Okay, this one definitely falls into the category of “never again” . . . the center panels seemed to take a long time, but they felt manageable – however, once I started on the edging, I realized that this was the knitting project that would never end! Luckily, I ran out of yarn – even though I was supposed to be able to finish the entire project with just one skein – after completing the edging called for in the pattern on just one long side. Since I didn’t want to buy another 650-yard skein (and since I was more than ready to be done with this project, anyway) I punted and finished up the other three sides with an edging of one row of garter stitch, one row of K2 y/o, and a final row of garter stitch, before binding off knit-wise. I actually like how it turned out – it looks like it’s supposed to have the V-shaped edge on only one side, so that the other side runs more smoothly along my neckline. All I can say is that if I’d had enough yarn to finish up all four edges with the prescribed edging, I suspect that this project would have gone into hibernation for an indefinite period of time . . .
The yarn is a beautiful 100% superfine alpaca in 3-ply medium weight – Joseph Galler’s Pure Alpaca in color Natural. I purchased only one skein, since there is a whopping 665 yards per skein, and knit on US 6s. The pattern is Jared Flood’s Celes – this is not lace for the faint-hearted, not because it’s unduly complicated, but just because it gets tedious and it does take a VERY long time to finish.
The finished product is stunning, and I like how the size makes it extremely versatile – shawl to scarf to wrap. Because the yarn is so fine it feels very soft and light-weight, even though its footprint is really very large. It feels and looks like an heirloom piece, and I’m happy to have it, but not likely to undertake the pattern again!