DK weight charcoal-black with bright tweed bits
Near-Bulky weight two-ply brownish gray and light blue
Both yarns are wool, and both are about equally scratchy (how much do you think fabric softener will help with that?). I would double up the DK to knit it like a bulky yarn. The stitch pattern will either be stockinette or 2x2 ribbing. Yes, I know that these aren't the best pictures to work with when trying to help me make a decision, but you'll have to complain to my real camera about that. My poor phone is just doing the best it can. Any and all feedback very appreciated! And if you're a knitter, I'll even give you some (or all) of the leftover yarn, if you like. (Yes, I realize that was a totally blatant attempt to rid myself of some of my stash).
I know I promised book-related content in this post, so here goes, though to be honest I have done a lot more knitting than reading this week. This morning on the train, though, I got stalled on Liz's wrist warmers, so I picked up The Joy of Knitting, which Taz gave me a little while ago (Thanks!). It's a fast read, and so far I'd give it mixed reviews. One moment, she sounds almost as feminist as the intro to this book, the next she's writing as if all knitters are women with husbands and babies, and the next she's all business and practical advice on choosing yarn. That makes the book a little hard to follow, but I did learn a few new things in the chapter on fiber. There are also some good poems quoted in it, and it's given me food for thought regarding why I love knitting so much. So I don't know if it's a book for everyone, but I'm still glad I have it. And hey, there's a pattern at the end of every chapter, so I'll definitely be using it for some of those!
Meanwhile, I get more and more excited each day about our December trip to here:
Map Courtesy of Lonely Planet
Actually, we'll also be going to Bangalore and seeing some other amazing sights in other parts of India. Mostly, I'm just happy to be going at all, and it's even better that I'll be going there with the one I love, and getting to spend time with his wonderful family as well. Sigh... I'm SOO lucky!