It is way past time that I posted some sort of evidence that I am still knitting, (much less alive) despite my busier life of late. An important element in my sanity equation is always having something on the needles. In fact, I just now finished ripping out all 12 rows of my 241 stitch infinity scarf when I discovered a dropped stitch in row 3 of a yarn over row and every attempt to figure out how to fix it just made a bigger mess. Some times you just have to rip...so I did. More on that another time. I'll cast on again this afternoon after I've had some time to forget the pain of the rip.
Project one is Noemi from the Berroco Norah Gaughan Collection Vol 1. Ultra Alpaca Light. Rav page here. Loved this knit and was rather sad to bind off. Perfect pattern for those just beginning lace or chart reading. I bought the yarn and pattern for this in Minnesota. I think this might make a nice gift idea for a scarf lover on your list.
Project two is Riverbanks and again with the love. The minute I saw this in the Fall Knitty I knew I had to make it. The construction is interestingly done, though not difficult if you just follow along and don't think too hard. I can hardly wait until it gets cold enough to wear it. Yarn is Silk Garden from my stash. Don't recall the color number. The second picture is more true to the color. (I had no idea my nose was so big.) Rav page here.
Finally a pair of wild and funky mittens on that off chance that it will ever get cold enough around here to actually need mittens. I used the "Olivia and Celia" pattern from Kristen Knits and I'm extremely happy with the sizing. I have rather small hand and finding a mitten pattern that fits well is easier said than done. I made the child's large/woman's small size with wonderful results. Cuff is Manos (yellow) and Dream in Color (green) and the hand portion is Malabrigo; all remnants from other projects. Lots of fun to do and super fast.
The weather here is making the majority of the population happy as can be. I, on the other hand, am already listening to holiday music and scanning the horizon for snow. Bring on Winter!!!