Anyhow I decided to take a detour inspired by some brightly coloured and not-so-expensive yarn I came across at Michael's. I'd forgotten how fast knitting can be on giant needles with yarn as thick as a pencil! I'm loving the results.
I threw together this chunky scarf, which will be a gift:
I also quickly ran up a blue one for my son who said he liked it.
Now on a chunky roll, I grabbed some violet wool I'd had my eye on for a while which was very inexpensive and on special offer: