I took my Laminaria shawl on its first outing today, to the Old Library, which is not a library, but is one of my favourite rooms in college.
A pattern of heart-stopping beauty, and mathematical genius, knit in 100% cashmere that does not sacrifice stitch definition for softness. If I do say so myself, it is pretty much the epitome of lace loveliness; I can't entirely believe I made it.
The three stitch patterns (the tiny stars, the blossom, the peacock plume-like edging) are all individually glorious, but it is the way they grow out of one another that makes this pattern truly special. I made the 'shoulderette' size, but went up a needle size and did two extra repeats of the first chart because I had extra yarn.
Draped around my shoulders or scrunched around my neck, this shawl makes me feel like a delighted wood nymph. It makes me almost hope for a cooler summer so I can get the most wear out of it.