Here's what I've been up to in the interim:
My Falling Stars pullover continues. I have finished the body and one of the sleeves, and started sleeve #2 when on one of my medical adventures.
The immense swathes of stockinette are killing me on this sweater and I am definitely discovering the Stockinette Black Hole. The body was the worst as it took fifteen to twenty minutes to complete a row. The 1x1 ribbing wasn't much better. I didn't follow conventional knitting wisdom here and go down a needle size for the ribbing. There were two reasons for this. One, I had lengthened the sweater by a half an inch and wanted to make sure it went over my hips without being too tight. Second, I don't have a 2.5mm needle long enough to do Magic Loop on this sweater and I didn't want to buy another one. The ribbing looks a little stretched, but it will do. I've put the body on an extra cable and the sleeve on waste yarn as I'm not sure about the length. Unless it grows during blocking, I might have to rip out the ribbing on the body and add an extra half an inch to make sure my backside isn't exposed. Since steam blocking is preferred here due to the humidity, I doubt I'm going to get much growth. I'll try it on once I finish the second sleeve and see what I think.
I'm getting a little stircrazy at the moment with my projects. It feels like everything has been on the needles too long and I long to cast on something else. I've got Wendy D. Johnson's Manly Aran socks and the Semi Swedish hat in my queue for my brother, but they are both to be done in grey. Anne Hanson's Almost Ovals scarf is also in the queue, but for my sister-in-law in a purple silk laceweight. None of these are appealing to me. I want something bright to counteract the grey days we are having, and something for me. Maybe something with this yarn:
Especially when it looks like this inside.
This is yarn my friend Siona gifted me when I visited Spain recently. It's from Lithuania and it's a bit rough, but I was thinking of making Gail (aka nightsongs) with it. We shall see. Time for tea.