Here she is, Miss Ariann! I finished the collar yesterday afternoon while hanging out with the Tea & Sympathy knitters at Purlescence and wove in a few ends. Voila! A finished cardi! I loved knitting this both because the pattern is beautiful and there's virtually no finishing and because the Malabrigo is so incredibly soft and knits like a dream. There's definitely another of these somewhere in my future, a larger size (though I think this one will block out to a more reasonable size) probably and in something washable. I'm thinking Cascade 220 Superwash. I like it so much I may even do a pullover version. We shall see.
Meanwhile, there are lots of socks in my life these days. I'm gestating a couple of lace sock patterns of my own and working on building my wardrobe of handknit socks for the cold months ahead. Last night I picked up my Hippy Crunchies again after a couple weeks lying fallow in my knitting basket. Those dratted K3togs are really getting me down. Still, the resulting mesh is very interesting and I'm looking forward to completing these. The other soon-to-be-a-pair is the Kona from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks mentioned in yesterday's post. It's heavyweight sock yarn, yummy and squishy and very quick and satisfying to knit on 3.25mm needles. I've got the heel turned on the second sock and will pick up the gusset stitches today. The top is super simple 3x1 ribbing and the heel is a standard slip stitch. It's just the perfect plain vanilla knitting I need in between the more challenging stuff.