wait, what happened?

Yeah, that’s how I feel.  A little confused, a little lost, a lot behind.  Often whiny.  Where did the summer go?

But go it did, and the new semester starts on Wednesday.  All in all, this first year (or first year and twenty days) has been very good: not just second chances and academic challenges, but hot chicken, Robert’s Western World, giant chryselephantine Athena, new and old friends, George Strait, sloe gin, and a summer full of happy surprises too.

All that to say, I can’t complain.

But on to the knitting!

I finally blocked and photographed the stormclould shawlette.  It’s soft and airy and I love it very much.

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See how it opened up?  With lovely differences in texture in each section … I love the movement from dense to open and back again.

Please, let’s pretend that my bed is made and my hair washed.

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Since I like my shawls large and in charge — and was on a mission to use as much of my two precious skeins of Crown Mountain Farms sockhop as possible — this version has only a glancing kinship with the shawlette: I used almost two full skeins of fingering-weight yarn (approx. 400 yards) on size US9/5.5mm needles.  Final measurements: 68″ across the top, 20″ deep at the center.

A perfect, quick shawl.