At least one immediate good thing came out of digging through all those old, unfinished projects: this one was actually finished! Two little ends to weave in and a good blocking, and I have a new scarf. I think I made this in August or September of 2005, intending to add beads to the ends and give it as a thank you gift. That occasion is long past, however, so I decided to wear it myself.
This is a basic razor shell lace pattern similar to the one found here. I found the pattern I originally used via Craftster. It was from another blog that seems to have disappeared, and was based on a pattern originally published in Marie-Claire Idées. (I have a nearly photographic memory, in case you are wondering how I know this two and a half years later.) I did only three repeats of the lace pattern and used two balls of Noro Silk Garden on size 7 needles - my favorite pair of Brittany straights, which is why I remember. I knitted the scarf in two pieces and joined it with a three needle bind off at the middle. I made another one of these that same month for my mother-in-law's birthday, and I grafted that one, which didn't turn out so well. Kitchener stitch and I do not get along. I've been wearing this scarf all day today, and the bind off hasn't been bothersome in the least.
I remember buying some teardrop-shaped mother-of-pearl beads to attach to the scarf's points, but I have no idea where those are. I think they would bother me anyway. I'm very happy with this scarf just as it is, and especially today. We've had completely unseasonal snow flurries all day today. I know in some places snow in March is fairly normal, but for us this is just so strange. I live at sea level, less than half a mile from the water's edge, in the Pacific Northwest. The daffodils have been in full bloom for two weeks, the plum trees are done, the cherry trees are blooming - it is spring! It's so unnerving to look out the window and see the air full of heavy white flakes. I wish I'd taken a picture, but Sam caught a photo of the action down south. Crazy, I tell you. At least I've got a new scarf to keep me warm.