I'm off and John's working. That means 1) spring is here and 2) I have 'me' time! It means spring is here because John's boss got the landscaping contract for the college and that means John's back to work!! I'm very thankful for that; that means bills will get paid again... and we'll actually have food in the cupboards again.
I have me time today. It's been a long time since I've had time just for me. I've already given myself a facial this morning and now I'm trying to decide what to do with the rest of the time I have available to me. Of course, some of that time will be spent knitting, that's a given. I've been trying to decide whether or not to do some baking or some cooking. Until I decide, I'll knit. ;)
Speaking of knitting, I've really only been working on the alpaca shawl this week, and not very much on it, either. One of the projects at work (a 2 day job) was a little repetitive and has aggravated my already achy wrist, so knitting has been kept to a minimum.
I do, however, have pictures.
Progress. This part of the shawl is almost mindless. Almost because you do have to figure out how to add repeats at one point. The directions aren't very clear on how to do that. I managed, though. You can see I have a lifeline inserted...
That was a joint decision between John and myself (he's turning into my knitting advisor... how long before he picks up the needles??). I looked at the shawl; I looked at the yarn remaining. I wasn't sure there would be enough yarn and I had to decide where I could cut corners, if I had to. We decided that, if necessary, I could eliminate the second repeat of the straight section. After the straight section, the pattern calls for one repeat of the leaf pattern and then a treatment edging of some kind (haven't read that part completely yet, but it's not patterned, just knit rows and purl rows). Hence, the lifeline.
What do you think? Here's what I've got left...
It will be close, that I do know.
The last picture I posted of the shawl wasn't the greatest. Of course, lace always looks like a blob before it's blocked. However, I did take a better picture of the shawl, draped over the armrest of my recliner. It gives you a much better idea of what this shawl will look like.
There you have it. Now, on with my day... might even go for a walk in the rain. Yes, rain. Hey, at least it isn't snow!