After 1) being away from this site way too long - shame on me -, 2) rigorously sticking to stockinette and garter stitch projects and 3) enviously eyeing MMario en Kerry's works of art, I'm proudly presenting you, tadaa, the Hanami stole, my first lace knitting. It's an anniversary present for grandmother and luckily (for me that is, not for her, obviously) her eyesight is not what is used to be, so she won't be noticing the freestyle basketweave motif...
If you're curious:
Pattern: Hanami by Melanie Gibbons
Yarn: Baby Alpaca Lace from Plymouth Yarn, colour 100
Needles: straight #3 / 3.5 mm
Notes: a backwards loop cast on, no beads, omitted chart F and ruffle, did chart E 1.5x and ended with 6 garter stitch rows
More pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47103938@N00/
And now on to upgrading my picture taking skills ;-)