I always plan on working on one thing at a time, and as usual that isn't quite working out. My main project is still my Stonecrop Cardigan - made with Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock yarn and a skein of Spincycle's Dyed in the Wool that was left over after I finished my Shifty.
Overall I'm loving this sweater - I went for high contrast with the colors (the Magpie is a deep eggplant purple), and I like it. I think I'd also like this sweater in softer colors, but I'm going to put a zipper in this one and wear it as a jacket with jeans and I think it'll be perfect for that.
I have made a couple of alterations to the pattern - most notably I did a smaller bobble for the bobble rows, and then I abandoned the bobble and cable rows all together and just did the k1p1 row instead, and it turns out I like the sweater just as much without the bobbles.
I'm on to the sleeves at this point, and getting close to finishing. Then I'm going to steek the sweater with a zipper - which means you can do the steek and the zipper all at the same time. Score.
And in the meantime of working on the sweater, I also started a pair of socks. I haven't knit socks in years and years, but I've got the bug again. I probably wouldn't have started a pair yet, but we were going on a trip and I didn't want to drag my sweater project on a plane, so behold - a new pair of socks on the needles.
I splurged with La Bien Aimee sock yarn, and it's completely delicious. Super soft with saturated color, and feels amazing. Also a nod to the yesteryear of my sock knitting heyday - my bamboo double points. I probably bought them 15 years ago, and have hardly used them in ages since I went to Magic Loop, but I'm enjoying getting back to them. They feel great in the hand, and make such a neat join.
So these are my current projects (with a couple of others barely started and waiting in the wings.) Hopefully Stonecrop is off the needles by this time next week, and then I'm moving on to a Cocoknits sweater for my mom. I have to say - the Cocoknits construction method really is ingenious, and I'm looking forward to getting some time to work on it.