I finished knitting the front and back pieces of the lace sweater and Annie of knitsofacto was right, there was more yarn in that ball of lace yarn that I thought. I had just enough yarn to finish the knitting and nothing leftover! Used it all up hooray! When I was done with the knitting it was already midnight, but I was so excited, I couldn't wait to block it, so I used my steam iron to steam block it on my ironing board which is too narrow to pin out the whole piece. I pinned it one part at a time and steamed it part by part. By the time I was done, I was all sweaty from the steam! My steam blocking is not perfect, but it's good enough for me to start seaming. Don't you just love how blocking transforms an ugly blob of knitting into pretty decent looking lace?
Since I have no more yarn, I will have to finish the neckline and armhole with another yarn. Dug in my stash and came up with a lace-weight mohair yarn in palest pink that would co-ordinate well, but it is a much thinner yarn than the Zephyr wool silk I used for the body. So I was thinking of using it for a narrow delicate crochet lace border for the neckline and armholes. But somehow, I still wasn't too happy with that idea. So I decided to rummage in another bag of stash yarn and found this furry nylon yarn that I bought eons (7 years) ago from Spotlight. Before you shudder at the thought of pairing furry synthetic yarn from Spotlight with the exquisite Zephyr silk wool, let me tell you that this synthetic yarn is like no other. I've knit a scarf for my daughter with this yarn before and it is soft and light as air. Initially I thought of knitting a furry peter pan collar, but then after sleeping on that idea, I woke up the next morning thinking that what I want to do is knit a hood for this lace sweater out of this furry yarn! I'm not sure how much yarn I need, but I have 2 balls of this yarn left 78m / 58yd per ball, to knit stockinette with 5mm needles. If it's not enough, I'll rip the scarf and use that yarn too. So here goes, and wish me luck!