We're off to the mountains of West Virginia tomorrow, to visit Caroline's godmother Elizabeth and her husband Matt, and see their new house, and just enjoy some end o'summer R&R. In the event there's knitting time, I have three scarves-in-progress in a bag: one more quickie for the ART 180 fundraiser, one that's a Christmas gift, and the just begun "wave and shell" wrap -- all of which I photographed tonight to post, but it's my camera software and not Blogger that's making the "blue screen of death" happen, so I've given up.
I spent more than half an hour just winding the Filatura di Crosa Cashmere 100 2/28 for the latter, with about 700 yards in its 50g hank. Thanks to advice from Rob, I cast on using US 5s rather than a smaller needle size I nearly started with. He reminded me that one should go up a couple sizes from what's normal for the yarn when knitting lace -- and this is some fine, fingering stuff, scored from Elann.com last fall (before I'd started blogging, or even much blog-reading, and certainly had yet to find those ThreadBear friends). I stuck with the number of repeats the pattern uses, since it's my first go at real lace, but I did change the number of edge stitches, just to assert my individuality. I've now knit the first four rows, and it's hard, nay, impossible, to discern whether beauty lies ahead. Fun, though, to feel a different weight yarn through my fingers, especially one that's 30 percent cashmere.
Expect my next post Wednesday, as we won't be back until Tuesday -- just in time to tidy up for September's S&B!