The idea of knitting lace shawls appeals to me. I can become fanatically passionate when something creative sits on my mind for awhile. I have books, needles, and have amassed many skeins of yarn ideal for knitting lacy shawls.
There is the Tilly Garden Shawl that I have nearly complete. My first stab at knitting a lace border on - it is going well, but has been pushed aside. Chris asked for a sample for her shows and that has been finished and delivered. It was a joy to make and I am sorry not to have taken a photo of it before hesitantly handing it over to her last weekend.
It is not surprising to me that I picked up the yarn, pattern, AND needles for this Feather and Fan shawl while visiting Charleston, SC last month. It was destiny and the stitches were cast-on before we returned to our villa that evening. I've continued to work on it since returning home. I am content to finish a few rows and peruse the wonderful memories we created on such a fantastic adventure.
A LYS had stocked O~Wool Balance. It is 50% organic merino and 50% organic cotton. The colors were fabulous and I decided on the Lutea Lace pattern in the 2007 Summer Interweave Knits. The yarn is dreamy and blocked beautifully. The pattern has some issues and will no doubt have errata published, but if you are comfortable with your knitting, you will be able to figure out where they went wrong. I used size 7 needles and less than 4 skeins of yarn.
My needlepoint has gone by the wayside. After visiting Theresa last week, I decided to shock her and get to work on my bargello pillow. I finished all of the boring stitches and only have the varying, exciting ones left. At this rate I will have my first finished needlepoint project finished by July 4th - I don't count the eyeglass kit I made for my mom a few years back.
All in all, the decrease in work has much improved my spirits and allowed me to return to my creativity. I'm hauling butt to finish one more work in progress because Chris asked for another sample...and it is a pattern I have long wanted to knit!