I've been busy with getting some knitting projects organized and doing a tiny bit of sewing. Next week my hubby is on Spring Break so I will be sewing up a storm. In the midst of all this I did manage to finish another piece: Clarus by Laura Nelkin.
I used Melody by Jojoland. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the variegated yarn with the lace pattern. The one thing you don't want to have in knitting lace is a fight: you don't want your lace pattern and your yarn to fight each other.
The other thing about lace is that it's hard to really get a good idea of what it looks like until it's blocked. While it was on the needles I wasn't a big fan (see above), but once I blocked it I really liked it; the yarn didn't fight with the lace pattern. It's hard to see all the detail on the lovely blue and green kid mats, but there is a lighter blue stipe just before the edging. I was worried about a section or two really standing out, but I love it.
I am now officially addicted to lace and shawls. For nearly 3 years I've lived in the South and lamented that I couldn't knit sweaters and wool hats, mainly because they would only be worn a couple times a year. However, a lace wrap can be worn all year round to protect against the chill of winter and against the arctic chill of air conditioning. I've found my new knitting obsession!