It seems like ages since I finished something that wasn't a sock. Well, ok, there was a hat, but hats are so fast that they hardly count.
Here is the Swirly Scarf, rather oddly hanging in the window. It is still quite misty this morning and the light isn't going to get any better than this, I don't think.
This has turned out to be rather lovely.
Two skeins of Tess Dawson's Baby Alpaca 4 ply (in black, as you can see) plus some Kidsilk Haze in Trance, worked on 4.5mm and 5mm needles. The only variation from the pattern was to work four extra rows on each side. It has turned out about 8 inches wide and 54 inches long, and it is as soft, light, and drapy as you'd expect with this combination of yarns.
It is interesting how during the first half, 450 stitches seems interminable, and during the second half it becomes no problem at all. The casting off does take a while though, particularly working with Addis - rather easy for the left hand needle to simply fall through the stitches, but at least Kidsilk Haze isn't going anywhere when it is off the needle.
Also interestingly, I don't think I have ever had this many stitches on the needle before. The border on the second side includes the two ends, and so has rather more stitches than the first half - more than 1000.
I am still working on the picot tiger socks - I am working the toe shaping on the first sock. I think that once I have cast on for the second sock, I shall pick up one of the other scarves. Probably it will be the Tartan Scarf, I think.
It is going to be really difficult picking up the Key West pullover. That lovely linen tape is not what I want to be knitting at the moment, although it is beautiful stuff with a wonderful texture and an amazing drape.
What I really want to be knitting at the moment is something from the recent book 'Best of Interweave Knits' - Burma Rings (scroll down, it is right at the bottom). And I cannot even think about it until I've finished the Key West pullover and also the Milli Jacket, and probably the Kauni cardigan as well.
Right now, I am trying to think exactly why I agreed to do this NOvember thing.