I return, with an FO and some WIPs! I'm finally settled into my apartment, which comes complete with tilted windows, rickety furniture, wheezy air-conditioning, and a steep old staircase. I love it. Pictures soon.
Last weekend, I went home for the weekend to witness the high school graduation of my only sibling. Despite spending almost as much time in transit as I did at home, (Washington, DC, to small town, rural Washington state, is not an easy or convenient trip), it was totally, absolutely worth it. I saw my family:
And I finished some knitting! As you may recall from this post, my aunt was in an accident early this spring (see crutches, above). She's fine, but will take some time to recover fully, so I thought a cheer-up present was in order. I FINALLY finished the knitting, literally just as the second of my two flights to get home was touching down--I had planned on finishing all three balls of yarn, but I figured it was long enough (and OK, yeah, I was so bored that the thought of knitting one more repeat was enough to make me want to vomit up alpaca and silk).
Here it is pre-blocking:
Soft, velvetly, luxurious alpaca/silk blend. Looks like crap right now. Hooray for blocking!
I pinned it out to dry, and then when it was nearly there, lay it out in the sun (time was a-ticking--I wanted to present it to my aunt later that night--and plus I have the attention span of a gnat and I wanted it to be done NOW).
Look at that nice lace!
The rocks are to protect it from a) wind, and b) curious dogs.
And here it is! I'm really very, very pleased with myself (she says oh-so-modestly). The drape is so lovely when it's blocked; it's substantial, but not heavy. It grew both in width and length when I blocked it--good, because it was little short before on account of I am, as we all know, incredibly lazy. And I made lace!! I really did! Not just feather and fan--real, honest-to-goodness, following a chart lace!!
Project: Alpaca Silk Scarf (I know, I know, I'm so creative with the titles I can hardly stand it. Let's move on).
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK, about 2 3/4 balls of "Bright Red." (Although slightly deeper than "bright," if you ask me, but no one does). Lovely, lovely stuff. I would knit a giant blanket with it and carry it around everywhere I went, if I wouldn't have to sell a kidney or two to do so. Purchased on sale at the very excellent Yarn Barn.
Needles: Clover bamboo, size 7 circs. My mother found them for me at a yard sale, and it wasn't until I started knitting that I realized that one end was sort of...well, chewed up. Honestly, it looked someone's cat (or kid...dunno...) had been chomping on it. Not enough to make a huge difference, but it did catch on the yarn once in awhile. Weird. I would probably be debating buying new needles right now, and probably with cheapness winning out, except I can't find the needles anymore (I probably left them at home) so moot point.
Pattern: my own. Lace pattern from here, three repeats across with three selvedge stitches on each side. Pretty easy!
All in all, a success. I'm glad I did my first real lace project with DK weight yarn, too--now I'm much more confident with my chart-reading abilities, and I feel like I'm ready to move onto the real thing.
Next time: almost a sock, almost a sweater, and why I'm once again disregarding gauge completely. Woohoo!