My poor beast-o-mine-o has been under the weather the past two days. Dealing with the yuckies is pretty common when we visit my folks--for some reason she always gets sick within the first few days of our arrival. So while she was napping, sipping watered down apple juice (yes, I'm one of THOSE moms), and watching what seemed like a never ending Ni Hao Kai-Lan / Wow Wow Wubbzy marathon, I finally got cracking on my Plain Spoken quilt that I originally mentioned here.
Collecting fat quarters of Kona Cotton is addictive. I even ordered the color card from Pink Chalk Fabrics, and still managed to buy way more than planned. But I think I finally have my palette sorted, the fabric is cut, and I'm ready to start piecing on my mom's Singer which kind of scares me (the machine, not the piecing!) since it's a "commercial" machine that sews much faster than I'm used to, but I'm hopeful I'll figure it out -- I'm so spoiled with my auto-everything Bernina!
I'm also making progress on the HeMangyle vest (Ravelry link) for my man. I wouldn't say that intarsia in the round is kicking my ass exactly, but I do cringe a tiny bit when I hit the argyle portion after the easy la-la-la knitting in the round. Learning new techniques is awesome, but it's hard being a beginner at things, especially when the thing you're making is for someone else!