It’s fun being internet friends with talented knitwear designers. Sometimes they let you test knit upcoming patterns in your own yarn, and let you tell them your remarks on their as of yet unpublished pattern.
Like, for example, this gorgeous beanie:
Meet Poprocks, a quick and fun beanie knit from my own Biography DK yarn! The colorway is OOAK, for now. I have one skein left in the shop of this colorway, so go check it out if you are so inclined! It was designed by the talented Olgajazzy (Olga Buraya-Kefelian, http://www.ravelry.com/designers/olga-buraya-kefelian ). Olga is amazing, amazing at cleverly designed patterns that have a geometric twist. They’re visually simple, as is the Japanese aesthetic she draws from, but not simple or boring to knit.
Also on the needles: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lelah/downton-abbey-mystery-kal-with-jimmy-beans-wool The Jimmy Beans Wool DOWNTON ABBEY KAL! I’ve never knit gauntlets before, believe it or not. The KAL is pretty fun, too.