Last night, I finished the Spectra Scarf I've been working on this month. My mother-in-law was in town, and I worked furiously to get it done so I could give it to her before she left. I had to try and hide a smile when she complimented it, because up until the last minute, she didn't know I had been making it for her all along.
I could have gone a bit further, I suppose, but I'd reached the length directed in the pattern, and I didn't think I'd have enough of the darker background color to get around to the lighter green in the ombré yarn, anyway. It seemed like a good stopping place.
Technically, this yarn isn't quite ombré dyed. As you can see toward the bottom, the yarn goes back and forth between dark turquoise and dark green a few times before settling out -- much different than the gradual shift between shades of turquoise. Which makes sense when I think of it. The earlier color-shift is more one of intensity rather than a total change of color. But since they're such dark colors, it's not too jarring, I think.
Carolyn loves it, and I think it looks great on her. Plus she had just the outfit today to set it off perfectly. Too bad it's in the upper 70s outside. Let's hope her meeting takes place today in a typically Texas over-air-conditioned hotel.
So, what to knit next? I don't really have anything speaking to me right now, but I did run across some bluish-green(!) Alpaca lace-weight that I got in a yarn swap a while back. I'm thinking of something shawl-like that can be made in the neighborhood of 800 yards. I'm going to spend some time today digging through Ravelry and some of my books for ideas, but if anyone out there has some suggestions, let me know.