I've started a Ravelympics team called Team Sprout, and we already have 11 or so members! I'm trying to be a good captain by being informative and all that jazz. The whole point is to pick a project that is challenging to you, and that type of thing is different for every person. I'm really excited about the Ravelympics. I'm going to be a bit crazy here and try the blackberry cabled cardigan (photo from Rav):
I'm going to use Knitpicks Swish DK for this one because I just don't want to spend a ton of money. I'm going to do Stilwell with Jo Sharp (did I mention that I found out that the pattern will be available in April?), and that's going to be about $100 or so. Therefore, I'm going with the cheap stuff. I could go cheaper and use the Knitpicks Telemark yarn (100% peruvian wool), which would be a whole $30, but at $50 total, I'll splurge for the superwash Swish. I'm going to use the Garnet Heather colorway. See, I'm challenging myself. Just getting away from blue is a challenge for me.
I've started an entrelac scarf with my blue malabrigo worsted. If you remember, I originally used this yarn for my owls sweater, and it striped so oddly that I frogged the sweater in frustration. I think it does a much better job in entrelac. See?
Entrelac is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. It's only a bunch of short rows and picking up stitches. Easy peasy.
I'm adding another resolution to my list. I need to learn to knit continental style. I am a thrower. Throwing is holding the yarn in your right hand, and continental is holding it the left hand. I tried to be all clever and start a dishcloth that had both knits and purls (and I used cotton yarn), but I ended up tying my fingers together. So, I went and grabbed some boring wool yarn from the stash and I've just been knitting along. I still haven't gotten my gauge standardized because I keep forgetting which way to hold the yarn. I'll get it eventually. I need to be able to knit both ways so that fair isle will be easier.