I've decided that it's about time for me to knit some lace again! I've been wanting to make the Crown Prince Square Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush since I first got the book. I went with one of my old standby yarns, Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace, in color Eggplant.
I've talked about this yarn before; it's one of my favorites for shawls because it knits up really warm and it has a beautiful sheen to it. It also blocks really nicely - you can re-wet and stretch it a few times if you need to without a problem.
Right now it looks like a pile of yarn:
If you stretch it, though, you can see the patterns. The bottom and sides have a pretty butterfly (at least I think it looks like a butterfly) border, while the middle has a fairly easy diamond latticework.
I'm also getting the chance to use one of my favorite Christmas presents: a yarn bowl!
For those not familiar, a yarn bowl is just a regular bowl, but with an opening or hole on one side to string the working yarn through. We have serious pet hair issues, so this is amazingly helpful. No more yarn sliding around the carpet or rolling underneath the couch. I highly recommend getting one!