Here's a little something I completely forgot to blog/brag about (brog?) back when I finished it, last January. Devotees of Evelyn Clark's patterns (and who isn't?) will recognize her lovely Flower Basket shawl pattern.
I was planning to make something lacy, in black cashmere, for my sister. It took a while to settle on a pattern, but I remembered the pleasure I had knitting this pattern twice before. Add to that the fact that this shawl is very easy to wear -- the lace doesn't feel too delicate for a fairly casual look, and the size and shape are not overwhelming; they just add the right, warm, elegant note to a winter coat, which was precisely what I was after.
I had bought two skeins of Jojoland laceweight cashmere for this project, as I was originally intending to double the yarn for a cushy, relatively dense shawl. I changed my mind after swatching, though, and decided that fine lace would be lighter and reasonably warm too. The shawl used up one whole skein and just a few yards of the second one. It was my first time knitting with cashmere, and I don't think I'll use this yarn again. It really wanted to break often, and felt unevenly spun. My precious Ott light also chose that time to die, leaving me to struggle with tiny black stitches all by myself. This did not make for a smooth, delightful knitting experience. I was also plagued with the usual insecurity that comes from knitting for someone else: Will she love it? Will she wear it? Is she fed up with wearing black? with cashmere?
The answers were: she did, and she wasn't. Black + cashmere + lace = a winner. I am left with nearly a full skein of Jojoland on my hands, and a brand new Ott lamp to assist me the next time I cast on.