Maybe it's something to do with being ill, or the recent cold snap, or simply boredom with hand quilting (why yes, hand quilting a kingsize quilt is slow, thank you for asking), but my urge to knit cosy warm things has not been sated. Having cast off Teddy's hat and scarf (and temporarily abandoned the mittens mission, at least until I find a pattern that explains thumbs for idiots), I immediately cast on for a baby blanket. Yup, baby knitting has officially begun. More details on it here (Ravelry link).
And, since the baby blanket is in absolutely no rush to be finished (indeed, I'm rather enjoying knitting a row here, a row there, and generally having the blanket grow alongside me throughout this pregnancy), I also cast on for a cowl. Plus, as Adam will attest, I am a women who likes to have a warm neck (allegedly I own an unreasonably number of scarves. I disagree. And anyway, this is a cowl, not a scarf. And I'm not making excuses. Honest).
Also, I can only apologise for the zany lighting on that shot. We have a new, slightly cleverer camera (I am nowhere near upgrading to a digital SLR, although I like the idea of doing so one day), and I'm having fun playing round with all the settings. Of course, it means I can no longer take a halfway sensible photo, but I'm sure I'll get there...
The cowl, by the way, is the Honey Cowl, knit in Colourmart DK cashmere (in a pink that really is about as vivid as it appears above). I want it to be finished right now so I can snuggle up in it. I have visions of knitting some matching Toast wristwarmers, but am aware that could be a teeny bit of pink overkill.
In slightly-less-interesting-news, I am finally (I think, touch wood, fingers crossed etc etc) beginning to feel a bit better. I've been more or less wiped out for two weeks now with one thing or another, and our entire little family has been ill at one time or another during that period. Winter bugs suck, but are slowly being defeated in this household.