Well hi. I'm late with the stash appreciation this week, for no particular reason except that I fell asleep on Wednesday far before I intended to. Like, say, 10:30 pm when my normal bedtime is 12-1 am. This week has actually been really productive; I've been further photographing and cataloging my stash into Ravelry, which is pretty fun.
I've also cast on for a Cowichan-inspired vest. I've done the ribbing and a little less than an inch of stockinette, and, as with most of my made-up patterns thus far, I'm relying on little more than an idea of "hey that would be neat" and confidence in my knitting aptitude. I'm going to basically lock myself in Smith's tomorrow and try to get as much done as possible, then I will share some pictures. As a side note: intarsia is terrifying.
One thing that all of this pattern-making makes me appreciate even more than usual is an innovative, well-executed design. I love it when the numbers add up symmetrically and when corners turn crisply, and when pattern and yarn skip happily down the road together holding hands while singing. Which is where the blue Araucania Azapa above comes in: it's an experiment in yarn-pattern matchmaking. One of my favorite patterns from Jared Flood's CEY pattern booklet is this jaunty little cap called Quincy. It looks like an interesting construction and I love the little twist at the side; it kinda reminds me of a sailor hat. One of these days (which is to say, when the commissioned, for-school, and for Smith's knitting is finished, which will be in approximately 4 million years) I'm going to cast on. And it will be so exciting.
But for now, I can't really think of anything wrong with working with copious amounts of Mirasol Sulka.