I can't help myself.
As soon as one project gets close to completion, I am compelled to cast on another, and subsequently my interest in the close-to-finished one wanes...
My Spiral Boot socks are sooo close to being finished it isn't funny (seriously, one night of applying myself and they'd be done!), but do I finish them off?
I cast on an intricate lace shawl instead.
I have had my eye on this pattern for a while now, but something has kept me from casting on.
I knew I didn't like the garter stitch border - I think it's too clunky for the lace work - and I have been patiently, quietly, searching for an alternative border. Finally, this week I felt I had come across the perfect one. It was enough like the candle flame motif to compliment it, but it also reminded me loosely of a lotus flower. As I am going to be using this shawl during both meditation and pranayamas in my yoga practice, I want to involve relevant motifs, so I felt good about both of these interpretations. You can't really see it yet, but trust me, it's lovely!
The wool has been purchased for this project for a long time - The Knittery's 2ply lace merino, colourway: Berry Bliss. The pattern calls for fingering weight, but I wanted the lace to be lighter so have instead gone with the 2ply and only slightly smaller needles (3.25mm rather than the recommended 3.50mm)
This colourway is so divine. There are all shades of berry pinks, with little flashes of taupe and mulberry greys. I could go on about it all night, but will spare you! It's enough to say I am enjoying each row, eagerly watching the colours flow as I stitch away...
Now if only I can finish my socks (oh yeah, and that top), I'll be able to sit down in peace and knit my shawl...
At least until it nears completion, anyway!