First off, wow, apparently cake is a big draw. I’ll have to remember that and post more about deserts in future.
Also, if anyone is interested Kathy Elkins responded to the concerns I raised in my last post, in the comments, you can find that here. I am grateful for her feedback. Though I maintain that this is a highly problematic method of product description, and for my purposes would have completely altered my decision making process. I’ve been working with the Colrain Lace [1400 yds, 1/2lb cone, 2/10, for $22.50] for the last couple of days, the colour is beautiful and it has held up to my heavy tugging as I slide the beads around. With only a couple of inches knit I can’t seen any particular advantages in terms of drape from the tencel, or additional shine (though the sh*tty light here because of the wretched weather might have something to do with that). That said, I can’t say that I’m blown away by it. I’ve used the Knit Picks 100% merino lace-weight [440 yds, 50gr skein, 2/16, for $2.49 – it also comes in Bare, 880 yds, 100gr, 2/16, for $4.29], which was fuzzier, but otherwise my experience was comparable. We’ll revisit that again after more knitting and blocking. I haven’t used Zephyr but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. It is 50-50 Merino-Silk blend, 5040yrds, 1lb cone, 2/18, for about $60.
I have – finally – actually cast on the Moroccan Days/Arabian Nights shawl (hereafter known as either the shawl or MDAN). I think I might have screwed things up a couple of times already, but only really minor screw ups which have already be fixed. I’m enjoying the knitting and the beads/yarn combo is working really nicely. The main thing I’m noticing though is how s-l-o-w it goes when you have to move that many beads around. I strung them all, and unfortunately they sit differently when you string them and when you place them, so I’ll have to do the same for the other side. But over-all I’m a happy little lace knitter (now if only I could get to a copy shop and get the charts printed – FYI the charts are full colour, so I’m not going to print them at home).
(See how they sparkle…)
(It feels like so much more work that it looks like.)