So here it is. My (finally) finished Poolside Sweater. This is my first attempt at lace knitting and, like so many virgin experiences, I mostly enjoyed it. I may have cast on the neckline a few times before I got it right, and I may have lost count of my stitches a few dozen times while knitting in the car, but (ahem) I may do that on every sweater, every time, so I can't really blame the pattern. Truly, this pattern is a great first lace project. It's well written with a simple lace repeat that is quickly memorized, and it includes a schematic for the visual learners among us (I'm raising my hand here). Also included is a list of stitch abbreviations with clear instructions on how to make stitches, and how to wrap and turn for short rows.
Yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Dafodil colorway. I chose this yarn based on the Poolside projects I spied on Ravelry, and I'm so glad I did. Other than being smooshy and soft against the skin, it's subtly irregular texture and color variegation camouflaged my rookie lace knitting mistakes. So thanks Madelinetosh, I owe you one!
Photo credit goes to my husband, who always makes me laugh.