It's huge. I had to use six blocking boards. (I hurt my neck pinning it all out... I need to clean my craft room.) The nupps show up much better now.
Here is a finished but unblocked closeup of the beads. The Lilac Wish Lace pattern is excellent. It's both charted and written. I thought it was nice and clear and easy to follow. It shouldn't have taken me as long as it did. If I hadn't dawdled I probably could've gotten it done in a month. Now that its December and I'm starting to look forward to 2015, I should admit I didn't knit 12 shawls in 2014. This is number seven. I am hoping to at least start number eight before the year is out.
I've also finished the hat Helen requested. I don't have finished pictures of it though. Even though its just a hat, I think I'm going to block it, since its an alpaca blend and supposed to be a slouchy style. This is the pattern I used: Earthen. It's a great simple pattern, the texture it creates is pretty great too. I think I like the inside better than the outside. If I was to make it for myself I would wear it inside out. Alrighty, that's pretty irrelevant unless you can seen what I'm yapping about. Next time.
So onto the new yarn acquisitions. I did a bit of Webs ordering on Thanksgiving. I got an order for a hat from another co-worker. She wanted a specific color and a specific fiber content, so I figured I better go big if I was to find what I wanted. I got this:
Lotsa bamboo in this one. The colorway is fawn. I was hoping it would be a bit darker, like the image on my screen, but alas, that's the downside of online ordering. Since I was there picking out goodies for other people, a little something for me sort of fell into my cart.
When I say little... that might be a gross understatement. Because that's a 1lb, yes 1 pound of Valley Yarn Franklin Natural sock yarn. I don't know for sure yet what I'm going to make. I'm going to dye it, that's definite but at this point I'm thinking cardigan or several shawls. It's 1800 yards so I have plenty for a cardigan which is why I'm leaning that way thus far. Ya know what I paid for it? I bet you think it was like a guzillion smackers right? Wrong. 18.99! (It was on sale, they normally ask 24.99) But seriously, I feel like I stole it. Of course I've never used this yarn before, so I hope to heck I like it, cuz a bought a freekin pound of it. I've been hearing good things about Valley Yarn in general and you never know 'til you try it right! More updates on this later. (I have a feeling winding this off the cone is going to be a pain in the backside.)
That's it for now. More picture of finished items will be forthcoming. Until later. Happy Crafting!