I am a bad blogger. I haven't posted since Monday and now it's Thursday afternoon, I should totally be working because it's my last day in the office until next Wednesday (woo hoo! vacation!), but instead, I'm updating this blog.
I predict that the Spinnerin shrug will be completed tonight. I've finished the majority of it -- I've got 6 more garter stitch rows for the bottom edge, 8 rows of garter on each sleeve edge, and then sew it up. I promise pictures. I'm actually pleased with it so far. I'm normally more of a crocheter, so it's my most intense knitting project to date. I hope it comes together like it's supposed to. It's a birthday present for my friend Allison, who I'll see tomorrow when we're on vacation.
As I mentioned above, I leave for vacation (a long weekend, really) tomorrow. Four nights in lovely Lake Tahoe: yarn on the beach! beer in hand! I'm really looking forward to it, as it's a long-standing tradition with friends and family to be there for the 4th of July. We've got a group of 11 going this year. We normally go for a full week, but with weddings, pregancies & other vacations, we all decided that Tahoe should be shorter this year. Tahoe is also going to be somewhat bittersweet because the boyfriend of my good friend, Carrie, passed away in March. Tahoe of last year was one of the first group activities that Carrie brought Brent to, and we all had such a good time. It all seemed so perfect: most people were paired off and happy, and there was wedding & baby talk in the air. When Brent passed away, it was just so sudden and such a shock to all of us, but of course, to Carrie most of all. She decided not to come to Tahoe this year, for the first time in many years. There are a lot of reasons for her decision and I respect her for them. And even though I'm excited to go and I know we'll have a great time, there is just a tinge of the bittersweet.
It's hard to successfully transition from loss back to knit & crochet, but I'll try. I've had some requests for the pattern of the shrug I was pictured in on Crazy Aunt Purl's blog. It's a vintage pattern and when I get back from vacation, I'll post it. Here are some photos of my mom in a version that I made for her.
When I'm crocheting on the beach, I've decided that I'll be crocheting the Seraphina Shawl. I wanted to do something that is relatively easy, yet interesting. My friend Ellen has made numerous versions of this shawl and they look lovely, so hopefully, it will work out. Also, I think this will be a good stash-buster project. Now I just need to decide which yarn I want to use. Hmm, this could take a while.