It has been Visitor Central over here at the Scarlet Knitter' California headquarters in recent weeks, with just a bit of daily knitting occurring in between excursions to pretty sights all around the Bay Area. Thank heavens for house-guests, who by their very presence encourage me to A. clean closets in order to receive them properly and B. visit local places I always meant to check out in the vague, forever-postponed future.
The last visit occurred right after I took the blocking pins off the just-dried corner to corner shawl. Perfect timing, since the guest room does double-duty as the blocking space for Large Knitted Things.
Presenting my second Corner-to-Corner shawl, knitted in Toots Le Blanc Merino-angora fingering-weight yarn. I think the color was called Putty, but I am not sure. I used four skeins of the yarn and a #5 Addi Lace circular for this and could possibly have gone to a #6, but I was travelling away from home with just the one needle at the time. Besides, as the stole was knitted on the bias, it proved to be very stretchy once I set it on the blocking board. My previous concerns about length turned out to be for naught -- again, I had underestimated the magic powers of blocking.
I love everything about this pattern designed by Eugen Beugler and published in The Best of Knitter's: Shawls and Scarves : the rectangular lace inserts inside the larger rectangle, the diagonal construction that rewards the knitter with ever-shorter rows at the end, the very geometrical lace pattern that gives a rare contemporary edge to this otherwise dainty piece.
I can wear this casually, as a large scarf,or more dramatically as a stole -- but always with a smile.