I've been making good progress on the Autumn Lace Scarf and the Smooshy Socks in the last week (when I've had a little time to knit), but all those tiny, intricate stitches have been kind of getting to me. The scarf requires a lot of focus, and the socks are on tiny needles, and I've been thinking about how nice it would be to actually finish a project. So when Liz posted about starting Fantine (Rav Link), I started thinking about making one too. I picked up the pattern and the yarn (Rowan Big Wool) yesterday, and I'm already about 25% done. Very gratifying!
I used this yarn for a last minute Christmas gift this past year, and although I'm not a huge fan of chunky yarn I liked working with it. It's chunky but very light, and I think that this shade of gray will be very versitile. The pattern is cute, but I'm not sure if it's going to look very good on me (at least in the short term). It could be a train-wreck, but with such a small investment of time I'm willing to give it a try. For the time being, I'm planning to do the 3/4 length sleeves, and I started with the scoop neck rather than the Mandarin Collar. I might give the cap sleeves a try, though!