Oooh, progress bars...
...now there's incentive! I've added a nifty progress bar in the sidebar, as you can see. It's sweet. Now, whenever I want to despair at my complete lack of knitty-ness, I can just look at my sweet, sweet progress bars. And so can you! And you can think, "Hah! I finished that last month!" and you can feel proud, or smug, whichever you prefer.
I started over on the spiral scarf, as my progress bar will tell you. I didn't like the color scheme I'd chosen, and frankly, I'd made it too long. Now I know. I'm doing it in off white, still in the Unger Fluffy, provided I have enough, which I hope I do, because frogging that stuff's a real bitch. So pretty and fluffy when it's all worked up, it fights tooth and nail to stay that way.
My mother and I went yarn shopping on Saturday. I'm swatching some Plymouth Encore to make my grandma's next shrug. They have a colorway that is perfect, though they didn't have it in stock at my LYS, but we picked up a couple of skeins in a colorway my mom really likes, and I'm going to do some swatching (which is nothing like it was in the 1980's; back then it involved freaky plasticy watches), and see what I can come up with gauge-wise, and then we'll be in the running. We've also considered the Lion Brand Colorwaves, but the Encore will be oh so much more forgiving.
And, I know this isn't knitting, but how do you expect me to stick to one topic? I made a necklace for my friend that turned out so beautifully that I made earrings to match. My only wish is that I'd had sterling to work with instead of plate. It's lovely, but I HATE working with plated components. I've been working with silver since I was 15, and darn it, I see no reason (well, except for money, which is the key, really) to go back now. Anyway, I'll have pics as soon as I get the film used up and the pics scanned.