Neck-Down Wrap Cardigan called for.
Yes, it took me a week to get gauge. I knit three funky-sized swatches (which, incidentally, I did not wash because the ball band indicated that dry cleaning would be most appropriate -- I suppose I should have steamed them, but what's done is done) and alternated the boring swatch-knitting with some hippy-dippy crocheting.
The Rickrack Kerchief, in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, is right up my alley. It's the right level of challenging, which means that I can watch TV or daydream while I work on it, and it's the right type of finished product, meaning that I will totally wear it when it's done. And it has a ribbon woven Right Into The Headband. I am completely mesmerized by ribbon these days -- buying it, saving it, making it, using it. The Christmas packages are going to be so much fun this year!
So finally I finished the swatches and started on the wrap cardigan. I had thought that I could not do another row of stockinette-with-raglan-increases when this number showed up. There is something about this pink-cotton-candy knitted fabric that makes it such a pleasure to work with that I don't care if the knitting itself is uninteresting. The yarn is fascinating and I cannot wait to see what it will do next. The thought of making a little more of the fluffiness in my hands is enough inspiration to keep me going, and I hope this will be a project where the process and the product are equally important -- I want to wear this loveliness.
I have also been reading a lot about knitting this vacation, and have many big ideas concerning fair isle, ganseys, log cabin knitting, organic cotton washcloths and multi-media knitting, but that's for another post. What's on your needles this summer?