One of the yarn stores my MIL and I visited, Marin Fiber Arts, was having an anniversary sale. Could I resist? No. I picked up three skeins of this gorgeous Cashmere Silk by Jade Sapphire. It's a beautiful colorway called "Oceana." Despite the challenges inherent to the process of knitting lace charts while simultaneously holding a squiggly baby, I've had lace on the brain. I do plan on finishing my Mystery Stole, and I'd like to try my hand (well, hands...it would be kind of hard to knit with just one) at designing a triangular lace shawl. To that end, I also picked up a copy of Victorian Lace Today...it's got an interesting-looking section on lace design.
The other lace purchase I made was at the Knitterie in Novato: two balls of Lacey Lamb, also from Jade Sapphire. It's a really pretty deep marooney color. Each ball has over 800 yards, so I should have plenty no matter what I do with it, whenever I get around to it -- in the meantime, I'm just having fun petting the pretty yarn.
Oh yeah, and I did get some actual knitting done in the past week -- I finished the back of my Minimalist Cardigan, and started on the first sleeve! I don't understand why so many knitting patterns for cardigans (or sweaters) start with the back. I always start with the sleeves or cardigan fronts, which I treat as a large gauge swatch (regular swatches are lying little weasels, in my experience) and which gives me some momentum going into the project. Makes sense to me!