Also, taught my sister how to knit (and purl). Swatches and stories to follow, pending permission.
This was my first large project; finishing led to a flurry of knitting activity. I've been scoping out patterns for the kitchen curtain, and have narrowed it down to about eight patterns, mostly from Barbara Walker's First Treasury. I would like to get down to five before swatching. I cast on and almost finished a pair of fingerless mittens (they are just sans thumb). As a status update, I'm almost 3/4 of the way through the first shadow shawl. Oh yes, and I bought yarn for two more projects: a shadow shawl and fingerless mittens for my sister. Pics and more indepth stories to follow.
And, what I'm currently excited about, I've learned something new! Two-color brioche stitching, from a free class at Borealis Yarns. It is a reversible pattern, like double knitting, except with yarnovers over the slipped stitch (this means each strand must be knitted across separately). It is very stretchy, and good for things like scarves, shawls, and afghans. Closeup to show the stitch pattern on the scarf, knit with Silk Garden and Mandalay Silk on #9 (typical needle size for stockinette is #7). The scarf will use 1 skein Silk Garden, so the color transitions are very gradual.
The full scarf, about 1/3 of the way through the skein: