My lunchtime knitting: 

Deep Rose Cabled Beauty - in progress

is Deep Rose Cabled Beauty. I can't remember its given name, but I think it's from VK. The color is a deep rose, not nearly as bright as the photo suggests. I started it a year ago and finally decided to pick it up again. I've knit a full big diamond in the last week. It may be done by next February.

The yarn is naturally dyed wool from Tregelly's Fiber Farm in Hawley, MA, bought a few years back. Their natural dyeing studio is called Botanical Shades, and their one page "website" for years has said "coming soon". There's veggie matter in the yarn reminiscent of Noro Kureyon and the texture is a little scratchy but knit up it's not scratchy. With the stitch pattern and the non-smooth yarn, I do tug on stitches to keep even tension, and apparently my right index finger is doing a lot of work because it gets achy like it's being strained. Continental knitters, do you get that?

Last night I cast on for Picovoli:

Picovoli beginnings

Rats, I was gonna have you guess what it was. Ah well. The yarn is Classic Elite Provence, a shiny crisp mercerized cotton that feels wonderful. I had begun a Red Vest with it back in '98 that didn't get very far. Besides the fact that I don't wear vests, the biggest reason for its pokiness was the wrong needles. These bamboos feel so right. The color is a deep gorgeous red, which is why I couldn't bear to part with it. Imagine the deeper color above with the crisp shininess of the swatch below:

Picovoli swatch

Deep Rose and Deep Red. Coincidence? Is Project Spectrum gifted with prophecy? Has it subconsciously invaded my knitting colorscape?