. . . a project a long time in the planning and anticipating, the lovely Seraphim Shawl. This is the first pattern I really bought, not in a book, but paid money for it off the internet. I just couldn't help myself, it was so beautiful. I carried it around for a long time, marinating, trying to find the perfect yarn, failing, always searching. Until one day, I saw this at one of my LYS's.
Malabrigo laceweight in Pearl, the softest, most beautiful yarn imaginable in the softest, pink-tinged grey imaginable. Incredibly, I didn't even connect this yarn with my dream shawl for several visits. I would go, fondle the yarn, wander the store, and it never occurred to me until one day, they only had two skeins left, and suddenly (thank Elizabeth Zimmerman) the lightbulb went on.
I began swatching a few weeks ago, experimenting with every possible combination of needle sizes, one strand vs. two held together, combing Ravelry for other people's results, and after creating an impressively enormous swatch, I decided to use a single strand with size 4's. (Note the brand-spanking-new Addi lace needles, purchased especially for this project.)
I started last night and already I'm so delighted with the results I want to squeal with glee. Here is my brand-new baby Seraphim shawl.
And here it is much, much too close.
This picture actually gives a pretty good representation of the color and the slight variegation. I am totally head-over-heels in love with everything about it.
Talk to me again after I've completed Step 7: repeat rows 5 and 6 58 more times. I might be a little less in love then. But for now, it's bliss.