Well, these were a bit of a slog, but I've finished them, and I'm really happy with the way they turned out! They are a wedding gift for a good friend of mine, and they're a fair bit late, but hopefully no one is keeping track! She sometimes reads my blog but fingers crossed she'll get these before she spys them on the internets...
Project Stats: Moss Grid Towels
Pattern: Moss Grid Towel, from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Euroflax Linen in Champagne, 2 skeins (one per towel)
Needles: Clover bamboo straights, size 5
Time on the needles: August 22-September 29, 2007. Which isn't bad really. Contrary to the photo, there are two of them, and the second towel definitely took longer than the first. Initially I was really trying to have both done by 9.1 (ha!), but once they were going to be late I admit I lost my impetus to hurry.
Impressions: These were fun to knit, and if I know you and there is an appropriate occasion you might also receive some. The linen took some getting used to because it doesn't have much give, but overall I enjoyed knitting with it. The pattern is easy and the results are stunning (I think). I'd be thrilled to have some of these in my bathroom, so hopefully the recipient will like them too! My only issue is that the pattern calls for 12 repeats of the grid pattern, and I was only able to do 11 without running short on yarn. Thankfully I had done my homework on Ravelry and knew that this might be a problem, so I was prepared to weigh my yarn and make the towels shorter if necessary. It was.
This weekend was the start of the Seattle Cyclocross Series. It was a muddy mess: Dave came in 5th out of over 50 people, so the misery was worthwhile!