So, I did...in fact...finish the sock-monkey sweater. And for those of you who didn't know it had a nickname, here's what happened:
I had this store credit burning a hole in my pocket at Yarntopia in Katy, Texas. There were two yarns I couldn't stop staring at for the past few months...one of them is a lace-weight Filatura and the other one was a Tahki that looks like (thank god Angel at the library said this...it was like a lightbulb going on over my head) soba noodles while in the hank. It's called Montana...it's their roving yarn, it still smells like sheep, and DAMN it's yummy to knit with.
I bought both. And two skeins of Malabrigo worsted and a ball of Noro. Just because. That store credit didn't have a chance.
I pulled off an entire half-length raglan cardigan in a week. Seriously. But when you use size 13 needles, it's not as difficult as it sounds. I even attached the button, blocked it, and wove in the ends...it's kismet. The yarn itself is naturally-colored, so it's slightly striped with light and dark sheep colors. When it's knitted, it looks like the prettiest sock monkey in all the land.
Today, I had to spend the day at the mechanic, due to the fact that I have a 95,000-mile car and it's just about the time where everything is going to break all at once. I did eight rows of the shawl on the Trekking Hands that I can't seem to finish but refuse to rip out, another three inches of garter on the Lion Brand garment I'm making, and I wrote out a couple of logistic ideas for some new patterns mulling around in my head. I did not, however, actually write out the pattern for the sock-monkey sweater. That may be tomorrow's project.
By the time I went to the knitting group, I didn't want to look at either project I worked on all day, so I busted out the Malabrigo. I purchased the color called "lettuce"...it's this distinctive green color that SCREAMS "Winter Scarf For Fall." So I went about casting on and knitting and gossiping...it was a good yarn day.
I'll post pictures of the sock monkey sweater as soon as I can. For now, it's bedtime.