Now that I've figured out how to upload photos, I just couldn't wait to show you my WIPs.
First of all, I did go ahead on my Red Scarf project, but I decided to do an easier pattern than Obstacles because it would allow me to go faster and hopefully finish by the deadline. I decided on the Slacker Scarf (pdf) from the Garter Belt design team. It is super fast and easy. And I love the yarn handdyed by Jessie of A Piece of Vermont. This is superwash worsted wool in colorway "Rudolf".
And I did finish the body for the first Pea Pod sweater, although this photo was taken before the last 4 rows were done. Sorry for how blurry the photo is. I'm still getting used to the camera. The pattern (pdf) by Kate Gilbert is free from Interweave. The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport in Grass. I plan the second one in Apple and I'll swap the sleeves.
I love the pea pod leaf shape in the ribbing and the YO button holes (no picking up for the button bands - yay!). The lace part was harder, as you had to pay attention both ways, and it didn't really repeat enough to memorize. And for the first time, I got confused in the charts by the YOs that made the subsequent stitches in the row not line up with the stitches they are to be made on. But in the end, I'm very happy and can't wait to start the next! I think sleeves first is definitely the way to go. If only you could do the seaming first....