In other news, I've FINALLY finished the paper-pieced blocks for Hugo's Wheels, and am auditioning sashing, cornerstones and borders. Wanna see? I thought so! This gives you an idea of how it might finish up. The dark blue is too dark (looks much darker in person) and I'll look for something a bit lighter with a slightly more turquoise tone to the blue. The wavy turquoise print for the outer border will stay, and I think the red cornerstones and skinny border will be something close to this. All in all, I'm pleased with how it's looking. Hope to get the piecing finished before we leave in a couple of weeks.
And since it feels very funny not to have a pair of socks on the needles, I decided to use this gorgeous dark green variegated Koigu to make a pair of socks for Ross. The pattern is called Simple SKYP Socks, and it's very fun to knit...relaxing, easy to take along, only two rows to the pattern so you can always tell where you are. I can even talk or watch TV while working on these:
And it's been ages since I reported on this Print O' The Wave shawl/stole. It's my longest WIP, since I started it well over a year ago. A fun knit, but I need concentration and quiet so it often spends time in hibernation. I will, however, run out of yarn before I can finish the knitted-on border. Fortunately, Ravelry friends pointed me to a nice woman in California who is sending me one more skein of this KnitPicks Shadow laceweight yarn in the Sunset colorway, so I can finish this one. Hopefully in this lifetime!