1. Danish Square, 2. Italian Cross, 3. Peony, 4. Bright Flower, 5. Lemon Stripe, 6. Fudge, 7. Framed Flower, 8. Circle in a Square, 9. Daisy Chain, 10. Seville, 11. Edwardian Fancy, 12. Peony
The colors are off, and some of them are very blurry if seen up close-- not to mention that the squares haven't been even remotely blocked-- but at least it gives you an impression of them. (Heh. A bad impression, maybe.)
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I picked up the Billowy Delight (a.k.a. Billowy Clouds of Alpaca) scarf again! Sadly, I'm still not loving it. I mean, I love the way the finished projects look, on Ravelry, but I'm not loving the actual knitting. I keep hoping that will change, and it's not so bad as I remembered, but still not joy in every stitch.
The problems are these:
First, tension. Keeping the tension right with this laceweight yarn isn't the easiest ever-- particularly during all the (many) rows of purls. So my tension's far from perfect, but I can deal with that. (I think it's getting better with practice, but also, I think that with this pattern, it won't matter so much, in the long run.)
Second, kf&b. I don't remember having a problem with kf&b before-- certainly not to this extent. I'm not sure why it's so bad this time. Maybe I've simply never had to knit into the back of a stitch of laceweight before. It's very tricky to get the needle under the back leg of the stitch, and I find myself wishing I had pointier needles, but I'm not planning to buy any more needles for a good long time. (I have two interchangeable sets already, for goodness' sake! I would possibly consider buying one or two fixed circulars, but I'm not sure yet which sizes I'm most likely to use again and again...) There's probably a trick to making it easier. (Time for some research.)
Anyway, I guess I'll keep slogging away at it until it becomes fun-- or I finish. Whichever comes first. (And I may sneak some other projects into the mix, on the sly, and let this one take forever, if it must.)
The yarn is Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in "Wonderland Heather"-- a very springtime-y sky blue. Soft, fluffy, and light as a feather. Should be a pleasure to wear, next autumn!