It was impossible to walk past the hand dyed Rivulet from Island Yarn, without stopping last weekend. The "arctic" color with it's subtle bits of gray and silver have me thinking of polar bears frolicking in the snow. I want to make some kind of a slightly askew rectangular shaped wrap with dropped stitches to give it an open look that will be perfect for walking around in a northern European country in the summer. Do let us know the pattern name if you have made something that would fit the bill.
There was also this "sandcastle" Glenhaven Cashmerino worsted from Three Irish Girls. After petting the sample pair of fingerless mitts with a very simple cabled cuff that were made from it, I foolishly told someone I would also be wearing them on February 18th along with the finished poncho. This was likely uttered as I completed my third cup of coffee for the morning.
Personally, I think adding only 3 skeins to my collection was an impressive display of restraint. Those sweet little scissors don't really count as a purchase because they are just so tiny. And cute. And birdlike.
On the poncho front I have 10 inches to knit before I begin to seam it up. Then there is just picking up stitches around the neck and knitting a few inches to give it a "polished" look. I have already informed Chris that he is to pretend like I am at another knitting retreat this coming weekend. I told him he could talk to me, but only for 5 minutes every 2 hours, and he should not expect that I will really be listening to him.