Larkin is finished and blocking/drying! It's very pretty and it's going to be hard to give away.
I didn't pin it out to block - I just sort of stretched it out on the floor. True blocking would have fixed that little ruffle at the edges, but since I doubt the recipients of this blanket - the parents of a new baby girl - will have time to do anything more than throw it in the washer and dryer, severe blocking seemed unnecessary.
I used about 8 and a half skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Whisker. I really like this yarn - it's a cotton/acrylic blend. It's a little splitty but not so much so to be really annoying. It's nice and soft and machine washable/dryable. I'm sure I'll use it again.
I had planned on casting on immediately for Myrtle, but..... I didn't! Last week I was in Madison for a conference and had just enough time to visit one yarn shop, The Knitting Tree. I was looking for a sagey green sock yarn to use for Pea Vines by Anne Hansen, but as soon as I saw the Dream in Color Smooshy in Cloud Jungle, I knew that was the yarn. That swatch-picture doesn't do it justice, but it's better than I could do. At first, the color reminded me of the old-fashioned green/brown army fatigues, but then I noticed the rosy smudges. It's just gorgeous.
ETA: Okay - I tried taking a photo with my iPhone - and it turned out closer in color than they one I took with my camera!
I cast on for the medium size last night - Pea Vines is worked from the bottom up, which means it gets smaller and smaller. I've never knit a shawl this way, but I have to say, it's kind of fun! The casting on was a bit tedious, but it's not nearly as many stitches as you would have for a full-size, lace-weight shawl.
Next week I travel again - first to San Antonio to see my sister, then to Austin for a conference. There may be more yarn shops in my future!