I am hoping for a nice waffle effect, It is my current traveling knitting for the bus, but as it takes a little more concentration it isn't going as fast as the rib one did, if I attempted this while half asleep I have a funny feeling I would make a few mistakes! I also have a complete photo of the second neck warmer for you...
I cast on around 80 stitches and it does look really very small when it is sat on the desk but i have tried it on and the ribbing means it is super stretchy, I am thinking nice and snug against the cold wind. A little Ravelry mention for a second, as I have mentioned before I am a member of the RAK group on there, and I am just popping a little progress picture up for a lovely lady who sent me lots of embroidery threads (as well as some milkybar buttons!)
As you can see I have wound a lot of the skeins, but there are still lots and lots more which are safely tucked into the drawer for when I run out of these ones, so hopefully there will be some occasional embroidery content on here! Though admittedly not until after christmas, I have far too much knitting to do. Now back to acquisitions, this time of the fibrous kind. When I was in Dublin me and John visited a lovely yarn shop called This Is Knit, the two little corner stores in the shopping center were lovely, filled with luxury and basic yarns, i got to touch some Tilli Thomas (around €30 a skein) and as well as some real Irish tweed. I spent my pennies (or rather cents) on something else though, the Dublin Dye Company's Merino Sock. This is yarn dyed by the owner of the store and it is incredibly soft, machine washable, and the most beautiful peach colour. I have decided to make the Hermione Everyday Socks from Ravelry with it when John has sent me my 2.25mm circ (I actually started and had to pull it out to leave)
My final bit of Yarn Porn (coined by Lime n Violet) is this:
This, is Malabrigo. I had heard of the amazing softness of Malabrigo and now I have experienced it first hand, it is unbelievably soft, perfect for John's sensitive chin and neck. I went for the worsted weight for the neck warmer so it is a bit chunky, it is really cold over there in Dublin so it should come in handy, and I went for an unusual colour called blue graphite, it looks black until the light shines on it and you see the deep blue shining in it, I am quite tempted to get a skein for myself. I wont be showing this knit up until it is finished because he checks this, but I cannot wait to start on it!