I have had thoughts on my project ideas, so I'm behind in getting them down in pixels. For the baby present, I really wanted to incorporate St. John's cross, the symbol for happiness, but a knotwork dragon, border, and cross would just be too much. Enter the dragon skin stitch from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury, from NoNoKitty at A Fiberholic Life. Danielle is planning a sweater, but it would make a great border for my piece -- subtle, so it does not compete with the knotwork, but part of the same theme. So Fafner in the center top, baby's name in runes along the bottom, dragon skin stitch around the four sides (like a frame), and the St. John's cross in the corners. I don't have a very clear picture of what I want the yarn to look like, other than the color (bright purple!).
I'm also still thinking about the labyrinth as a shadow shawl. Upon inquiry, I've been informed that curves don't take to shadow shawl knitting well. But I still have this inner conviction, that if I do it in a fine enough yarn, cut down the size of the pattern (the inner half of the labyrinth), and make the piece big enough, the transitions might be gradual enough to make it work. It might make me insane, but work. I also need to start thinking about the yarn -- I want something with a little sheen, and that would make very stiff purls that would "pop". For colors I want a rich chestnut brown, and a creamy off-white. I briefly considered a more varigated brown (that Schaefer Anne is addictive!), but the pattern will have enough challenges without dealing with varigation, also.