I really like to finish things, so getting this one done was welcome. This is my fourth knit from Noro Catwalk Two by Jenny Watson, an excellent book containing lots of really useful patterns. I was keen to do something in a lace knit, but being an impatient knitter, this took way too long (7 weeks) as it requires more concentration than a standard knit. At the start I occasionally forgot to pass over slipped stitches and dropped the odd yarn over, but by the end I had ironed out these problems.
However, the pattern is actually easy once you get into it and I enjoyed this. It's a three-quarter sleeve, with deep v neck, ideal for spring wear so I hope to be putting it on this week. For buttons I raided my button box for odd left-overs. Thrifty and quirky!
I went to the woolshop to get a zip for a tunic I've made. But being a yarn addict, I couldn't resist the bargain box and picked up 8 skeins of Noro Silk Garden Chunky at a discount. Like everything else, this yarn is going up in price for the new season, by about 70p a ball, so I feel extra virtuous. That's my excuse anyway. So this yarn is going into my stash until later in the year or until I think of the perfect pattern, whichever happens first!
I often find the choice of yarn overwhelming in a yarn shop, and rather like the restriction of ferreting out yarn from the bargain box to see what I can make from it. Another project from bargain box yarn is the Top Au Crochet I made last year, which is actually the most popular project on this blog! That cost a few pounds to make and I still have 2 skeins of the yarn left. I can't visit the shop without buying something I didn't go in for, that's the sign of a real addict...