I’ve been knitting so many small projects lately, for the ease of finishing them in a week or less. It also gives me a great excuse to try lots of different yarns and I’ve been branching out in my needle choices as well. But I’ve been seduced by a sweater pattern, and like dating, I want to find just the right yarn to settle down with since I’ll be living with it for a while. I think I’ve happened upon the best thing ever–Shalimar Homage DK. I had an argument with myself about whether to go with the fabulously-named color “Land! Katie Scarlett” or the less-fabulous “Lagoon”, but the ” Lagoon” won, and I took a skein home to swatch. It’s just lovely. Smooth, with some subtle color shadings of blue and grey, but not muddy or with any pooling of darker colors. It knits right to gauge and when I washed my swatch (of course I washed it. Don’t you?) it bloomed but didn’t get fuzzy or pill-y. I think I’m going to really enjoy the miles of stockinette stitch my sweater pattern demands, and when it’s finished, I’ll have a soft, beautiful garment that will last forever. I think I’ll knit it on my current favorite needles, Karbonz; and I think I might even drop a hint about getting the Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set, with the 4.5″ tips and 4 different cables. They hold the yarn smoothly while the pointy tips let me knit at top speed, which is a bonus with a sweater that includes pleats and a shawl collar. I’ll call it my “Happy New Year” gift, since Hanukkah is just a memory now. I hope your New Year includes all the yarn you need and some you don’t!