When I took off the blocking wires off my alpaca scarf, I got this
In truth it looks better than in both photos, but what can I do? My live models/photographers are out and about, wrapping up summer jobs, saying goodbye to their high-school friends as one by one they each go off to start on their own college adventure. The air is rife with the potential for emotional storms, but we have all managed to stay fairly serene and calm. Nevertheless, asking someone to stop and model a lace scarf for just a minute might just be la goutte d'eau qui fait deborder le vase. Besides, in a few weeks I will truly have to do without models, so I might as well work on my scarf-in-the-window skills now.
I am pretty happy with the way this scarf turned out. The fingering-weight alpaca is not the absolute softest I have ever encountered, but the color is truly gorgeous, with the most subtle specks of bright green, producing a very deep teal color which the folks at La Droguerie have aptly named "Fond de l'eau", or water depths.
I didn't mention the pattern before: I started with Myrna Stahman's Shawls and Scarves and settled on her Joan's scarf, but I only followed the lace portions of the instructions and omitted the seaman-scarf shaping, which calls for a ribbed section hugging the back of the neck. I like to wrap my scarves all around the neck for warmth, and I assume that the recipient of this lace scarf will want to do the same. Style matters more to me than function here, and I want that lace to show.
In other knitting news, still not ready for a final show-down with my linen cardi, I went foraging in the stash and dug out a handful of half-skeins of cotton. Suddenly, for no good reasons, I was seized with the urge to try the popular dish-cloth pattern (Rav link) that every knitter on earth but me had been playing with in recent years.
First, with leftovers from last summer's Stria blanket, I made this
which went from dishcloth to washcloth right after this photograph was taken; then I unearthed two ancient, yet pretty skeins of Mission Falls cotton and compulsively turned them into this
which is either a very long dishcloth or a short-ish handtowel (my choice). I am especially pleased with the crochet loop, a rare crochet achievement for me. In these days of failed button-bands, I will get my satisfaction wherever I can.