I've been knitting up a storm lately. Knitting is my evening activity. I do it while watching movies or the few tv shows I actually like. I wish I could say that it keeps me from snacking in the evenings, but that would be a lie.
This first scarf is a multi-directional diagonal pattern and it looks much more difficult than it is. It's the very first pattern I ever knitted, about 4 years ago. It is well suited to a variegated yarn, such as Cashmere Island from Noro, which is what I used here. Over the past few years, I've knitted this pattern with several other variegated yarns: Silk Garden and Kureyon, also from Noro.
This next scarf is the simple seed stitch. It's a time consuming stitch, but the effect is well worth the time. It's very bumpy and when done with a substantial yarn like Mirasol (merino wool, alpaca and silk) it has quite a cushion-y feel. My guess is that this scarf would keep you warm when it's -20 degrees! The color is also quite incredible. At first glance, you might think it is simply brown. When viewed closer, you can see undertones of burgundy.
*Thanks to all of you who expressed concern for Xena's well being. She is doing better, but this thing is not over yet. We're keeping a close eye on her and continuing with the current medicines. I'll keep you posted.