I also made some progress on my Rae tonight at Knit Night. It's really easy to zone out when I'm knitting this pattern because it's so easy but when you put it down you can really see how far I've knit. Keep in mind I've only spent about four hours on it. It looks like this:
I should have no problem completing it by the end of February for the knit-a-long deadline. The colors are working up really well.
While I was at my local yarn store tonight I picked up the yarn for my third sweater of the year. It's seven skeins of Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted in Copper Penny and oh.my.gosh. is it amazing! It's 50% merino wool and 50% alpaca. I've decided that alpaca is the fiber of the gods. I'd love nothing more than to buy a bathtub's worth of this yarn and just lay in it. Not only is this yarn super amazing, it was really hard to choose a color. I finally decided on Copper Penny because I felt it would go best with the pattern I have lined up (which will stay a secret for now). But I'm sure I'll be buying more later on for more sweaters.
Right now I'm kind of in knitting overload where I want to knit seventeen patterns all at once. I have to remind myself to take it slow and enjoy the process. I'm going to force myself to finish all my WIPs before I start my third sweater.