My Old Shale Scarf is finished, just in time for mid-fall weather that's perfect for a lightweight scarf. I'm so glad it's finally done - it took me since May (to do this iteration, not counting the one I ripped out after I messed up eight or ten inches in) and while I didn't find the pattern difficult, really, it probably wasn't the most satisfying choice for my very first real knitting pattern, ever. I had a hard time keeping track of where I was, partly because the yarn I bought is so dark and fine (it's really beautiful, though), and I would get bored after two repeats of the pattern. I am very proud of it though, and I was so excited to wear it for the first time this weekend.
As soon as that scarf was finished, I cast on a new one: Bias, using this wonderful cashmere sock yarn by Tanis Fiber Arts that was made affordable by a Groupon at a local yarn store. I love this pattern, especially after Old Shale - I can go so fast! And while it's a simpler pattern, for some reason it feels less boring. I was happy to spend a three-hour car ride working on this and it's nice to be able to see my progress. Hopefully I'll have another new scarf waiting for me in time for early-spring lightweight scarf weather.