Today's my and my husband's second anniversary! Hooray! This seems like a really long time, and then I realize, I've had much of my stash for a lot longer than that. Stash-years are like the opposite of dog-years--seven years in the stash should count as just one year. Not like I'd ever keep anything in the stash for 7 years. Oh no, never, nuh-uh. :)
But really, truly, the stash is almost gone, and today I treated myself to planning the first post-stash project. This will be a wedding shawl for my dearest friend Elisabeth (with an S), who actually probably won't wear it at her wedding, as it will be in August in Texas. I exchanged the Sublime kidsilk I'd bought before, after Jenna pointed out that it looked like cat hairballs, for some Rowan Kidsilk Aura. I wish there had been some Kidsilk Night (which has a little bit of metallic thread) in a similar color, but no such luck. The color didn't come out very well in the picture, but it's a reddish-brown.
I'm torn whether I should add in some beads or carry along a metallic thread to jazz it up a bit, because the color is pretty close to her hair color. The silk part of the yarn does have a nice sheen to it though, so it might be fine. What should I do?
Also, I'm having trouble finding a rectangular shawl pattern with a nice, open, lace pattern, where the edge is not knitted on at the end (which I absolutely hate doing). I have a nice leaf pattern picked out for the center, but the edges are giving me trouble. I'm looking for a lace pattern than will produce a scalloped pattern on the sides, as well as either the top or bottom edge. Anyone have any good ideas?