Here's the finished Gallatin Scarf (the pattern is free!).
This was a treat of a project, partly because of the pattern, partly because of they yarn -- which was Knit Picks Diadem in Diamond. The Diamond colorway has been discontinued, it seems, but I think Platinum is an equivalent color. I snagged a skein for under $7 almost a year ago, always intending it for a scarf. It's half baby alpaca and half mulberry silk. It feels like heaven.
After a few mishaps (which resulted in more frogging back than I'd like to remember), I got in the groove. It's a simple lace pattern, with a very pleasing result. I did use a finer yarn than the pattern called for (fingering weight instead of worsted), but used the recommended needle size. I like the result, which is a bit airy and perfect for Fall and Spring.
I haven't blocked this, and to tell the truth I'm not inclined to. It would even out the stockinette, though, which would be good -- after the lace portion, I opted for stockinette. Not only was it simpler than keeping track of which row was which, it also seemed more appropriate for my selected yarn.
That choice did result in a bit of stockinette "roll" at the neck, but I think that actually worked out nicely.
Now to wait until temperatures drop low enough to wear it! The weather has already cooled here -- flocks of Canadian geese are appearing overhead, and the morning temperatures are perfectly delightful. It makes me a bit giddy, to be honest! If only the mosquitoes would take a little vacay...