After picking up a few projects from 2009, I finished the previously mentioned Mossy Scarf but then got the itch to knit some new ones. I learned some lace for a friend's birthday present. But then I cast on and off a drop-stitch scarf before finishing the belated gift. Spring startitis has taken ahold.
I wanted a nice, airy scarf for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas. And I really thought it would take longer to knit. The drop-stitch pattern was easy and fun but once it was off the loom, I frowned. Despite the garter edges, it was curling and wasn't laying right. While it wasn't technically lace, I borrowed my friend Zoe's wire blockers. And the scarf came alive! (And my own set of blockers just came in the mail while writing this. Yay!)
I used Skacel Meditation yarn. When I was looking this up for a link, I discovered that it is lavender-scented. So that's what that smell was while I was knitting!
I also am working diligently on sweater-esque purse for a hair stylist at Fantastic Sams. The colors are striping quite nicely. I hope to finish the knitting this week so I have plenty of time to sew the liner and buttons.
But the itch is back! Since I finished the Vegas scarf so quickly, now I'm dreaming of a felted bag I want to bring, too. I bought some gorgeous Kaleidoscope wool from Door County a few weeks ago and then paired the perfect pattern — Isela Phelp's Rowan bag (PDF link).
And I haven't forgotten about some spring/summer items for my Etsy shop. When I knit every week at Loops and Links yarn shop, I like to use her yarn. And right now, all I have in progress are the sparkly socks. So I will be winding some Nashua Snowbird today to start some fingerless mittens for you. That's a totally legitimate reason to start ANOTHER project … right? ;-)