I've been working on this poncho for 18 repeats now. And guess what? finally, and at last, I can actually TALK while working on the pattern. I still have to hold the book in my lap while working, but I'm not moving a sticky from row to row as I go through the 20-row repeat. I have never - barring the Faux Russian Stole and its 90+ row repeat - had this much trouble memorizing a pattern. This isn't even memorized. I can just work it and talk at the same time. Two days ago, I couldn't even work and listen. I've got two more repeats to go before I pick up stitches along the straight edge and start working new patterns in the round. Hopefully those patterns will sink into my memory more quickly.
When I'm not in a place to work on the poncho, I'm working on some simple socks. The bag (with partial doodle mitten) contains the yarns I'll be using in mom's Fair Isle Mittens, which will be started after I finish Guinevere.
Then there's the blue/purple vest in a Fair Isle book I have that is giving me sweet dreams. And the Unst Lace Stole...
Now, for some Finished Objects. There are the Tessellated Socks (which look much like single tessellated socks, but there are two of them.) The Mosaic Socks have striped toes and heels, and use Koigu. That pattern also never made it into my head. Am I getting dense, or am I just tackling harder things?
Lastly, here are two of the three teddy bear sweaters I made while muttering about the Mosaic Socks. The third was made in WoolEase, which was wonderfully drapey and soft to the touch. The two made out of stash acrylics could double for boards, any day. I can literally hold one sleeve by the ribbing and the other sleeve will point straight out. The pattern came from August 1, 2007 Knitting Pattern a Day. Or at least, the pattern for the blue sweater did. The other was was altered so I could knit it in one piece, instead of four. Or two, if you count picking up stitches and knitting sleeves on as 'one piece'