Lately, I've been reading Elizabeth Zimmermann's "The Opinionated Knitter." I love the way she writes. The Opinionated Knitter is a collection of newsletters that Elizabeth wrote. It feels as though you are sitting at the table talking to her. Her patterns are a bit vague, but I'm sure I will be a better knitter for it. So far, I've only attempted her Baby Surprise Jacket, which every knitter should knit at some point. In fact, I love it so much that I've already knit three of them. Of course, I still have to sew the shoulder panels on two of them, but the knitting is done.
Today, I was all ready to cast on another Baby Surprise Jacket when I came across the pattern for the Cladonia Shawl by Through the Loops. It is stunning. I had some yarn in my stash that I bought while my local yarn store was having a sale. I had been eying that yarn for months. At the time, I didn't have anything I wanted to knit with it, I just knew I wanted it. It is so beautiful. It is Ella Rae Lace Merino. I have a purple color as well, but I think I'm going to use that on Lily Kate's Middleton, if she publishes it. I hope she does. It is just the pattern I've been looking for for myself.