First FO (aka Finished Object) of 2009 is the Dreaming in Orange Ribbon Lace Scarf for my sister-in-law. This scarf took longer to knit than anticipated and I was lucky that our holiday celebration was postponed due to snow. As a result, I will be able to give my sister-in-law a finished, blocked scarf.
Knit in Noro Lily, a combination of 70% cotton and 30% silk, the scarf grew quite a bit in the soaking and blocking process. It’s finished dimensions were 72 inches by 10.5 inches which was significantly more than I had expected when I knit it!
While gazing at the blocked piece, I realized that, despite swatching for the Leaf Lace Kimono to determine my gauge last summer, Noro Lily grows significantly. For a scarf which can be wrapped around your neck in an elegant fashion, this growth can be acceptable. But for a top, this is unacceptable and explains why I haven’t been happy with the Leaf Lace Kimono. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan to knit another one since it’s not a shape that I usually wear.)