I haven't been able to finish many projects lately (boo!) since I've started working full-time (yay!). So, each time I cast something off, it feels like a real accomplishment - and not least of all this one.
This is the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Natalie Servant, a wonderful and original pattern. Natalie's design portfolio is full of innovative and interesting lace. This design, modeled after the ironwork patterning on the Eiffel Tower, is a nice change from the more abstract lace I'm used to knitting.
The shawl is not too big, not too small - there are two sizes in the pattern, and this is the smaller one, but it's larger than a typical shawlette. It used about 60g of yarn, which means I have 40g left over for something else!
I started the shawl just before I went on holiday to Paris, last April - so the shawl took just over a year to knit, though it was hibernating for much of that time. I blogged quite extensively about that short trip: taking in the Parisian shopping (Japanese bookshops in Paris), and the many fantastic museums I visited, learning about Art, History, and Science.
Needless to say, I didn't get much knitting done on that trip! The few short days we had were jam-packed with sightseeing, and I have a ton of great memories of that trip. This shawl will continually remind me of that trip.
The yarn is Juno Fibre Arts Alice Lace, which I picked up at Loop in London. It's a dreamy blend of alpaca, cashmere, and silk, soft as anything, dyed in a beautiful silver shade (only just barely semisolid).
I'm planning on making this my 'office shawl' -- the alpaca yarn, though light, should still be nice and warm to shield me against the frigid office air-con. The grey will go with nearly anything and it's big enough to cuddle in but small enough not to be a bother. I'm so happy with it!