Over the summer I got it in my head to crochet a shawl for my soon-to-be new sister-in-law. A few years ago I made a Seraphina's Shawl out of aran weight alpaca yarn I picked up during my Crochet Me book tour, and I thought the pattern would be exactly what I wanted in a much finer laceweight yarn – something delicate looking, in a pattern that's easy to memorize and relaxing to work. Of course I didn't finish the shawl in time for the August wedding, but I did finish it in time to give it to my sister-in-law for Hanukkah. Phew.
I would have used a 3mm hook with the Indigo Moon Natural Muga Silk yarn but I didn't have one the night I was desperate to start, so I used a 2.5mm hook assuming the stitches would relax in blocking (I was right).
I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story. (There are some more details on Ravelry.)
Texture before blocking.
I very gently wet blocked the shawl.