This seems to be an area of questionable behavior to me. On one hand, a compliment. On the other, come on, get your own creativity going. On yet the other hand, it simplifies the candy store of choices that call at me each day that I go to work at the yarn shop. And I get a somewhat tested product: I get to hear about how easy or difficult the pattern is, what it's like to work with a particular yarn, what the fit looks like on the knitter.
Lately, many of us (I am not alone in this stalking thing, I suspect) have been following the lead of a staff member in knitting Brushed Suri mitts from Blue Sky Alpaca. A perfect, quick knit. Nothing but stockinette in the round. You can stuff them into your pocket and knit a row while waiting in line, or sitting in the car, or actually talking and knitting at the same time. One skein makes at least a pair, possibly more (I'm on the second one at the moment).
Here's the fuzzy surface of the mitts. The yarn is incredibly soft and a little bit stretchy, so fit seems to work both on my smaller hands and the long, elegant fingers of another knitter working on them.
I'm also working on the Adam's Rib Cap-sleeved Wrap from Sunday Knits. It is nigh impossible to take a picture of this in process, but here you go:
Here's a close-up of the surface of the pattern:
And a better view of the color of the yarn: a charcoal with a little bit of striation in it, but overall, muted and quiet.
I haven't been blogging much because I'm not loving the pictures that I've been taking. And I've been busy weaving. Here's my latest sample. Very scary, and as my daughter poitned out, very 60's:
In the meantime, happy thanksgiving.