First, the fiber stuff. :) I put-to-block two more knitting finishes yesterday afternoon. The first, shown above, I finished a couple of months ago but have just now gotten around to blocking.
My daughter gave me some beautiful hand dyed yarn in a green-blue-yellow gradient and two skeins of it went into this shawl. Here's a close up so you can see the stitches:
I absolutely love this one! It has a bit of texture and a pretty picot finish ... scalloped bottom edge from the fan stitch, and the wool is luscious to touch and wear. :) The colors feel very spring/summer-y, too. Color always makes me happy.
Unfortunately, I no longer remember what pattern this uses. I looked though my archive of knitted shawl patterns but can't find it anywhere so I'm guessing I purchased the pattern. Sigh. I'm trying to do a better job of documenting what I make but, remember, mindless hobby. Grin.
The second one is the Astrid scarf I made last week. This one is just funny and fun:
Those bobbles are an aberration for me - I grew up in the original bobble phase of decoration (well, in the 50's - I bet the Victorians used lots of them, too:) and, for the most part, I find them annoying. Don't know what made me try this design except for a fit of whimsey. :) In the result, I find it funny to wear. My daughter suggested that I put little bells inside the hollow balls of the bobbles. LOL!
The yarn for the Astrid scarf is hand dyed cotton and quite a bit larger in diameter than what I have usually been knitting with recently. Feels almost coarse in comparison (except that it is such soft cotton:).
The pink and green varigation of this yarn pleases me, too. I have loved various combinations and values of pink and green for years ... from very pale (one of the few pastel combinations I like:) to very dark values and everything in between. I rarely wear pink (except shades like fuschia and magenta) but I think it is a happy color. :)
Yesterday was a sunny day which was sort of a shock to me. Wednesday AND Thursday were sunny - pretty rare for our winter this year here in the midAtlantic region. We've had endless gray days, many of them with misty rain. Dreary.
Unlike Wednesday, yesterday was extremely blustery - the wind was powerful and made my car dance all over the road when I drove my kitty out to the vet yesterday afternoon. She got another fluid treatment (and will get another one today) and seems to be feeling at least a little better. She is eating anyway, which is a good thing. :)
I went to the weekly daytime group meeting of my 'traditional' guild yesterday morning. This requires me to get up earlier than usual by about two hours ... but the effort was worthwhile. I got to see lots of folks I have known, as aquaintances, for many years ... and to chat with new ones, too. A lady named Pollie whom I did not know sat beside me at table and we chatted for some time. It was a pleasure to meet her.
One thing I realized on Wednesday when I was talking to my friends from Seminole ... I _need_ social stimulation. My husband and son do quite well at home with themselves for long periods. I can do that for a day or two, but I need to see other people and socialize or I start withdrawing into a dark cave. I do belong to two guilds and a couple of friendship circles and I really need to make more effort to get out and see folks I care about. Other people's lives are taking place at the same time mine is and I need to stay in contact. Seems kind of obvious when I think about it ... but easy to overlook. :)
Today I have an appointment to get a pedicure and have to take the kitty back to the vet again (which entails a half hour drive west on the Interstate). Other than that, I hope to get my post office bundles at least packed up and addressed.