thank you everyone for sending so many good birthday wishes—i was flabbergasted by how many i received. i hope you’ll forgive me for not answering on this one day—i decided to try to knit and relax instead.
in between eating cake, that is, heh.
actually, i had a bit of a cake hangover yesterday—my own fault for not eating enough real food. turning 50 doesn’t prevent me from behaving childishly once in a while . . .
but can you blame me? starting with an italian “love” cake from janet during monday’s class, we had three big tempting cakes at our house in three days. the three-layer chocolate cake is from barb (the spinners came for a make up class on wednesday evening) and then there was david’s carrot cake. all delicious, all very much appreciated.
i just need to learn to pace myself a little better—i’m a fan of generous slices.
as it turned out, i didn’t get a whole lot of knitting done on wednesday—just a few rows while waiting for the our spinning class to gather (though i did have very nice leisurely day).
yesterday i needed to get some pattern writing done and had to be out in the afternoon and evening, so i wasn’t able to make it up then, either—i was completely beat when i got home and went to bed at 10:30.
which means that i was up before dawn this morning and finally, i had the hours of birthday knitting i promised myself. it’s growing . . .
i’m finally into the shawl enough to have worked through all the charts except the shoulder shaping at least once. designing with the body motif is tricky—there’s a lot of overlapping in the motif that creates a wonderful (but tricky) asymmetry. what looked mathematically correct on paper, needed quite a bit of tweaking as i worked through the charts the first time.
but now i have a much better understanding of how this motif behaves on the needles with the shaping. the charts are shaping up i think, so that on this second time through, i expect everything to go smoothly. i should be able to finally put together a pattern for the test knitters next week, yay.
and—my cake hangover is gone.
i’m really glad i did a test knit with another yarn—first of all, i will love owning one in this color and secondly, when i finally start the second one in my handspun silk/cashmere, i’ll have a much better idea of which pattern size to knit.
meanwhile, the rows on this one are definitely feeling shorter and going faster; once i get through this current repeat of the body charts, i’ll be able to start the shoulder shaping. maybe two or three more night’s work and i’ll be finished.
i may be compelled to infringe on time that’s supposed to be devoted to secret knitting . . . hmm, should i be “good” or give in and be “bad”??
i love how the finish really speeds up on a shawl that starts out so big.
i’m totally psyched to knit a second one . . .
more amaryllis growth has been spotted as well—i’m finding the bulb completely fascinating to watch day by day. tender green shoots are sprouting out of places that look way too wooden to have generated them
the leaves stand up one day and flop over the next, then stand up again.
why? i have no idea, but it amuses me to think of reasons . . .
my friend kris gave me a rose scented geranium yesterday, too. i haven’t had one since the year before last, when the ones we had succumbed to old age. i have hope that this one will survive longer, now that i know how to take better care of it.
have a good weekend; i’m going to see if i can add a few more rows to that shawl before i go get my hair cut this afternoon.