I finished my Hanami shawl last weekend. Since the days are getting shorter and my workdays are getting nuttier, it was really only this evening when I got around to actually photographing it. And when I was thinking about how I was going to take the photos, I started thinking carefully about what I'd wear. When I do lace projects (and that would be most of my projects), I always want to make sure that the lace gets the spotlight, and so that usually means I have to wear a contrasting colour to show it off.
I don't have a lot of clothes right now. I was going to go and pull on my old standby black, longsleeved shirt, except it's not fitting right and well, frankly, I'm bored with wearing black. I rummaged through my wardrobe, and while I unearthed a few workout shirts I forgot about and some nylons I thought I'd lost, I still didn't know what I should wear.
Off to Walmart I went, and I came home with this $6 shirt. And hey, it actually looks pretty good against the beautiful silk in this shawl.
This shawl was knitted with Diamond Luxury Pure Silk Lace in a pink colourway. It's the first time I've knitted with pure silk, and it's quite lovely... such nice drape, and so nicely blocked. The pattern turned out so beautifully, even though I ran out of yarn before I finished all the charts. I could have done fewer basketweave repeats to finish the cherry blossom lace, but I still love it.
And yes, the irony of wearing a Walmart discount shirt with a luxurious lace stole is not lost on me. Needs must, I say. Most knitters rage against the abomination that is the big box store, but given that shopping options in this town are few, you take what you can get. And you know, in this case, I'm pretty happy with what I've got!