In an effort to finish some misc business before diving fully into the Summer of Spinning, I have something to show off.
UF Gator Lap Throw
Since this picture was taken, it's been through the wash/dry cycle several times and the ends have been woven in. It has also been mailed off.....a tad late for my SIL's June 11th birthday. Luckily, not only is it par for the course for his entire family, she's not really going to need this until football season anyway since she's in Savannah, GA. Just in case y'all don't know what that means? It's hooooooooooooot. And sticky - blech.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
Pattern: Tempting from Mile-a-Minute Afghans
Yes, it's crochet. Yes, it's acrylic. Don't judge me, people. First of all, it's a stadium blanket and has to be able to withstand a remarkable amount of filth and abuse. Also, when I started this, I knew nothing of your crazy, addictive, wool-hoarding ways. This, my friends, represents my oldest UFO. I started this YEARS ago and got it about 4/5ths completed before I realized that the urge to poke my own eyes out with my size H plastic crochet hook was starting to be overwhelming. So into a box it went. And then that box went into the back of a closet. Then we moved. Then we moved again. Then we moved a couple more times. Finally, in a fit of finishitis, it came out of it's deep, dark hole and has been weighing on my conscience since. Now it's GONE!
The Gothic Arches scarf has also been recently completed. It just needed to be grafted at the middle, but I'd been putting it off out of fear? boredom? distraction? Who knows, but that same finishitis struck and it's done as well. All it needs now is a good blocking and a photo, both of which I'm planning to do this weekend. Yes, also Klaralund photos. Maybe. Depends on the temperature, really.
I know that some of you are also still waiting on the Hood-less Rogue modification charts, and I just wanted to state for the record that I haven't forgotten, I'm working on it. It's not hard, mind you, it just seems like a cursed project in that every time I set aside some quiet time for it, something else comes up.
And now, for the big question to which I referred yesterday. Ready?
Which lace shawl/stole should I make?
After the disastrously boring 'River' (which is still on the needles, but currently in time out until the next fit of finishitis strikes), I charted out a lacy pattern from one of my books and started the Gothic Arches scarf to prove to myself that I could, in fact, both knit AND enjoy the knitting of lace. So I think I'm ready to pick a pattern, and would love to hear some suggestions. My preference, it seems, is for the non-pointy-triangle-aimed-aimed-at-my-ass patterns, but that's flexible if the pattern moves me. Surely someone out there has a suggestion? Come on Lace-Heads, what would you recommend to someone doing a lace shawl/stole for the first time. Someone who isn't entirely certain that shawls are even really their bag, but who can't seem to stop thinking about them?
Just so you have a reference point, the front-runners currently are:
Stora Dimun Shawl from 'Folk Shawls'
Wool Peddler's Shawl from 'Folk Shawls
Lacy Lattice Stole from Fiddlesticks
Paisley Long Shawl from Fiddlesticks
The Raj Shawl from Fiddlesticks
The Whisper Scarves from Fiddlesticks
NOTE: I'm not necessarily asking for a choice of one of these (though if anyone has knitted any of these and wants to talk about it or vote for it, I'd love to hear from you), it's more of a call for new ideas if you have them.....who wants to help a sister out?