yes thats a finished object. and a big one too, not just some little mitts or socks. according to ravelry, i started this in june last year. oops. so nearly 12 months on the needles, although it did hibernate for a while. the only way i got it finished in the end was to put everything else aside and just do it. the longest part was the edging. it seemed endless.
but it finally came off the needles on thursday night,
and i was home sick on friday, so it had a quick bath and then i blocked it outside in the gorgeous autumn sun.
i think you’re not meant to do that but i wanted to wear it on the weekend and it wasnt going to dry inside. as far as blocking goes, i knew it had grown in the water, just length wise really, which is what you’d expect from a heavy weight lace project. it opened up beautifully and i just laid it flat and pinned out the points. every single last one of them. it didnt take long to dry and when i picked it up i nearly cried it was so lovely and smooth.
i am pretty confident that there are no mistakes in the pattern, i was pretty ruthless about ripping back something i wasnt happy with, including the graft (which now lies beautifully flat and seamless). i wore it on sunday to the annual old bus depot markets pilgrimmage. it wasnt a particularly cold day, and thats a lot of scarf to have about your neck
but its not the least bit scratchy (it is alpaca/silk after all) and it was really easy to wear.
i love this yarn, i have one and a half skeins left to maybe make a hat with. the pattern worked really well in it and the pattern itself was fantastic. jared writes a beautiful pattern, and this had all the right shetland techniques, two halves grafted so that the pattern flowed in the same direction, a tree and diamond motif, and a gorgeous knitted on border, including really easy to follow instructions for getting around the corners.
i would definitely make this again, but in a lace weight yarn this time. i got lots of nice comments on it, and margarita took these photos at the markets, where i was remarkably restrained,
buying only one of michelle’s excellent project bags, some sock yarn for a friend who’s having a rough time and needs some cheering, and some bc garn baby alpaca from suzyhausfra, who had her first stall at the markets. and boy was she popular! it was great to meet her in person and see the stall doing so well. i also had an excellent time visiting with my favourite canberra family. we played lots of games, ate cake for mama’s birthday and went to see james’ drawing in a local art show. in his skinny jeans and black tshirt he was very much an artist in the making!
its lovely to have little people who are excited to see me and sad to see me go, and then its lovely to come home to a quiet house again. im feeling a little poorly today, sore throat, head ache but i have a big deadline at work this week so i am in the office soldiering on. i would rather be home knitting though. so many more projects to get off the needles! what will it be next?!