Well, what do you know? I finally got a garment off the needles - in this case, one that's been stalled for quite a while.
You know how everyone says that you can't make anything useful out of art yarn? Well, feast your eyes, art yarn aficionados!
The biggest bonus is it's comfortable, fits well and feels fabulous, plus it's nice and warm without being oppressively so.
I wasn't sure about the lace pattern for quite a while (in fact, that was one of the reasons it took so long.) but once I'd mastered it, the knitting went quite quickly until I got to the neck.
Now here's what happened: at this point I began to doubt that I had enough yarn to finish the cowl neck, so I put it away and ignored it for ages. The second factor here was sheer horror at the amount of ribbing (one of my pet hates these days).
Last month I was laid low by a virus and I near;y died...of boredom. So I fished this up out of the depths and finished the knitting.
Next phase...thinking about seaming it. That was quite a long phase, relatively speaking, only ended by my impending trip to Dunedin, famous for providing foul chilly weather at any time of the year. In the end it only took 30 minutes to sew it up. I used a plain matching yarn for the seaming as the garment yarn is very bumpy. Then a light steam blocking and it was ready to wear!
So, of course, Dunedin turned on some very warm weather and I only wore it once! Such is life.
Kate is a semi-retired photographer and craft dyer who lives in Southland, New Zealand.