I've finished my first Luna Moth! I say first because I've got plans for two more - one for my son's teacher who is moving to New York soon, and one for myself. This is a photo of my daughter Rachel modeling it before it was wrapped as a gift.
I really enjoyed making this, and though I never did manage to memorize the pattern it went surprisingly fast - cast on May 1st, final cast off on May 15th. I gave it to my best-friend (since second grade) for her birthday today - it is a big birthday (one of those ends-with-a-zero ones) so I wanted it to be really special. She is also a professional chef (with a national reputation no less!) and does attend some pretty swanky affairs and she said that it'd be a perfect accessory so I'm really tickled that she liked it.
I made it in black Rowan Kidsilk Night and added a line of small Swarovski crystal beads on the final half-repeat starting at each point and going in. Try as I might I couldn't get the crystals to show in the picture... the kidsilk has a bit of silvery sparkle to it and the crystals set it off nicely. I initially knit it as instructed but when I cast off I realized it was a bit small, so I pulled out the cast-off (a painful process thanks to the mohair) and added two more repeats.
Now I just need to find the right color for the teacher - she asked for blues or greens & I'd love to find something like the teal color in Elann's Highland Wool but in a yarn like the Super Kydd. Any ideas?