A few odds and ends......
I forgot to mention that my awesome Secret Santa at work (a non-knitter) gave me At Knit's End! What a great little book - I have it in my knitting bag and I just pull it out every once in a while to read random bits. Love it!
She was a great Secret Santa - other gifts included a bottle of Coppola Merlot and a big box of Lush goodies!
Currently on the needles - Tubey:
I'm about 5 inches from finishing the second sleeve. I like the Austermann Mayfair - knits up evenly and smoothly, with nice stretch. The only thing I've done differently so far is to knit an extra MC row after the stripes before doing the increase row - I didn't like how the M1s pulled the contrast yarn up so there were visible jags - you can still kind of see that above but it's not nearly as noticeable.
I did start the sleeves on DPNs and knew right away I'd go insane if I had to knit 41 inches that way. So I pulled out my Magic Loop booklet that Mindy so kindly sent me last year and I fiddled until I figured it out:
I'm still getting a slight ladder at the looping points but that may have more to do with the stretchiness of the yarn than with my technique. I'll have to try it out in a variety of yarns to see. At any rate, I much prefer it to using the DPNs of Satan, and it's also much easier to travel with knitting on a big circular rather than a bunch of little DPNs.
And now - hold on to your hats - I'll leave you with a little cuteness: