Even though my wrists are still bothering me a bit, I cast on today and started working on a panel for "love blanket" members of the glb-knit listserv are making for a (now former) list member who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
I decided to use some of the yarn I had bought at Rhinebeck last October that I'd originally planned to use in a hat. One ball is a really deep, solid purple and the other is space-dyed in complementary shades of red, purple & blue. I don't know if the intent was to make them so that they'd go together so well, but I suspect it was at least partly so, as I also got a ball of a rich chocolate brown with a complementary ball space-dyed in compatible warm earth tones from the same vendor.
I debated about what to do for pattern, but I finally settled on a courthouse steps design derived from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. It's simple but very homey, and it ties into my love of quilts nicely. I can also complete short strips and set it aside if my wrists need a rest. For the center square, I made an intarsia heart in the variegated yarn on purple background. It's my first intarsia, but it's small and simple and turned out quite nicely. I'll post photos when the block is done.
This is the first time I've actually made a sweater for myself. I'm so stoked! The pattern says that it's good for beginners with basic skills so I'm not anticipating any problems.
The yarn is Lorna's Laces hand dyed Shepherd Worsted in the color Aslan. It looks like dark and milk chocolate swirled together and is very soft.