It has been a while since I worked on straight needles. Funny, for most of my life, straights were the only thing I had. If I had to work on a circular needle I would, but those bands..! It was a constant struggle. That wasn't so many years ago. Then they started making the really flexible bands that didn't loop up and hit you in the face and I was hooked. I use them for everything, alone or two at once. Pompa is a small project (not a fast one), and perfect for straight needles. I chose a set of Harmonys, and I am really enjoying them.
Pompa (another new one from Anne Hanson) is one of those patterns that I had to make the minute I saw it. I love the angles. It looked like a knit that I could memorize. Caution here..not so. Anne threw in a little surprise in the form of some texture that takes place in all those triangular spaces. Even though I know that they are there, and can read it when I see it, I can NOT memorize this pattern. I look at the chart before I begin each row. Not even the reverse rows, although you can read them easily if you watch your knitting. With the TV on, I average a couple repeats a night. That translates into about 4". This is a fun knit. It definitely holds my interest.
This is my second project with Ball and Skein's Elise. I wanted to knit with it before it went onto the website. It is beautiful stuff and I am loving it, so that should be in a week or so.