And finally, the Lacy Cardigan of the title? Yes, it's off the needles, and ready to wear. I'm not keen on the photo of me modelling it so I'll just show you it sunning itself, but if you want to click on the Flickr Finished Objects badge in the right column, you can see what it looks like on.
As for project details, I started this in early May after I went looking for yarn to use in the Spring Interweave Bonsai Tunic. I couldn't find anything I liked, but found the Elisabeth Lavold Hempathy which I loved. Since it didn't work for the Bonsai Tunic, I had to look for another pattern (do other knitters do this craziness as well?) and first bought a Debbie Bliss book for a cardigan I thought would work. When I later realized I didn't like the pattern enough and couldn't find anything else in my library that would work with the yarn and my current wardrobe needs, I went back to my LYS where Lynnette helped me find this Sirdar pattern 8893 meant to be knit in their Luxury Soft Cotton DK. Perfect. The pattern's quick to figure out and I love the way its laciness works with the yarn, which has great body and is a perfect weight for a summer evening and should provide a bit of warmth right into fall. The only thing I didn't like about the pattern is the instruction to do all increases knitting in pattern, which can get confusing given the k3togs and the adjoining yo's. I'm not sure a narrow stockinette band in an underarm seam would be so bad and it would provide a better opportunity for a selvedge edge to provide a cleaner seam.
Anyway, there you have it, nudity, deer, and a lacy cardigan. I'm off now for a run -- the two 35-minute runs I did last week don't seem to have aggravated my Achilles, so I'm going to try to do a bit more this week. If you have one more minute, please vote in the poll at the top of the righthand column -- I'm anxious to hear what folks like and/or don't like about my blog.