I've been mostly working on a cross-stitch sampler. After several days of intense work, I burned out and started looking for something new to knit.
I found an advent calendar sock yarn pattern that is really fun. We have a basic toe-up pattern and supply a bunch of sock yarn leftovers. Every day from December 1-24 we get instructions on what colors to choose. On day 1, you knit one round. On day 2, you knit two rounds. On Christmas Eve, you have a new pair of socks to wear. I'm trying to stick with a group of colors that I think will play well together. I'll select the colors based more on that than the exact color that the instructions tell you to use.
The day 1 instruction was to pick a color based on what time it was when you started knitting. You look at a color wheel and see where the little hand would be pointing if you put a clock on top of it. My color was orange so I picked a yarn that had a peachy-orange in it. There are two ways of doing the sock. Some will be doing plain stripes. I'm doing it the colorwork way where we do patterns. Day 1 was knit 3 of the main (toe) color, knit 1 of the color of the day.
Day 2 was unexpected. You pick a date, such as your birthday. You convert that number into binary (there's a link to a converter). That give you the pattern. It is a zeros and ones so the zeros are the main color and the ones are the contrast color. You use your birthday again with another converter to get the color. Two rounds with purple.
My other active project is the new Club Mac (as in Macbeth) sock. It is called Knock, Knock, Knock. I don't know enough about Shakespeare to understand the reference. I do like the pattern. It's very cable-y. Cableish? Whatever. I've only got the cuff done on one sock so far:
Now go see what Tammy has been up to.