As for knitting, my knitting group is doing a knit-a-long (or KAL) using the Sugared Violets pattern. I just got started, using Madeline Tosh Merino Light. Even though I've only gotten a few inches along, I am completely impressed with this yarn. Its fabulously soft and has a beautiful drape. I've already ordered enough to do a sweater later this year.
This is my attempt:
And this is what it should look like when it's done:
I'm also about 60% of the way through the adorable Spring Garden Tee. I'm using Cascasde Ultra Pima cotton yarn, which has a beautiful sheen.
This is what it should look like: