This post has been transferred from my previous blog. If you're visiting here from MlleOiseau, I'm happy to welcome you to my new space!
I started on another version of Lion Brand Yarn's "Pale Gray Lace Cowl"! Like the last time, I reduced the width and cast on only 91 stitches, knitting through three repeats of the lace pattern. This time I used exactly one skein of their yarn "Amazing" in the Olympia colourway. It's a blend of soft grays and taupes, shot through with just enough blue and green to be interesting. I called this one "Serenity", but to be honest, I almost nicknamed it "Hairball" at first. It wasn't until I saw the yarn in natural light that I was convinced, and although I might avoid this colourway in the future, I'll definitely be using the yarn again because the result was beautiful:
Again, I chose to steam block the piece because I find it's quicker and easier, and I'm an "instant satisfaction" type of girl. Plus, this yarn is an acrylic/wool blend, and I figured steam blocking would be good for both fibers.
If I had only one complaint, it would be that the colours did pool rather too noticably at one point of the skein, although you can't tell so much when it's on.
I'm writing this post in part to reveal the completed piece, but also to throw out a shameless plug for Ravelry. Like many knitters and crocheters, I'm endlessly thankful for this website. I've gotten to the point that I don't think I could knit without it! Ravelry isn't only a place to look up, comment on and download (or purchase) thousands of knitting patterns, but also a site that provides users with the ability to track the progress of current knitting projects with an amazingly simple and intuitive interface. What does that mean? I can stay organized and keep an eye on my current WIPs before I'm tempted to start knitting new projects. And as for that piece I'm dying to knit next? I can add it to my ever expanding queue, and never fear that I'm going to forget about it while looking for the pattern that will come after that.