I've also been busy doing some swatching for the "up next" project ideas I've had banging around in my head for a bit. I've got 2 different sets of items I want to work on next - one will be a shawl collection based on locales from the book An Enchantment of Ravens which I read about a month ago and absolutely LOVED. I won't have these on a specific roll-out schedule, but I do want to get going on the one related to Summerland. I've created a 5-skein palette for this one on a brand-new yarn base (merino/cashmere/silk fingering weight).
This design will have lace and beads and LOTS of gorgeous color to it. I wanted a color group that reminded me of summer roses, so I went with pinks and roses and just a hint of a grape-plum color for a bit of contrast. I ordered a whole pile of beads to play around with, so I can see which ones work best with the yarn colors. I plan to work on charting and an initial draft for this one on Friday.
I've also been mulling over some ideas for a menswear group (with unisex sizing), and I've decided on yarn and color palettes for the first two. Sweater #1 will feature some fall colors in a colorwork patterned pullover. Yarn will be the classic Finullgarn from The Yarn Guys. I swatched a half dozen or so options this past weekend using this color palette.