarf. I'm leaning toward the scarf at the moment, but haven't settled on yarn/pattern ideas.
Thank you, everyone, for your very nice comments about my scarves! Stefaneener, the first time I successfully grafted something, I almost fell over in shock, and it still gives me a nice warm feeling of accomplishment. I think I'm in a heavy "nesting" phase right now, with all the knitting/baking/cleaning I've been doing.
I also cast on for the Argyle Sweater from Debbie Bliss Special Knits for Butterbean. I picked the 0-3 month size, because every Debbie Bliss baby pattern I've ever knitted has been huge. I'm using a nice warm peach color as the main color, and a white and a red for the argyle part, which is (yippee) done in intarsia. It's just 11 rows of intarsia, at least. I've been waffling a bit on whether to use the red or a warm rose color. Or maybe to use those two and ditch the white.
Here's the pattern photo:
And here's the start of the sweater, with all three balls of potential contrast yarn:
Any thoughts are welcome. I think as of now, I'm leaning toward the rose and the white, but I could be persuaded otherwise pretty easily.
Reading: Owl's Well That Ends Well.
Writing: Ha! I hadn't noticed that, Tim. Obviously, this is a fun part of the book for me :)
Cooking: Nothing new to report. Knitpastis, I should start working on a bit of food photography. Maybe on our dining room table. I usually don't bother because our kitchen is lit by fluorescent, which tends to make everything look rather yellow and unappetizing. But I think I'll start playing with it a bit.