I'm taking the Craftsy class "Knit this! Mastering Lace Shawls" by Laura Nelkin and this is one of two patterns she offers through it. It was fun to knit, but I definitely had to pay attention to what I was doing. I used Classic Elite Yarns Villa in Lavender which is 70% baby alpaca and 30% bamboo so it's incredibly soft.
I wasn't sure how big to make it and I ended up enlarging the pattern. I knew it would grow once I blocked it, but I just wasn't sure how much. What a difference blocking made! This is what it looked like just coming off the needles. It was small and difficult to see the patterns.
If anyone's curious, I added another Star Stitch section before the border to make mine larger. That's the top section in the picture. I think my favorite section though is the elongated stitches just below it. They're incredibly easy to create, but I like the effect.
She offers two patterns in the class and I've already started on the second one. I find it very relaxing to knit at night while watching TV. I used to do my hand applique during this time, but it meant my lap was full of project stuff. With knitting, there's plenty of room for a cat (or two). Usually this one...
“But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”
Romans 13:11 (MSG)