Here is the Palindrome scarf, all blocked and ready to wear. I need to take a better photo of it, wrapped around a human neck, but this will have to do in the meantime. The pattern is easy and ingenious and I have already cast on for another version since.
But woman cannot live by scarves alone, so I have started to swatch for another project.
Buried deep in the stash, yet never forgotten, are four skeins of a discontinued yarn from Brooks Farm called Harmony -- a blend of kid mohair, merino and silk. I bought them with the thought of knitting a turtleneck pattern from an old Rowan magazine. But this was four years ago, and I have come to my senses since, and realized that a pullover this warm would not be of much use in California, even in the dead of winter.
I'd much rather have a cardigan -- longish, almost knee-length. I happen to have a storebought version which fits just right at the shoulders and hips, so I'll use my great Sweater Wizard software to produce the right schematics and come up with a pattern. The swatch was step one; it helped me to determine that I want to knit this fabric relatively tightly, on #5 needles. The yarn is interesting enough on its own that it doesn't need much texture; I am leaning towards a wide border in garter stitch and a body in stockinette. By the weekend, I hope to have a pattern and perhaps the beginnings of the back.
While I was waiting for the swatch to dry, my thoughts turned to color, so I cast on for this:
Noro Silk Garden #84, I love you to distraction. And the ten skeins in my stash aren't going to be enough to keep me satisfied.