Thank-you very much for al l the lovely comments about my Deep bolero, you are very kind.
The bad news is I'm going to have to send it off to Rowan for investigation because of the colour loss.
I'm not looking forward to this at all, but I'm trying to look on the bright side- guess it hasn't been weather for a summer top anyway, and won't be anytime soon.
They say that if there is a major problem with it they will refund the cost of the yarn and either give me a voucher as a good-will gesture, or my cardie back.
I want my cardie! I spent plenty of time on that and don't want to say goodbye so soon!
I won't get a chance to send it off for a few days anyway, but I'll keep you posted on the outcome.
To keep my mind off it, I have been....knitting, wouldn't ya know? I decided on some Rowan Kid Classic as the yarn of choice for my non-babyish version of the Fibertrends Lace Leaf Shawl. I enjoyed working with this yarn when doing Emmeline last year and I think I have enough in the stash. The good thing about starting with just a few stitches and then building up is that if you run short of yarn, or think it's big enough, or get bored, you can stop. At the moment, after one ball, it is "kerchief" size, but I'm definitely up for keeping going for a good while yet.
I am really enjoying this pattern, and am finding the chart straightforward to follow. I was never a great chart-lover, but I'm really warming to them.
One thing I love about this pattern is that it tells you exactly what to do, it doesn't make assumptions and it doesn't do that thing where lace patterns say something like, "if you do not have enough stitches to work the double-decrease then do not work the corresponding yarn over" and stuff. It tells you exactly how to work the edge stitches, which is just what I need.
Really enjoying it so far, and full of bright ideas for my Rowan International Hearth and Home exchange.
Thanks again for the lovely comments about Deep.