I finished my Cranberry Citron on the car ride down and the first day at Mom's. Here it is, blocking back home on my deck box on one of our few sunny days. I'm quite happy with the size and general appearance of this pretty girl, but I think from browsing other knitters' projects that the ruched design does show up better in laceweight. In fingering, the sections with double the number of stitches do seem a bit heavy.
Of course I had taken more yarn with me, although I knew I would hit an out-of-town yarn shop at some point and come home with even more yarn for the stash. I had three colorways of Knit Picks Stroll Handpaint that I had ordered, high on my love for Little Colonnade. Somehow I duplicated a couple of items, didn't notice while I was concentrating on getting my girlfriends' orders right, and, well, ...we don't send yarn back. So because I had two skeins in Jude's colorway, Hayride, I looked for a larger Stephen West pattern and chose Rising Dawn. Jude doesn't like lacy, fussy things. Her knits need to be more textured and modern.
Most of this was knit in the car, on the way to a wedding reception in Guelph, over to the Stratford area to pick up our good clothes which we forgot there on our last visit, and back to Lindsay for a day before driving up to Sudbury and back again to pick up Mom and see my Uncle who's just been diagnosed with cancer, and finally home to Timmins again. Whew! Anyway, I really like the way the linen stitch breaks up the handpainted yarn. There's still some pooling at certain stages of the stitch count, but not enough to disturb me. Also, the knitting is going fast, since there's so much slipping. There are some eyelet lines which separate the linen stitch sections. Hopefully, they'll show up more after blocking.
I have two more colorways of this yarn.
The single skein of brown and blue, Coffee Shop, is still earmarked for my Little Colonnade. I ended up with three skeins of Make Believe, the jewel toned colorway, and I'm not sure what I'll make with it. But guess whose colors I think these are, sis.