I have been absent far too long, and though I have a few pieces of holiday knitting on the needles, not enough to justify falling off of the blogosphere ;)
Since we last met I was smitten with the wonder that is Malabrigo Sock. It is truly amazing. Standard malabrigo, while soft and beautiful, has always had that annoying diva temperament. I couldn't get past the pilling that comes with an achingly soft single. Malabrigo sock has no such drawback. It is a tightly twisted three ply that somehow manages to keep the softness of it's high maintenance sibling. I don't know how they do it, but I suspect black magick.
With my first skein of the loveliness I knit up a lacy little scarf. The pattern is Tudor Grace, by Anne Hanson. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
I've also been back on the wheel this month. I spun up that lovely black BFL into a navajo ply worsted and am making nice thick socks with it. I'm finally starting to make myself socks that don't need to be layered with two other socks to wear with my boots. Go team me ;)
And currently on the wheel is a lovely earthtoned merino/alpaca that I bought when Elaine was in town. I'm spinning this up a bit finer, but I'm not sure what I'm doing with it yet.
Oh! speaking of handspun, I almost forgot my latest Ysolda Teague hat. Rose Red, (or rather blue) made from handspun 3 ply South African Fine, dyed in the crock pot.
Ysolda Teague, have you ever written an ugly pattern? I'd hate you if I could stop knitting your stuff long enough to find the energy :P