I decided to try my hands at lace, and make a shawl as a Mother's Day gift. While there was problem after problem with making it (starting with not realizing the yarn I mail ordered was variegated rather than solid), I think it turned out well in the end.
Even though the pattern is "beginner lace," there was a lot of blood (Knit Picks options are sharp!), sweat (well, I live in Arizona, it is to be expected), and profanity (I'm a man, I don't cry) that went into the making of it. Despite all that, it was still enjoyable to work on a different kind of knitting. I want to make another shawl, but I'd rather not have a time limit when I do. This one was fairly stressful, as I felt that I had to work on it even when I really wasn't in the mood.
The technical stuff (very Knit Picks-y):
Yarn: Knit Picks "Shimmer" (30% silk, 70% baby alpaca) in shade "Turquoise Splendor"
Pattern: Knit Picks Triangle Cover Shawl (not a free pattern, but inexpensive)
Needles Knit Picks Options, US #5, 40" cable.
Well, off to work on a Father's Day gift now....