The latest mystery from the Knitterati club has been revealed - it's the druid scarf. This is the companion pattern to the Hibernia socks. An elongated leaf shape, this pattern looks great as a short or long scarf. make a small one with your lovely sock yarn, or you could do it up chunky in a worsted weight!
And in the non-mystery realm, I've been having fun with handspun. Remember this beautiful ruby fiber I spun up ages ago (um... 2010 to be precise)? It's a 3-ply romeldale in beautiful shades of ruby reds. I bought 3 different batches from the processor at different fiber shows, and they were all slightly different, so I spun 1 ply of each batch and made a 3-ply not-quite-worsted, not-quite-bulky yarn.
I washed it up ages ago, but then I let it languish marinate for a nice long while. Now, I've finally begun to knit it!
This is going to be a vest, or jacket, depending on how far my yardage lasts. I think I can just squeeze out a jacket, maybe with 3/4 sleeves. Because the yarn is so pretty, and has such a nice crisp hand, I didn't want to gussy things up with too many cables or doo-dads. So I'm going for a simple garter stitch pattern to show off the beautiful subtle color variations you usually only see in handspun yarns, with a fairly firm (but not rigid!) gauge. Because I spun it with a medium amount of twist, it's a 3-ply and the firm knitting gauge, I don't think I'm going to have much trouble with pilling.
It's fantastically mindless knitting. Just the thing when you're chatting up a storm at knitting group. Anyone who knows me, knows I love some fancy knitting - I don't want to do mindless knitting all the time (or else I might lose my mind!) but sometimes it's just the thing you want. And when it's all done I'll have something lovely to wear and keep me warm instead of that ratty green polarfleece I keep wearing everywhere.