Laura has one. And now I have one, too. My Precious. My Precious Cottontail. Soon to be my Precious Cottontail Cardigan. We all need a Precious, a project that is sheer and utter joy to knit. Not one that you want a whole lot and so work, work, knit, knit, toil, toil to finish so that you can have it (ah, product knitting!), but rather one that you take pleasure in, every stitch, every moment you spend knitting it. Wait... I've become a process knitter?? So long as I have my Precious, I have.
Did I happen to mention that I love this yarn? I should clarify that the Cottontail is more wheaty-tan than smokey-gray. I might just be the biggest gray yarn lover ever, and, I must admit that when I purchased the Cottontail, I was expecting more gray than brown. But it turns out that I love this wheaty-tan. It's nice and subtle.
My Precious will soon be this fabulous Norah Gaughan cardigan. The thing I love most about this cardigan is that it is so full of different textures without being all full of cables. And it has some ingenious shaping in it: instead of decreasing through the waist, you knit sections through the middle with smaller sized needles. Interesting concept, I think. I'm not exactly sure whether or not the Cottontail is a perfect match for this cardigan--it may actually be a tad too thick--but I'm convinced that it will be a beautiful match in the end.
The first section of the back panel is already finished. The lace ribbing is so pretty. I start the next section, a K3, P3 ribbing, on smaller needles.
Off to follow the fiber trail to happy, contented process knitting...