This ethereal lace stole was finished almost a year ago, and then packed away (for the move) and nearly forgotten! Not to worry, it was packed away neatly in tissue paper, and will make many appearances this Spring.
Unfortunately, I don't remember the specific yarn used, other than it was a lace-weight silk/alpaca blend, and it's beautiful. The lace pattern was a breeze once repeated a few times, though at first it was a bit difficult to grasp. The edging is a pattern I've worked before, but adding beads was completely new. The beads are added both to look beautiful and to add weight to the edges and enhance the drape of the stole.
Close-up of the beaded edging. Each repeat contains five beads placed at the edge, over 200 beads in all. Remember when I was working the beaded edging on an aiplane? Now that takes dedication and courage!
Also, as you can see here, I use blocking wires to block my lace (and most other knitted projects). They give me perfect results with minimal effort every time.
This was a satisfying lace project, interesting enough to keep my focus and just difficult enough to push my limits and boost my confidence as a lace knitter. And, of course, the result is quite satisfying! I will enjoy wrapping this around my shoulders for years to come.