At long last, Aphrodite is done, and the weather cooperated for some photographic evidence! It's in the mid-50's today, which is balmy and practially tropical after weeks of snowstorms and clouds. So of course, it's totally appropriate to go out sleeveless with a summer-weight shawl.
This pattern, by Sivia Harding, was on the cover of the summer 2009 issue of Twist, and I salivated for months over the three-panel design and the beading. Oooh, beading! Clear and excellent directions for beading were included in the pattern, and alone are worth the cost of the pattern. The long beading rows near the end got pretty tedious, so it's too bad the silvery beads don't stand out against the same-color yarn. Phooey--lesson learned for next time!
I used just over a skein of Knitpicks Shimmer in Cumulus, which I also used for Mermaid. It's a dreamy-soft combo of alpaca and silk, blocks out beautifully, and is an all-round great shawl yarn. I used US 3 needles as directed in the pattern, actually 2 pairs of them, since the first pair was vandalized by airport security. Despite heavy-duty blocking, and doing an extra repeat of the main lace, the shawl still turned out a bit small. It is 10.5 inches down the back, 12 inches along the diagonals, and 14" along the front. The size works out fine since I'm a bit small too, but the taller knitters out there should be aware.