I probably should have worked on some socks, or something simple to cleanse the palate, before diving right into the Forest Canopy Shawl, but I was on a roll and antsy to get started. So I wound the Rose Garden 2-ply merino handspun yarn and buckled down.
And not quite quickly enough, realized that if the previous pattern always had a YO on either side of an SK2P, my fingers would occasionally, and without my notice, place a YO on either side of an Sk2P even where the current pattern does not call for holes.
Also, I used needles that were too small. (Confession time: though my books rightly stress the importance of swatching, I hardly ever do it myself. Shameful, I know).
So I tore it out, and started Forest Canopy over with size 8 needles (much larger than I would have expected to need with fingering weight yarn), and am now, as they say, bookin'.
Truly, this is a lovely pattern, perfect for new lace knitters. There is lots of explanation, and very clear instructions, and a nice chart (though I think the Ktbl symbol is too similar to the YO symbol- I fixed that by using a highlighter on the Ktbl spots). The pattern is written for heavier yarns, and the blocked shawl isn't very large (52" x 23", I think), and it's designed to use 350 yds of yarn, or less (a single skein), which is wonderful for stash busting. But I have over 450 yds of this handspun yarn, and I want to use it up, and I'd like a slightly larger shawl, so I'm going to knit a few more repeats before moving on to the border. The tricky part will be figuring out when to start the border. The border is just 10 rows, and if I begin it when I am halfway through the 2nd ball of yarn, I should be okay. I hope.
This yarn is far bouncier than I expected (after knitting 2 shawls with cotton), and it's one of those top-down triangles, which are hard to photograph in-progress (especially since I'm using straight needles), but I did manage to get a scan of the pattern repeat. Lovely, no?
And for lace, this is an extremely quick knit- if I was working it to the pattern specs, I would be on to the border in about 10 more rows. Amazing.