Like many other posters who stretched themselves for this exchange, trying things they'd never done before, I also delved into new challenges. I'd never done lace before, and spent the past 2 months trying to get comfortable in doing lace.
It has been slow going, frustrating, exhilarating, thrilling, horrible, and yet--addictive. I made every possible mistake many times, frogged so many times with each ball of yarn that I had to start with new yarn, for all the fuzzies and splits from over-handling. I changed patterns and yarns at least a dozen times.
While I'm no where finished, I am now able to work at a comfortable pace, without the stress of worrying that the next row will not come out right in the count, and I'll have to frog it again.
I'm incredibly happy with the cashmere-merino-silk yarn I chose, and becoming comfortable with these tiny little #4 needles. I love the pattern as it's taking shape, and know that this has been a fabulous learning experience for me.
Will my scarf pal like the scarf when she receives it? Well, I hope so. But the truth is she's such an extraordinarily wonderful human being that even if she doesn't like it very much, she'll never let me know. Instead, she'll find terrific things to say about it and will appreciate the time and effort and love that went into its creation.
I haven't seen anyone else posting that they have made this scarf for the exchange, so I am hoping my scarf pal will not have made it already, either!
I got word from my secret scarf pal that she's nearly finished with the scarf she's making for me, and I can hardly wait to see it and wear it with a big smile of joy!
I will likely be working on my scarf up until the deadline, and I only wish I could finish it sooner. But for me, it's a lot of work and a whole lot of stitches! Sure am enjoying the process, though.
I'll put up a picture as soon as I can figure out how to do it here on the blog!