First things first - the Girlfriend Socks are done! They are photographed, but I won't post the pics until the intended recipient has them in hand. (I don't want to ruin the surprise!) I'll miss using the Shaeffer Nichole sock yarn, as it is a pleasure in color, texture, and fabric. But I'm moving on.
Right now I'm having a romance with camelid products - alpaca, camel, guanaco, llama, suri, and the other fibers from the camel family. They come in light and heavy, long staple and short staple, breathable, wicking, stain resistant, and more. For folks like me with a wool allergy, they are a huge relief. They allow us to knit soft snuggley things without itchy hands!
This is exciting for me because I'm about to launch into an alpaca project for me. I don't knit for myself very often (it's very hard to fit me in!) and have chosen a brioche stitch vest. Since I haven't done brioche stitch since I learned it 20 years ago, this is a bit of an undertaking. I've chosen to precede it with a brioche stitch scarf to even out my stitch and tension before I launch into my vest. The pattern can be found here. I haven't cast on yet, and have a nutso day today, but I'm hoping to get into it tomorrow. I'd love company if anyone is in the mood for a knit-along!