And the winner, randomly selected by my favorite random number generator, Scraps-N-Hat, is …
Alison is the lucky winner of this supersoft skein of handspun merino from Green Apple Yarn, to which photographs cannot do justice.
Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions and links and heartfelt “welcome home”s. I’m still sifting through all the links, but will post a best-of list very soon, with my Top Ten Favorite Most Awesomest Summer Creations.
I finally finished and blocked the Summer Lace Shawlette for my friend to wear (or maybe just keep on hand in case of chill — no pressure, A) for her Sept 15 wedding. (That’s right, Sept 15. I am SO ahead of schedule!)
Although the pattern was fairly straightforward, Interweave (as far as I can tell) hasn’t provided any photographs of the front. Although I could guess from the pattern, I didn’t know for sure until the very end what it would look like.
Yarn: ~275 yards Henry’s Attic Gemini (50% silk; 50% merino, DK weight)
Needles: Grandma’s old US10 circular
It never ceases to thrill me what blocking can do for lace, as a rumply crumply ball of fiber and empty space is transformed into a fancy finished piece.
The Henry’s Attic — a brand that some of your favorite indie dyers probably use as a base — was lovely to knit with. Super soft, with a slight halo and only a tiny bit of silk smell. (Please ignore the lumpy sleeves of my dress mucking up the lines in the above photo. The drape really is perfect.)
I realize it’s probably supertacky to model a shawl you made for someone else’s wedding, but the hanger shots were not doing the thing justice, and I couldn’t wait to show it off.
I do promise to share photos from the actual wedding, where it will be worn properly by the bride with a 40s-style dress of ivory silk, instead of my lumpy brown cotton and (speaking of supertacky) mint green asphalt siding.