The brain is not firing on all cylinders this week, so I've been back at the scarf knitting. First of all, here is the finished Noro scarf, which I actually got to wear last Friday and it was soft and warm and comforting. Unfortunately it does not repel cold germs.
I am so taken with the yarn that I prowled EBAY yesterday and found two colorways with predominant shades of purple and plan to tackle another scarf as soon as the order arrives.
I also ordered enough of the chunky version of the yarn to make a vest, but I decided I had to finish a couple of the other projects in my knitting bag before I could indulge myself in starting something new. (I plan to use Elizabeth Zimmerman's Ribwarmer pattern.)
So, I dug out another scarf that was started last year in order to try out an appealing ribbon yarn. It was fun, but I don't much care to work in acrylic anymore. Give me natural fibers for anything other than afghans. Those have to stand up under frequent washings, thanks to the furry critters who live with me and dearly love to snuggle in them, so acrylic is the only logical choice for afghans. Be that as it may, the ribbon experiment was a success and I am looking forward to getting a chance to wear it next week.
It's nice to have a variety of hobbies to fall back on. Genealogy fills most of my free time, but occasionally the mental requirements are beyond me. Then I can shift to dollhouse miniatures for a spell. But that requires precision of a different sort. So, when my eyes are blurry, my throat is scratchy and all I want to do is sit in a comfy chair, with a cup of hot tea at hand and my furry critters snuggled up against me, knitting is the perfect occupation.
Of course, there is the pattern I keep wanting to start that requires mental concentration and dexterity. I started it once and was doing great, when my cable needle broke and the 5 inches of finished afghan ran ladders so quickly it was unrecoverable. The Tree of Life afghan is beginning to call to me again. Maybe when my head clears I'll give it another chance while knitting is still the hobby of choice.