Saturday afternoon, I completed my last short row on Cocoon, knit a full row, and finally bound off. That's two finished projects for 2016. As I handle not having a current WIP poorly, no one will be surprised that I cast on my next project that very evening.
Strathcona is a V-shaped scarf from Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook's book Island. It's like a shawl without the shawl, making it easy to wear. Its lacy, open mesh stitch is worked up in a linen yarn, making it the perfect spring and summer accessory. It's all style, no warmth, which is a necessity for Southern summers. I knew I was going to make it as soon as I saw it, and I knew which yarn I was going to use too–Classic Elite's Bella Lino. The model in the book sports a solid grey Strathcona, but I was positive a self-striping would make for an exquisite version with beachy vibe.
So far, I have not been disappointed. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I have a few stitches while knitting past my bedtime or in the midst of a conversation, but the stitch pattern is easy to rip out and catch up. The yarn is wonderful as well, with a myriad of color and textures in each skein.
I'm about half done with it; just into the left-slanting portion. I love how it looks. Bella Lino gives the scarf beautiful striations of different colors, textures, and weights. I can't wait to wrap it around my shoulders.