Originally I really-really wanted to knit Grumperina's Shifting Sands scarf. After swatching with the yarn I had purchased from Elann (Peruvian Sierra Aran in Chestnut), the stitch pattern was getting terribly lost in the yarn. I think that this particular yarn, although it is really nice to work with, has too much of a heather variegation and too much alpaca fuzziness going on. I learned from a particular sweater that it is not worth the time and effort to work on a wonderful stitch pattern if it is going to get lost in the yarn.
Shifting Sands will have to be for another day, and a much smoother, solid colored yarn.
So, I still needed a scarf.... and I was on my own for a stitch pattern.
I pulled out Vogue's Stitchionary Volume One, and after much contemplation, decided on the "tiny bamboo" pattern. Worked up on US8 needles I had this one whipped up in less than a week (it's amazing how fast things knit up when you are monogamous to it!). It is currently blocking:
After the drying is complete, I will be attaching some fringe.... then it will get a proper debut.
While this one has been drying, I have been plugging away at the Falling Water Lace Scarf. I'm about four feet in. I'm estimating about another six hours of knitting for this one, and it will be done as well. Maybe I'll get it done over the weekend? I hope so... it is my last "official" knit-gift (I have some supplemental knit-gifts in the wings if I have the time, but by no means are they required), and it needs time to be blocked, dried and wrapped :)