My first project was a 24 hour sprint: Leafy Cabled Scarf by Grace McEwen. I found Grace's designs on Etsy and Ravelry, and think they are really beautiful. I'm always excited to find great knits that can be done quickly with a single skein. Art yarn can be expensive, and while most people can splurge on a skein occasionally - but it's not always easy to find a single skein pattern that is exciting. I recently dyed some DK superwash in a winter multi-colorway that I wanted to try out. I used Kathee's DK in Winterscape, and ended up with this:
I thought at first that the colorway might be a bit too busy for the pattern, but as you can see, the design is quite distinct and the leafy pattern shows well. I modified the pattern just a bit: I eliminated the cables on the neckband so that it would lay open wider, and put a slit on one side so that one leaf cluster would feed through the slot and the scarf would stay closed on its own.
I am so happy with the way this DK superwash handles and will be carrying it on a regular basis.
I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing for my second project - it's a toss up between nordic stranded mittens or lacy cabled mittens. Spring is not quite here in the Pacific Northwest, so there's plenty of time to enjoy mittens and scarves. Take a look at the rest of KnitChickGrace designs - there are several fantastic one skein wonders!