Yarn of the month yarns for January all swatched out.
My favorite, by far, is the Bly Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. Insanely soft. Hoping to make a stuffed animal for Z for his birthday out of that one. Projected gauge was 4 st/inch but I actually knit it at 3.5 st/inch on the recommended US 8 needles.
Next, in order of preference, is the O-Wool classic from Vermont Organic Fiber Co. Nice stictch definition and not itchy (by the hold the swatch against your neck method). If you're looking to stick with organics it's a the all-purpose flour. But nothing extraordinary.
The other two - 2ply by Imperial Stock Ranch and Worsted WEight by Carodan Farms - are admirable for their ethics but too brittle for my taste.
The entire exercize of knitting the watches was great and I look forward to future months. The goal is to actually use the yarns I like. With you as my witness, I will locate a pattern for the Blue Sky yarn and knit from it.
Finished a pair of the "International Socks of Doom" for myself out of the exquisite Lorna's Laces DK. Heaven.
A dishcloth for Karla, the first of three. I loved the one she sent me for our Swapbot Dishcloth Swap so much that I emailed asking if we could do a little mini-swap. Subsequently discovered she was, unfortunately, stiffed by her partner. Shame shame shame. I hope to make it up to her starting with my old standard. Plans to branch out and try some other patterns for the other two. Any suggestions?