Aeolian #2, aka the Periwinkle Aeolian, is coming along nicely. This one won't have nearly the amount of beads as the first one, and will be smaller, more scarf-sized than shawl-sized. I really like this yarn. It's so soft and cushy; it is, after all, baby alpaca lace-weight.
And I've cast on ANOTHER shawl... are you surprised? Finish one, cast on two; isn't that how it works? This one is Gail aka Nightsongs. I found the pattern for this shawl through Ravelry; it's a free download. That's always a good thing! I have no idea what the yarn is. I do know it's a fingering weight sock yarn, 100% wool, but that's about all I know. It's been in my stash for quite some time, but has been wound into cakes and has no tags. It is very nice to work with and I love the colours in it; does anything else matter?
Without giving anything away, I have a recipient in mind for this shawl. I do not often give my shawls away; to date, I've only given away two of them and it almost feels like giving away a child. But, in this case, I think it will be the right thing. It just feels right.
This pattern is "different". If you've listened to the podcast, you'll have heard about this shawl. Most of the shawls I've knit to date have been, more or less, "built" the same way. There are two or three edge stitches, with a yarn over, knit one, yarn over at the center to separate the two halves. (You can sort of see that in the Aeolian picture.) If you look closely at the picture of the Gail shawl, you won't see a center line. You will see a double yarn over, and that is it. (The tail at the top is the center of the shawl.) It took me a while to wrap my head around that, but once I did, well... the rest is easy! It isn't a difficult pattern, but I do find that I have to pay attention.
As far as my health goes, this cold has really knocked the spit out of me. I woke up this morning with a terrific sinus headache, but drugs have helped. Drugs are good. I'm finally feeling a little better now; I did go to work the last two days even though I probably should have stayed home. There were, however, jobs that needed to be done, and in the doing, I kept busy. I wasn't working directly with anyone else, so I did what needed doing, but did leave early. I'm pretty sure I'm over the worst now, thankfully!
Now, there's a man who wants to get on to the computer for research purposes. I suppose I should let him; it means he'll leave me in peace while I knit. Does it get any better than that??