The cashmere scarf
Last year about this time, I blogged about the scarf pattern I wrote for Signature Needle Arts. The yarn I used for that scarf was a wonderful merino/cashmere blend in the softest pink color -- I loved it. So when I saw a skein of 100% Mongolian cashmere with the same yardage (200 yards) at half price, I knew exactly what I would knit with it and for whom. This someone adores this color (a deep eggplant) and would feel a single itchy guard hair if it existed at all in a knitted garment -- and there isn't the tiniest itch to this. Knitting it is enjoyable enough that I don't want to put it down.
It's these little luxuries that I enjoy knitting so much -- when a single skein of yarn is so dear and expensive that to knit a sweater with it would be excessive; to knit socks with it would be just silly. But as something to enfold a neck, it's perfect.
The project bag I'm using is a new favorite: Pretty Cheep Project Bag. I've given these as gifts, and finally got one of my own when the shop got the bright green.