Well, I just spent close to half an hour wrestling with images for this post. Not orientation this time, surprisingly - just uploading them. Photobucket, my usual standby, was doing some strange thing where it almost loaded my pictures, then wimped out at the last second claiming something to do with resizing errors. I attempted to upload the pictures to my Rav stash, thinking maybe I could snag them from there, but they just flat-out refused to upload there. Then I found out that I could upload them directly through Blogspot. This seems to have worked. We'll see.
The infinitely praiseworthy Bandit got home after a long day of work today and suffered himself to be immediately converted into a chauffeur bound for Amy's house then the LYS - Blazing Needles this time. This store, though perhaps a bit smaller than some of the others I've been to, is stuffed with a higher concentration of fantastic luxury yarn than I've ever seen elsewhere. They didn't have any Cascade lace to match my one lone skein, so I bought two skeins of Malabrigo lace in the Pearl colorway instead. Mmm... Malabrigo. I've bought some before, but I haven't ever knitted with it.
Amy also bought some pastel blue and purple lace yarn to make the Lacy Zig Zag Shawl, and when we got back to my place, we wound up our purchases and cast on.
This is the beginning of the Radiance shawl. It's a very easy cast on, and quite suitable for a beginner - five stitches CO, no garter tab, just increases. The Malabrigo is knitting up in a very, very lovely way. I'm probably going to use it all up on the Radiance, and attempt to see if I can knit a Passion Flowers with just the one skein of Cascade.
Wait - what's that you say? I was supposed to save the shawl casting-on for the Olympic opening ceremonies? Uh... look over there! Socks!