I’m still knitting away on my baby kimono. My endpaper mitts are one row away from being done with the gusset, and so, with the prospect of having to knit a second one just like it looming, I’m stalling. I find myself focusing more and more on my next projects. In this, I’m aided by some new stuff that I bought while in London last week:

From left: One skein of Trekking XXL in a yummy reddish-brown colourway, five skeins of Rowan Tapestry (earmarked for the Seraphina shawl) and one skein of (gasp!) SeaSilk, the softest yarn I’ve ever touched, in pumpkin. The Trekking and SeaSilk was bought at Stash Yarns, a great little yarn shop in Putney, where I also got Knitting on the Road and Scarves and Shawls: Best of Knitter’s magazine. I also got A Gathering of Lace and Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook.

While I’m blogging my inspiration, I better show you a picture of the yarn I mentioned before, that I bought while home on Christmas holiday:

From left: 200 g Evilla 100 % wool, 100 g silkeuld (70 % wool, 3o % silk) from Nøstebarn, Opal cotton and Opal 4-ply, 4 balls of PT5 Sport for a toddler sweater and three balls of a linen-cotton blend for towels.  

I’ve already started a pair of plain stockinette socks in the Opal cotton. I tried a knitting on the road pattern first, but it was obscured by the self-patterning of the yarn. My defense? I need a small, portable project now that my kimono is growing. The mitts are just a little too involved with the two yarns and the pattern instructions to take on the bus.