I decided to take the plunge and buy some "good" yarn for two sweater projects. First up, is the lace panel cardi. I got cascades 220 in straw (dark gold heather) for this sweater. I knitted my swatch last night and started the back of the cardigan. I didn't notice before last night but this pattern is marked as intermediate (I think) well its definitely not beginner. I am a little nervous about that. Two things in this pattern I have never done before, lace and picking up knitted stitches. I figure that if the lace is not going well I will just do a stockinette stitch.
The yarn came in hanks (how cool!). So after I petted it a bit, I learned how to make a center pull ball of yarn. It is soooo nice to knit with a ball of yarn. I have only done center pull skeins, no comparison between the two! So far I really like this yarn and I can see why there are yarn snobs out there, shunning acrylic yarn left and right.
yes, that quilt top is still there. Something about working all day and not feeling like stippling for 3 hours and of course that new yarn shipment.