Look what I got in the mail:
Lucky me, I won a skein of Vesper sock yarn in Claudia's MS ride drawing! I never win anything in raffles, so I am very excited about this. And is it not the most festive, Parrothead-ish color that will unquestionably lift the winter blahs? (The colorway is named Tropicali, in case you like it too).
And here's the progress on Fina Hyrnan:
Other than a few chart-reading mistakes (I find these charts hard to read--not because they're in Icelandic but because they appear to be sketched out in pencil) and poorly-spun yarn (really, there are spots spun so fine they might just not hold together), it's been smooth sailing. The blue edge is my provisional cast-on.
And then I knit it until the body was almost, almost done, and ripped it all up. Fooled you! It was way too small, and insufficiently lacy. I ripped back to the provisional cast-on, put it on larger needles and started again. This is as far as I've gotten:
It's about twice as big now and each row takes much longer to knit. Which is a good thing. The other good news about this whole experience is that I have discovered that my poorly-spun silk singles are, even at their thinnest points, apparently strong enough to survive repeated rippings. Maybe outrageous overtwist isn't all bad...