This yarn is totally yummy. So very soft and delightfully non-splitty. I’m really liking the colorway (Topaz) as well. It’s got enough variegation to keep it interesting, but not so much that it obscures the lace pattern. Here’s last night’s progress:
I am now on the “body” portion of the pattern, so expect a lot of photos of this stole over the next couple of weeks, all looking very much the same, only incrementally larger.
In the interests of full disclosure, I steamed the edge with the trusty Rowenta steam iron before I took yesterday’s blog photo. I plan on steam-blocking this shawl anyhow. It’s a more “solid” lace than the last few things I’ve been working on so it doesn’t need to be blocked within an inch of its life.
About kitchener versus three-needle bind-off. Well, yeah, I will offer both as options in the pattern. Not like you wouldn’t do what you wanted to anyhow, now would you?
About teaching/book-signing events:
It is very gratifying that so many of you would like me to come to your part of the country (or world) — I so appreciate it!
Here’s how it works — LYSs contact me (or preferably they contact my event planner Aimee — look over in the left sidebar for contact info) to schedule events. So I go where I am asked to go. It is very gratifying that more places than I have time to go to have asked me to visit. (Okay, that sentence could use some work, but I’m tired.) We do our best to be fair when picking where I’ll go from among those LYSs who have invited me.
And I’m doing less traveling than last year. My schedule last year just about killed me — traveling every other weekend while working a full-time job is very, very tiring. At least it is for me. And since I’ve had a flare-up of my ongoing chronic back issues, I need to cut back.
Anyway, the bottom line is that I’m pretty much booked up for 2010. I think there are a couple of things that are not yet set in stone but we’ve made verbal agreements at this point. If something falls through, we contact someone else who was interested in having me come out. As soon as stuff is confirmed and set in stone, it will go on the travel and teaching page. We won’t start scheduling 2011 until late in 2010.
I am going to some of the same places as last year, but some new places as well, in different areas, so that’ll be fun.
“Personally, I think you are nuts. I’d much rather stay home.”