It took nearly a decade to knit. I think it deserves some exposure on the blog.
I’m talking, of course, about my version of the wonderful Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia, from Interweave Knits, Summer 2003.
I knit mine in Misti Alpaca laceweight, most of which was a gift from daughter Karen. Most, not all, because I lost the start of this project while visiting Niagara Falls on our 25th wedding anniversary trip. Unhappy loss, but happily I had only brought a ball or two along on the road so this stole has lots of gift yarn love in it, plus another ball or so to supplement.
Were I to knit this again, I would have started out with needles like Addi Turbo Lace circulars. The blunt bamboo circulars I was using are probably much of the reason I both hated working the nupps in the lily-of-the-valley motifs and also put it down not to pick it up again for about 7 years. I might have worked it in a lighter color, too, making it easier on the eyes to work the detail. That said, this late summer, deep in the shade green is right down my alley and so will get a lot of use in my wardrobe.
Of course, now that it is back home from the state fair (where it won a 3rd place ribbon!), the temperatures have gone up and I likely won’t want to wear it for a while. I’m pretty sure, though, that I’ll be able to wear it before we hit that decade mark.