When a dear and crafty friend offered to send us each a skein of yarn from Songbird Yarn and Fibres, our youngest child's choice was Northern Parula, to be knitted up into a buddy. After some deliberation, they chose the two buddies in Rebecca Danger's Daphne and Delilah pattern. (Which I actually bought and followed pretty closely: a novel experience for me, as I'm used to making up my own little creatures.)
They are delightful. And from a process perspective, it was such fun to see how the yarn's colors striped and pooled differently when worked at a variety of circumferences.
Pretty much straight-up Victoria Anne Baker's Treads pattern, except I needed to use one size smaller DPNs and leave out a few rows in the second panel of linen ridge. I love the lateral braid technique, a new one for me.
Our basement is a chilly place to sit and type; it's also my partner's new full-time office during the social isolation we're lucky to be able to practice while COVID-19 threatens our communities. (Happy our income still exists; profoundly grateful to the people risking their own health to do vital jobs while we lay low here trying not to be disease vectors.) His hands are especially cold -- so I designed these to fit him and provide some warmth without getting in the way of typing or of long sleeves.
Also to show off some neat slip-stitch colorwork. Yarns: a nice soft something or other from a friend's stash, plus some of the Berroco Ultra Wool left over from my mittens.
A gift inspired by the recipient's affection for the excellent picture book Miss Rumphius and for lupines themselves. Worked mostly in stem, fishbone, lazy daisy, and Quaker stitches, with some French knots and straight stitches thrown in for good measure, in DMC 6-strand cotton embroidery floss, on cream linen.