On my needles at the moment I have a scarf being prepared for my daughter, Ess, to wear to school. It is getting rather chilly in the morning and as she has been a little unwell with a barking cough over the weekend, I am very conscious of keeping warm. I wish it was finished. Still, I knit to help me unwind at the end of the day so I will not let thoughts of completion remove the joy of the process of relaxation for me. A little ironic, is it not, that winding a piece of string around some needles will serve to unwind me. :)
I am knitting in royal blue to complement her school uniform. She chose the wool trying so hard to keep her hands away from pink. It is Panda's colourful new range of Toto Kids yarn. They have a lovely pattern book with many interesting projects yet, true to form, I am trying my own thing.
I am exploring texture by knitting a band of waffle stitch (k1, p1, k1 etc...) followed by a band of stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row etc.). The waffle stitch sits nicely and retains its flat shape but is much less soft than the stocking stitch (which rolls in at the sides). We'll see how it goes. I hope it is soft enough for Ess.
Meanwhile...back to my needles.