I have managed a little knitting in between all the activities recently. This is Hedera by Cookie A., published in Knitty some time ago - a free pattern. The yarn is Regia Silk, a mix of merino, silk and polyamide, in a lovely soft green. The lace pattern was a simple 4-row repeat, impossible to get wrong, but a little fiddly on dpns. They do look acceptably summery with cut-off trousers. I was surprised when someone at my knitting group commented that they looked very youthful. Perhaps she meant, too young for me.
Then, this little test piece.
This is a commercial Aran weight grey, with a hand-dyed wool yarn. I am loving the effect of using variegated yarn in a stranded pattern. It looks cool and summery.
So then, this is the same blue yarn, but knit with a Norfolk Horn dk. Somehow the Norfolk Horn has a fawn colour to it, giving the whole thing a retro look.
This is Norfolk Horn from the Wimpole Hall flock, prepared by my friend at Natural Yarns and spun by Sue Blacker's company.
I've bought a ball of the 4-ply to try with the blue. Somehow, though, I prefer the pale grey of the original sample. I'm thinking of a little waistcoat with patterned fronts and a plain back. I've been looking over some of the early work of Sacha Kagan which had some wonderful examples.