Pattern: Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl, by Susan Pierce Lawrence. Available here. Very well-written pattern that contains tips and tricks for knitting lace, simple row instructions, and two charts. This is a Mother's Day present for my stepmom. It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but my interpretation of the "Flower Basket Shawl" pattern was disastrous.
Yarn: Alpaca With A Twist Fino, 70% alpaca, 30% silk, 100g ball. Held double-stranded and used 60g of yarn.
Needles: Addi Natura size 8
Modifications: Well, obviously, the yarn. The pattern calls for Wool in the Woods but I wanted to see if I could use this yarn instead. I worked 11 repeats of the body pattern instead of 10. I had enough to do more but after that each repeat encompassed about 1600 stitches and I didn't really want it huge.
Finished size: about 30" x 50" after blocking
Started / finished: Friday April 6 / Saturday April 14
Blocking this piece was another experience that left me equally excited and terrified. Would it open up like I thought it would? Was I pinning it too tightly? Would the cat PLEASE get off the thing? I don't think I'll be knitting a shawl again anytime soon. Though this was fun to make, I am not a shawl kind of gal.
As a treat for finishing this on time, I bought myself "Favorite Socks" last night. I may start with those intarsia footlets. I'm fairly fascinated by PGR's ultimate intarsia technique. Best I can tell, she has you knit the sock with one right-side and one wrong-side row each round, so both yarns end up in the same place. I've got some wool in the stash for them, at any rate.