It’s pretty fun having a professional knitwear designer in my circle of local knitting friends. Janel Laidman was working on a lovely garter-stitch lace-edged shawlette at our Monday night meetings for a few weeks in a row. I had been wanting to knit a lace shawl from one of the skeins of sock yarn in my stash, and I’d been perusing Ravelry trying to pick just the right one. But, when I saw Janel’s finished project, I decided I wanted to knit it. Something about seeing it in person… and it’s beautiful. The earthquake / tsunami in Japan had just occurred, so as she was publishing it Janel decided to offer it as a benefit to disaster relief. All those factors converged and I bought the pattern, picked the skein of blue wool/tencel I had from a few years ago at Black Sheep, and cast on. In one month, I was finished! It was a delightful project and a great spring neck-warmer during the remaining cool days.