I'm still pondering what to do with the alpaca, and I really appreciate all your suggestions. For some reason the teddy bear idea is rising to the forefront as appropriate for the mood of the moment, but then I'm still torn about whether to just go with the mood, or hold out for something that is theoretically more perfect. Then again, see the quote above.
So, as I ponder, I have been knitting some socks for spring.
Pattern: Mad Color Weaves, available free on Ravelry downloads, the coolest one-stop shopping ever
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in, er, a pretty spring color
Needles: US 2, after experimentation to find a ratio that didn't pool
Notes: Great pattern. Cushy yarn. It was a little frustrating to find a needle size and cast-on number that didn't pool, though.
Best Thing About This Project: Wearing them at night, after my flipflops!
Pattern: Charade, also a free Ravelry download
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock
Needles: US 1
Notes: Great pattern, great yarn
Best Thing About This Project: The modeled shot is here.
And, last but not least:Thuja
Pattern: from Knitty
Yarn: KnitPicks Memories for a purple-loving friend
Needles: US 2 - love my new KnitPicks dpns!
Notes: Great fun pattern. No issues, no changes
Best Thing About This Project: The perfect gift for one of the readers in our wedding.