Today is overcast in Montreal, but still warm with a high of 25, so it wasn't so stifling that I couldn't wear a wool blend, and I finally photographed this.
So here she is, my lovely Gemini. I'm so happy with her :)
As mentioned in past posts I knit this with a double strand of Sweetgeorgia Merino Silk Lace. I started with 200 grams and had 40 grams left over after making a size small.
Along the way I could see that this was knitting up to be something special, but I didn't know how great it could be until it was blocked. It totally transformed. I know many of you are well aware of the magic of blocking, but for those of you who don't see it being the worth the extra work...IT IS!
Also I thought I should note that the pattern recommends you make a size smaller than you usually are for negative ease. I'm usually a 36" bust and made the size for a 31" bust and it fits perfect.
The only thing that made me doubt my yarn choice was the fact that while knitting I had to keep my eyes on my stitches at all times in case I failed to knit in both strands. The stitches that lacked one strand really stood out and looked like holes in the fabric. I had to go in and add yarn to some that where too far away to frog and re-knit. But since that worked well, I would use these materials again and have less stress about these potential holes.
Danny and I are moving in a few days to a prettier and cheaper place here in Montreal. It sadly has even less storage than our current place, but has 2 patios! I'll put my natural dye plants on the deck off the living room, and the spice plants on the one off the kitchen :) We are putting our bed on stilts for storage containers to fit into, and I've managed to find some nice trunks and suitcases that we can fill up and won't look awful around the house (unlike our current cardboard tool box in the kitchen). I also scored a fluorescent chartreuse high-back lounging chair from the fripe prix that will fit nicely in the new place. Ooooo, can't wait to get settled. The weeks leading up to moving are so unsettling. I just want to be there already!
I'll post some fun stuff about my dye plant adventures once we are all moved in and settled.
PS. Here's the Ravelry page for my Gemini
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