I've been slacking on cross-stitch and doing some knitting instead.
Some new blackwork (back stitch) patterns will appear in my shop next week, from designs I stitched long ago. I knit this floofy pink thing, and then I made the Vortex pattern from Knitty.
The piece looks hard and impressive but it is SO easy! It has a repetitive pattern so you're not peering at instructions every five stitches and it knits up so quickly. I highly recommend it. I couldn't wait to knit it so I used whatever yarn I could muster (aka, not what the hat really demands).