Did I tell you I'd started a new project? Ahem.
Last year Alison sent me this yarn she'd dyed in the Meadow colourway. I won it somehow on her blog... I wonder what I did, exactly... Anyways, it is a lovely goldy-greeny batch of 2-ply laceweight wool.
Then, Mary Lou said on her blog that she would give money raised from pattern sales to Japanese earthquake relief, and I thought, what the heck, a girl can always use a knitting pattern, so I bought the Horseshoe Lace Stole.
Now, instead of letting this pattern sit and collect dust like virtually every other knitting pattern I own, I somehow just cast on and started knitting! I was warned things would get boring, but I haven't really been at it constantly enough to find it boring so far! (Some might notice that I made the extra side stitches in garter stitch, and I stuck a purl row in after the end of one pattern repeat. That is because I am a nut about the possibilities of curling stocking stitch and take every opportunity to counter it.) (Others may notice that the knitting is all bunched up on a short straight needle. This is a bit of a problem, but I see no solution other than buying a new circular needle, which I don't really want to do right now.)
I was noticing how the yarn looks so golden in the skein, and so green when it knit up. Stitch by stitch it's green, but I think that overall the scarf will look gold. Who can say? I'd better just keep knitting!
And lookee! A bud on our lilac bush looks like it will actually make a flower! We are all very excited about that possibility.