Last Friday I bound off Ptarmigan and immediately felt a hankering for another quick lace project, so I wound a skein of merino/cashmere/nylon blend fingering weight and cast on for a Summer Flies. I had seen probably a dozen beautiful versions from my Eastside knit group starting over a year ago, and finally a few months ago I caved in and bought yarn for it. I knew that I wanted it to be frilly and sweet, so I went with pink, a colorway called Cactus Blossom in Sun Valley Fibers MCN Fingering.
As you can tell, I got hooked. This is a very simple and fast little pattern with a great result - my one complaint is that it's not offered as a chart in addition to the written instructions. Line-by-line instructions are intuitive to some people, but I end up getting frustrated with them because I don't have a sense of the overall look, a problem which is nicely remedied by charts. (I thought I just sucked at lace knitting when I first started, because written instructions confused the hell out of me.) The stitch patterns were simple enough that it wasn't too bad though, and I really love the finished shawl.
I have a whole lot of WIPs going right now, because I still can't use my blocking boards, so I keep on finishing things, sticking them in a basket until they can be blocked, and starting new things. I'm hoping to fix that soon, and then I'll have a huge backlog of finished things to share!