Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Goodness, I can hardly believe this day is here. Yes, I had to start from scratch when I messed up at one point, but still. Nearly three years in, and she is finally done. Bunched up as she was when I finished binding off, I had no idea, but as I stretched her out to block, I said at one point, "Wow, this is beautiful." I can't remember the last time I felt like that when looking at a project, just to see the metamorphosis from squiggly yarn to lace beauty -- it was pretty incredible.
Pattern: Girasole (shawl size)
Needle size: US 5 (3.75mm)
Yarn: Alpaca Ware Superfine
In looking back, any issues/problems I had were all user error. This, like all of Jared Flood's patterns, is so detailed and well-written. Also, I decided a while back that whenever I finished this project, I wasn't going to keep it. It's going to my maternal grandmother, who I don't see that much because she lives on the other side of the world. I hope it keeps her warm and cozy during the snowy winters.
I've had my share of issues with alpaca, but I think this yarn was perfect for this project. I was able to stretch it to its limit while blocking and it held up like a champ. Thanks so much for sticking with me on this long, but rewarding journey. This was one of my Binding Off projects for the year, but I need some time to get a post together to discuss what's going on with that.
In the meantime, I've entered it into the Celebrate Color pool going on at Stitched in Color. It's just right for fall.
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