I decided that there was no way I could keep all of it. No way. But since she wasn't taking any of it back (and I have her business card), I would knit her something and give it back in return.
I picked the liliaceae shawl from ravelry. It's part scarf, part shawl, and I had the right amount and weight of the yarn I needed, so I cast on. And I knit. I loved the charted lace, the short rows were new to me but i found I loved their little intriguing flip, and the i-cord bind-off just looks so polished.
That picture there was when the shawl was still natural, and completely unblocked. I had a small ball left, and I managed to knit two and a half lace swatches to experiment with dyeing in kool-aid. I liked the brown, but I wanted something purple, and a little richer in color. In the picture below, the larger swatch was done all in purple kool-aid, and the smaller one was 1/2 purple and 1/2 blue.
In the end I decided on a 5/1 ratio of purple to blue (the blue really took over, but I thought it needed a bit of the cooler tint). Without any blue, it looked purple in natural light, but brown inside. The final dye didn't quite turn out as I expected, but it is still a lovely color.
At this very moment the shawl is blocking, and I'm experimenting with overdyeing one of my purple swatches in a light, less concentrated blue dye bath to see how it turns out. Of course, if I dyed it again, I'd have to block it again.
Thoughts? Opinions? I can't wait to see the final project off the pins. I was a bit worried because one of the plies was significantly overspun, and I thought it might have the potential to un-kink itself and leave little loops all over my shawl, but it bloomed wonderfully.
Oh, and I made a peach-cranberry-banana-apple cobbler-bake-type thingie. It smells really good. Like sweetness and tart and cloves. Yum.