Sorry for not reporting back sooner. Truth is I came home to a slew of building related and other problems and I'm struggling for the energy to blog. I've also got a severe case of the post SkipNorth blues...it was such a fun, fast paced, friendly weekend that coming home again seems very flat. However I'll get the chance to have a really good gloat over the new stash enhancements this weekend and I'll put up a blog post about them then.
In the meantime I have managed to cast on the Forest Canopy shawl using two skeins of HipKnits Silk Aran in various shades of pink and orange that the wonderful WyeSue gave me as part of her massive SkipNorth destash. At the moment it's still at the traditional crumpled mass of nothing that half made lace knitting always looks like, but I'm so amazed at myself actually knitting anything even remotely lace-like that I can't fail to be impressed with it. I do recommend this pattern for anyone thinking about dipping a toe in the lace pond, btw. It's easy. There's only three rows out of every eight that you actually have to pay attention to, and even with these the repeats are such that errors stick out like sore thumbs.
Last but not least, I stumbled across this on Ravelry. You have to love the kind of person that sits down and works out patterns like this, no?