As I posted before, my mother bought me some beautiful yarn at the Plaza Arts Fair earlier this year. The yarn is from Lost City Knits in Oklahoma. With it, she bought a pattern for a lace shawl for me to make with it. At first I thought that I would wait until after the Christmas knitting was done to get started, but the lace weight yarn just kept calling to me.
The yarn is Bamboo and Llama which makes it the first Llama yarn that I have ever knit with. So far, I'm loving it. The fiber tends to stick together more than other fiber I have worked with before, but that makes it take on a different appearance than I think it would otherwise.
The pattern is a bit complicated - again by Lost City Knits, it is the Sangiovese Stole. I had a moment of utter disgust with myself and threw the poor, innocent shawl aside for a while to calm myself down. You would think that if you read through a pattern, even copy it out again so that it was larger and easier to read that you would have picked up on what the pattern is suppose to look like. Apparently, that isn't the case if your name is Kelli. After spending oh, I would say a good 2 hours working on a chart for the shawl, I realized that I had been doing the wrong stitch for the last 6 rows of the 12 row pattern, and I was not on my first repeat of said chart.
After stepping away for awhile and then spending a couple of additional hours ripping it out carefully (and as I mentioned before, this yarn tends to stick to itself rather tightly - which makes ripping back a chore) I was able to fix the mistake and re-knit the chart. I am currently experiencing a love love relationship with the shawl again.
I haven't been able to dedicate too much time to it right now because of the Christmas knits, but hopefully soon we will be reunited.