I completed the last bit of finishing on Autumn Leaves last week. To recap, it was knit with Debbie Bliss Fez, which is mostly merino with a bit of camel (color: silver). I had been wanting to knit something with this particular yarn in this particular color since I first saw it last year. I think it was this lovely project by YarnSnob that finally got me off the dime. A different color and a different Jared Flood design, but it was an inspiration.
However, in the end, I have mixed feelings about the yarn. It's so cozy and warm, but it's sheddy and it doesn't seem to take well to blocking. Even after wet-blocking with wires, it seemed to assume much of its pre-blocked appearance. Also, it's not as drapey at this gauge as I anticipated. Still, it's a nice piece, even if people do assume I own a cat, what with the clingy little fibers everywhere (Note to self: DO NOT WEAR DARK COLORS with this stole).
This is wonderful pattern. You really have to see the whole thing to appreciated the design. I could see knitting up another one in either Shelter or a silky yarn (Great Big Sea Silk would be awesome). I would perhaps make it a repeat or two wider. It's an amazingly quick knit. I was very surprised at the speed with which I finished the knitting.
Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day.
Please enjoy my tiny collection of ghost-themed Valentine cards.