I swooned when I saw Gloriana's Lush and Lacy cardi and immediately bought the pattern from SweaterBabe.com. Well, ok, I might've checked out a few versions on Ravelry first... The pattern is knitted using Classic Elite Lush, an angora blend, but suggests Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran as a substitute. As it so happens (!), I have 9 balls of that very yarn that I bought at 50% off from The Point a while ago. In fact, I remember that then-pregnant Steph bought a few balls in a pink color because she knew she was having a girl. Her little Peanut is about to turn one, so that gives you an idea of how long the yarn has been in my stash... (Not long, not long at all).
After swatching, I realized that I was going to have to recalculate a few things. Not a big issue, but while I was at it... I'm not a big fan of the diamond lace pattern. After going through my Barbara Walker stitch pattern books, my eye fell on something familiar: the honeybee pattern that Schrodinger used for the Honeybee socks! My jaw dropped when she casually took those out of her knitting bag and I just could not figure out how she made that intricate bee. Next thing you know:
Check out the Bees:
I think they look like hearts! Very a propos for today ;)