okay, i've been bad about updating, but i just opened a box from elann, and when i saw the gorgeousness within - enough baby silk (80% alpaca, 20% silk) to make the stripy "a bout de souffle" sweater - well, i don't think i'll have the patience to wait for the knitting machine to get started.
and, i have the perfect pattern to work from:
it's from a 1958 lux soap knitting book, so it's just about the right era and everything. it calls for 2.5 mm and 3 mm needles though - yikes! but considering the yarn is tiny (and gorgeous), tiny needles make sense, i guess... it's just that instructions like "cast on 120 sts" strike fear into my heart.