I know I shouldn't be surprised by how helpful and great knitters are, but I was thrilled with the quick response to my call for test knitters and how many people like Vines even before I've published it. Hopefully, all my lovely test knitters will come back with great little garments by the end of the month, and then I'll be able to offer the pattern for sale.
I have some more projects in the pipeline but have also been busy knitting smaller things, like a Ripley for me in the delectable Lobster Pot Cashmere. I was kind of hoping to get a picture of me in it today outside during the snow, but a certain little person needed a nap, so I stayed behind (and worked and worked on a really interesting but challenging project). Ripley is a great little hat with a lace edge from Ysolda Teague's Whimsical Little Knits 2 (did you see how much that lovely creature raised for Haiti? to quote Rachel Zoe, "Uh-mazing"), which I bought last month in a fit of Help-Haiti-on-Ravelry-itis. Mary-Heather's Simple Things Shawlette and Snowbird by Heidi Kirrmaier also whizzed through the magical portal of PayPal into my Library.
I also knit up a little double-cowl for Isobel from half a skein or so of Malabrigo Lace in Intenso (luscious reds and pinks). She picked out the yarn from stash and has been pestering me to get it started (and then finished). I'm so glad I did because she just loves it. She's even worn it to bed and all day at school. Little cutie. I did a picot bindoff (not a picot hem, the little points), which would be lovely except the edge totally rolls and no one sees it, since the thing is just a jumble of Valentine-y goodness around her neck. I'll have to see if I can snap a picture of her in it. And I may need to make a single cowl for me, if I can figure out the best way to show off those picots. Hmmm.
So, now I'm working on something for my sister in some great Malabrigo Sock yarn acquired when I did a little hanging with the bloggers a couple of weeks ago. Ms. Babycocktails took the bus down from Beantown, and we met up with the Subway Knitter herself for a little Soho yarn crawl. It was so much fun to hang out with fellow knitters/designers.