Here is the much belated photo of my Branching Out Scarf. It didn't turn out quite as long as I wanted, but it was a stash buster project and actually, the length is fine for a dressy scarf (just not the multi-wrap sort). It's a great pattern. I may make another one some time in the New Year.
For my final hollowware project, I managed to mix knitting and metalsmithing. I really love working with wire and textile techniques. It's kind of an addiction of mine. I don't know if anyone has ever read the short story, The Collector of Hearts, by Joyce Carol Oates, but this assembled piece is dedicated to it. The heart-vessel gets tidily wrapped up in fabric, and is meant to be kept inside the knitted copper sac. (It doesn't look like copper, as I dipped it in a mixture of liver of sulfur and ammonia to give it an incadescent sort of colouring).
Today, a friend came over for a knitting session. I'm teaching her how to knit socks, but she is left-handed, which means everything she does looks vaguely alien to me, while everything I do probably looks alien to her as well. I'm not sure I'm going to be all that helpful! While she was here I completely frogged the mittens (Meida's Mittens) I was working on. After finishing one, I still didn't love them. The cuff length was awkward - long but not pinched in at any point - and I couldn't figure out who would want such a thin pair of mittens in this cold climate. Instead, now I'm using the yarn for a pair of socks from Folk Socks.
No matter what, I'm looking foward to doing a lot more knitting over the holidays, and having a slightly lighter course load next semester so that I can knit madly through the winter months.