Here's a look at what's on my needles.
I mentioned that I was working on a Halcyon. It hasn't gotten very far, as you can imagine if you're familiar with the pattern, but I am making progress. This is my first time cabling without a cable needle, and I love it. It goes so much faster without the extra hardware, and once you get the hang of it, it's much easier than juggling a third needle. If you're interested, here's a good tutorial.
While cable knit sweaters are wonderful, what with the weather taking a turn for the cooler (yay), I'm not always in a position to knit while looking at charts these days. Plus, there are some days when I just need a wind down, and cable charts are not relaxing to me. The A Nice Ribbed Sock pattern by Glenna C fits the bill perfectly. It's simple, requires only a small amount of brain power, and can be put down at any moment. Even better, I have size 10.5 feet, and she wrote this pattern for her feet, which are size 11, so I don't have to do any conversions!!!
Added to that, it fits wonderfully in my brand spanking new Namaste Hipster. While I spent the bulk of the last year carrying (and loving) my huge Namaste Hermosa bag, I needed to scale back the amount of stuff I carried with me. I've become the pack horse for another person who needs a lot of crap and can't be bothered to carry any of it. I wanted something the right size to carry a small project and my essentials. I knew I would love this bag when I heard about it a little while back, but when I saw this blog post about it, I knew I had to have it. Handily, my LYS ordered some, so I had one on reserve. I lurves this bag! The main pocket fits my sock project and pattern, my cell phone, iPod and headphones, keys, tiny wallet, and sunglasses (and I'm pretty sure I could jam a spare diaper in there if I needed to). In the smaller front pocket, I can put extra needles (I use the tiny circulars for socks), spare stitch markers, a row counter, and tapestry needle (and there's still room). It's utilitarian but attractive, and has a great long strap, so I can carry it cross body. I really like the fabric, and the whole thing feels sturdy and durable. All of this, and it's small enough to fit inside NA's diaper bag, when necessary. Yay!