I've hit a hitch ("a hitch in my get-along" as my friend Margaret used to say:) ... have succombed to the cold I've been flirting with for over a week. Ptui! I am bored, bored, bored with gray, rainy, sick days. Sigh. I've pretty much done nothing for four days now ... except watch 'tv' and knit ... eat and sleep.
I have a date and an appointment tomorrow so I'm going to declare today as my last sick day (fingers crossed on making that stick). I did finish my Pebble Beach shawl using the hand dyed blue and raspberry colored merino yarns and it is staked out blocking right now:
It's pretty humid here in the MidAtlantic region with all the cold rain we have had so I have been letting my blocking sit for two days instead of just overnight so it will dry completely. I am pleased to say that it seems to be working fine. I took my first two items (the cowl and the blue ombre Eagle Twist shawl) off and they held their shapes nicely (you can see the very points of the ET shawl blocking above).
I like how the Pebble Beach shawl looks and feels. If I can find something to coordinate, I'll wear it tomorrow. :)
Since I'm still stuck indoors, I started another knitting project with my left over yarn from the Astrid scarf (now waiting to be blocked) - a Sencillo shawl. This one is a shallow crescent scarf with a knitted-on lacey edging. It is turning out to be really fun to knit ... but, unlike the Pebble Beach shawl which I would have thought would be a more complicated pattern, I just cannot seem to get the pattern for Sencillo to stick to my brain. I have to refer to the written pattern for every row even though I've already knitted almost ten repeats of the design. Shrug. I guess I can put it down to 'sick brain' syndrome. :P
Here's how it looks so far:
Warm light at my keyboard, photo taken with my iPhone. Once I get all these things blocked, I'll take display photos to share. :)
Tomorrow I am meeting with the 'alumni' from Seminole Sampler (my former staff members) for lunch. I haven't seen most of them for ages (well, half to three-quarters of a year). I've been having dreams about the store and my various staff members which tells me that I am truly missing them all. Sigh. I'm looking forward to trying to catch up on their lives. I don't know for sure exactly who will be there ... hope Robbyn comes, I really miss her.
I also have to take my kitty to the vet in the afternoon. She is definitely not well. She was doing fine while we were giving her the antibiotics but now that they are finished, she's slipping into a weaker state again - hiding out (usually she is right beside me or asking to be petted), crying occasionally. Poor baby.