The purple sock has recovered from Wash's antics:
The pattern is Embossed Leaves, from Interweave Knits W05. This one has been in my queue for a long time, but it always seemed to call for a solid colorway and I ALWAYS knit socks with variegated yarn. Then I moved and discovered a huge, forgotten portion of my stash (truly. huge. it was frightening) including two skeins of Louet Gems fingering weight, plain deep purple. And we were leaving for a 5-hour drive to Boston and I needed a portable project that I already had the right needles for and wouldn't need to worry about gauge too much. Boom. Socks.
Fall is starting to set in here and it's giving me crazy amounts of nostalgia for back-to-school shopping. And apples. Winter squash. Leaves falling. All that crap. So I started a sweater.
Another pattern that's been on my list forever: the Hourglass Sweater from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. The yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8 Ply.
On Twitter I've been following Eddie Izzard as he runs around the perimeter of the UK for charity. In a YouTube diary entry he's running with some ultra-marathoners who are talking about an ultra being "30% physical and 70% mental" and whether some people have the mental strength to just RUN that far. I have a feeling this sweater is going to be like a tiny knitting ultra-marathon for me. I do want the finished product. But wonder whether I have the mental fortitude for so much plain stockinette. At least it's not freaking lace-weight like the Whisper Cardigan that's currently banished to the depths of my cedar chest.