I shot a buncha photos of her this weekend but none turned out to be that money shot, the shot that captures her verve.
She goes to the judges this weekend. It'll be hard to part with her.
I cast on December 2, 2011. I cast off August 18, 2011. According to the scale, weighing the leftover yarn, the project used approximately 1,778 yards of the sport weight Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn in the colorway Filigree.
I used size US8s/5.00mm Knit Picks harmony wood needles for the project, with the exception of first few rows after casting on. With that I used US4s/3.5mm.
The yarn is a dream to knit, the pattern was super easy to follow. The pattern is Evenstar from designer Susan Pandorf. I used the charted sections mainly and don't recall having a problem at any point other than when deciding which Evenstar motif to use. She provides a swatching sample in the pattern that I found very useful.
The only mod to the pattern I made was reducing the number of rows in the beginning PI sequences. I think the PI formula is that you double the number of work even rows in between the increase rows. Aesthetically, I wasn't too fond of those wide concentric stockinette rings. Psychologically, I just couldn't wait to begin the lace pattern.
The question still remains on whether I will knit this again. Right now the answer seems like a Hell Yeah! But, we'll see.