Mum helped me block the scarf and I'm SO happy with the way it turned out. The edges are a tiny but scalloped -- I guess we could have used more pins -- but it still looks great. And check it out with Mum's thrift store olive green coat! It's a match made in colour wheel heaven.
Pattern: Branching Out by Susan Pierce Lawrence
Materials: half of a ball of Misti Alpaca in colour CA02 (Orange Melange)
Needles: a 24 inch US 8/5 mm bamboo circular needle
Started: January 13, 2007
Finished: knitting January 19, 2007, blocking January 22, 2007
Modifications: I didn't use the suggested yarn and I knit 30 pattern repeats instead of the suggested 36 because Mum didn't want the scarf to be too long. It's more of a decoration for her coat than a functional scarf.
Notes: This pattern was fun, but sometimes frustrating. As we know, the scarf fell off the needles several times and was a bitch to put back on. But I don't think that will keep me from trying lace again. I still have half of a ball of this yarn left, so I might just attempt another Branching Out scarf. My co-worker at the gallery was kind of eyeing this one up ... Here's Mum. The proud owner of a new lace scarf.
Oh, and I know I promised blocking photos, but we blocked the scarf on a variegated tan coloured carpet, so all the photos I took look like a big bunch of nothing. You can't discern the scarf from the carpet. Next time I'll put a sheet or something in a contrasting colour between the floor and the garment.
In other news, I ran all over town this morning looking for a 24 inch/60 cm US 11/8 mm circular needle and do you think I could find one? Nope. I checked out everywhere I could think of, including Zellers and Bargain Giant, but I couldn't find the right size. I might just have to call Halifax and get someone to send me one. Such a sad state of affairs. I guess those felted slippers will have to be on hold for the time being.