This is a couple hundred yards of two-ply silk/alpaca blend I spun myself a couple months ago, if you remember. It's meant as a thank-you gift for The Auntie who helped the husbeast find his new job. In the next couple weeks, I'd like to invite The Auntie and her husband out to dinner with us, thank her more formally, and give her the scarf as a gift.
First, I've gotta knit the fucker.
I'd like it to be lace; I've got some natural stone beads to put on the ends, and the lace will give more square footage for the yardage of yarn I've got. (Plus, thanks to my knitting history, I can do lace in my sleep, almost.) Which pattern? Yeah. There's a question. I have been through every book I've got (that isn't in a box in South Carolina), I've dug through every scarf I can find on Ravelry, and nothing seems right. I'd consider something other than a scarf, but I don't have enough yarn for much else, The Auntie doesn't wear hats, and it's meant as a surprise so I can't fit anything to her.
So, now, I'm down to flipping through the pages of Heirloom Knitting. Nothing against Shetland lace knitters, but when you're down to flipping through HK and considering an original design, you've officially lost your mind. Sometimes that's a good thing, but there's always a degree of insanity involved.
I'll let all of you know what happens next, when I figure it out myself.