With projects like this, I have found that stepping away and letting the project rest is good. So, while I'm resting I'll share some things that have brought a smile to my face recently.
Kumihimo braids. These two braids were made by my youngest daughter. Her instructor was her oldest sister. The yarns are all thrums. We spent a fun hour one snow day going through my thrums finding yarns for both girls to use. Oh, and the "extra" loops on these bracelets are for my daughter's thumbs. Don't ask me why, but that's how she likes to wear them--on her wrist and on her thumb!
While the girls have been braiding, I have been spinning cotton. This is one of Robin Edmundson's dyed rovings spun and plied into a 2-ply yarn. I may even have a project for this instead of just a spot in my handspun cotton box! I love Robin's colors and fiber preparations. This was wonderful to spin, and I love the bright, cheery greens especially since we are in the middle of cold and snow!
This next photo is a project in the development phase. I blended some of the bright pink silk with two colors of alpaca and spindle spun it to see if I would like the yarn....I think they are lovely yarns and I would like to weave a shawl with these. Maybe it would be mostly brown with three narrow white bands at one edge woven in an all-over crepe twill. Maybe it will become something else! I need to make final decisions as to how much silk to blend with the alpaca. I'm leaning towards 20% by weight silk to alpaca.