I finished my "Pebble Beach Shawl" by designer Helen Stewart after we came home from our trip. It's the medium size in Malabrigo "Indecita". I tried photographing it outside but the colors only came true in low lighting inside the house. I love the way Helen writes her patterns and will definitely try one of hers again.
Not sure if was the color of the yarn or the wine that made the going difficult on black needles. I ordered some new double points from KnitPicks in their Sunstruck wood. There should be no excuses now. I need a winter hat and I have enough Malabrigo worsted for a hat and I think I can get a cowl out of it. The color is "Velvet Grapes". It's a lot more purple and less pink than in the picture.
And I've picked up "Pour Moi" by Versaci Knits again. The wool is Knitpicks "Wool of the Andes" in camel. It's toothy and rustic but it will keep me warm when it's finished. It should wear like iron. The original in the picture is knitted in Madelinetosh Sport. If I really like the sweater I might spring for MT someday for a sweater. I don't like the idea of alternating skeins and I really don't care for the MT price tag. In my size, this would be a very pricey project.
I'm going to give cross stitching a whirl again. It's been a long time and never on Belfast linen. This is a project for sunny days, clear eyes, no wine. One good, hard freeze and my allergies should clear up. This little project deserves all my attention once it's started.