2012 is looking like it's starting out as the year of the stripe for me! Not that that's a bad thing - I love stripes. First, I've been working on my striped Noro scarf and making some real progress - mostly because I can't wait to see what colors come next! I may have cast on a few more stitches than I really needed to - I just picked up a 12" circ and cast on until I could work in the round - turned out to be 99 stitches (I finally counted a round!) It's pretty big, but that's cool. I love the way it's coming out. I just grabbed 2 balls of kureyon sock that looked like pretty different colors, but I've been amazed at how many times I've hit patches of green and purple at the same darn time in both skeins! they're still slightly different enough that they show up as stripes.
Then Billy asked if I could make a striped scarf for him like the Robitussin orangatan. I imagine I can. I actually found some blog posts from people who claim to have made some of the sample scarves - apparently it's a 1x1 rib, which sounds like it's a good plan, whether it's right or not. I think this looks like lime green and dark green - but he says it's black and green, and again, whether it's right or wrong, it's what he wants. I imagine it'll also need to be about a mile long ("now that you've taught me how to wrap a scarf" he says!"
Then today I decided to buy myself a Kieran Foley pattern because I've been wowed by his stuff for years. There are some free Knitty patterns, but I've really been wanting to do Merlin. So that's what I got. It's stripey! I ripped out my Citron this morning because I really love the yarn, but just wasn't crazy about the half circle shape of citron. I also have a skein of laceweight cashmere in pale blue and I'm thinking it might be a cool color combination. Some people on Ravelry have done some really subtly colored stripes - almost to the point you can't see them, but I want some nice defined stripes! go big or go home. i've never used that line before.