When last I posted, I'd left Sleeve Island for the Land o' Lace -- and friends, I had a great trip. The Flower Basket Shawl (from the Fall 2004 Interweave) was a nice little vacation from miles of stockinette, using less than 300 yards of Noro Cashmel. Even though it's 100% cashmere, the Cashmel isn't quite as soft as I expect from such a loosely spun yarn, but Noro has never been known for making buttery-soft yarns. Laura stocks both Karabella Margrite and Boise for Bella, and I think either of those would work really well for this shawl -- if I make it again, I may have to get a couple balls of one of those.
Uh-oh, gotta go -- I hear ominous noises from the direction of Measure's diaper. Stay tuned, though: I'm working on a crochet-chain provisional cast-on tutorial which I think will be really cool!
ETA: So yeah, I'm back on Sleeve Island, but I'm just going to keep at it. I've got a couple other garter and stockinette projects on the needles (secret projects, sorry) so I really needed the break...but I'm also going to cast on for another lace shawl, because variety is the spice of life.