At long last I have finally finished this lace stole/shawl/scarf thing.
It's the Cleopatra Wrap from the book Sensual Knits. This thing has been in my WIP basket for so long I think it left a permanent shadow. I am truly relieved to have finished it, but I am surprised how much I like it now that it's been cast off and blocked.
The blocking process was a hoot, and my only available blocking surface - really the only surface larger than a laptop in my rented room, my bed - was just barely big enough to fit it. Whenever I get around to settling down, I will definitely invest in blocking wires, since I anticipate knitting many more lace things in the future.
I had bought a set of blocking wires pretty cheap (I think it was this set, but I could be wrong) when I started this project a couple years ago, but they couldn't fit in my luggage when I moved so they probably ended up at Goodwill. I'm not exactly sure what happened to a lot of my stuff. I left an apartment mostly full and two of my girlfriends, who are dear sweet angels, "dealt with it" for me. I was never a hoarder or anything, but being able to just leave all my stuff behind and not worry about its fate was a milestone in my personal development, I think.
Successfully finishing such a long term project creates the itch to cast on for a bunch of stuff, especially after looking at the new issue of Twist Collective. But with the holidays coming up fast I need to stick with WIPs and mittens for my family.