I still haven't done any housework- it's getting scarier in here but I'm determined to finish some sweaters- and soon.
This is the yarn I've been using for thoses 2 tops I designed for Nashua Handknits (they will be in the pattern book "Seashore" by the way- for Spring '07). It's called Cilantro, and it is so nice. Mostly cotton, but very soft and springy- you can pull it out and it snaps back! The stitch definition is great, and I think ribbings will hold up nicely too (unusual for cotton yarn, no?) It looks a lot like Karabella Aurora 8 and knits to about 5 sts/in. Isn't it funny how the colors they sent match my comforter?
The other yarn I've been spending a lot of time with this week, SWTC Gianna, and the sweater that is now lacking only the button bands and collar. I've enjoyed working with this new yarn, which is essentially a bulky version of Karaoke (50% wool, 50% Soysilk). It is 3 ply, and each ply seems like a single strand of Karaoke. It works up quick- I had no problem knitting a sleeve in just a few hours. I'm working on another design for them in regular Karaoke right now too- after a few false starts I think I've figured out how to make it work.
One last treat, from the mailbox today- the latest issue of Cast On (Aug-Oct) with my felted Fair Isle pillow design inside! I did it in Lopi which felted great but was murder on my hands. It has a slit in the back so you can take the pillow form out if you need to.
I'm back to work a week from Monday- hopefully I'll have 2-3 finished garments (and their instructions!) in the mail by then, a clean house, and all my ducks in a row (need some new clothes, a trip to the teacher's store, stuff for Emma, etc.) Wish me luck- I'm going to need it!