Cover Me, I’m Going In

The husband has an engagement this morning, so I’m going to pin my Aeolian Shawl out to be blocked. Considering it takes up half our bed in the unblocked stage, it will likely take up the entire thing for this process.

So I need to get him out of the house, dunk the shawl, get the water squeezed out, set the foam mats on top of the bed (with a plastic sheet under it in case anything still drips_, pin all the little points out — and then make certain the cats don’t get into the bedroom after I close the door so they don’t decide to play with several months of work while it’s drying.

If you don’t hear from me in about two days, send the dogs.

Ooh, Shiny!

The weekend was cold and wet, which is not usual Southern California weather, so I spent a lot of time curled up on the couch wallowing in old movies and knitting. Made tremendous progress on both my Diagonal Jacket, with the right front now finished. I also finished the third section of my Shetland Pi Shawl and moved onto the fourth out of five.

There’s a bit of a problem, though. Both of these projects are in dark colors and after a while, my eyes were having a bit of trouble. Wrote my blog entry, did my discovery work for the day, and still wanted to do some knitting, so cast on a new project. It’s another Wendy Johnson design, this one knit from a single skein of Madelintosh Pashima yarn, a rather luxurious wool/silk/cashmere blend. I bought the skein specifically to use on this and I’ll confess I have actually been looking for an excuse to start.

Transverse Shawlette 120410

The color is “Betty Draper Blue” and since I became enamored of Mad Men this summer, I couldn’t resist. Also, it’s a nice tonic from the large amount of purple that seems to be pervading all my projects at the moment. The pattern is garter stitch, so the knitting is moving very quickly and the yarn is a pleasure to use.

Just as I’m making time to read and time to write, I’m also making time for the knitting. Slowly but surely, I can feel the well begin to fill again.

NaNo Progress, Day 3

783 words ahead of schedule. Considering I already know precious little writing will get done Sunday afternoon and Monday, getting ahead is a good thing.

In other news, I procrastinated enough to knit a row and a half on my Aeolian Shawl (no small time investment given the stitch count as I near the end), and took a walk when I realized I was simply staring at the screen. Trust me; getting out and moving for twenty minutes does wonders to help clear the head, relax the shoulders — and it helps with the candy bar I ate while procrastinating.