In recent weeks, I've been in a bit of creative rut, so to speak. Oddly enough, I rarely like my knitting projects while they're works-in-progress, but then fall in love with them once I bind off. Am I the only one to experience this?
Anyway, when I managed to finish this (one of three long-standing knitting projects), I felt relieved and excited because the end result is even better than I expected. It weighs practically nothing, and it drapes beautifully, thanks to fingering weight yarn on large needles. As this was knit as a gift for a friend, the excitement comes in waves. Wave one: finishing and blocking it, wave two: seeing the recipient's reaction. Jessica, I hope you enjoy it! :) For more of the nitty-gritty details, see my Ravelry page.
P.S.— Now I kind of want to make one in grey. ;)
I love baking. I truly do. The difference between a bad afternoon and a good one can be as simple as a baked good. I love the slow process, the premonition of preheating the oven, sometimes playing around with different flavors. My favorites are your typical "home bakes," nothing couture. Cakes, cookies, brownies, etc., are all my go-to baked goods to make in my own kitchen.
Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing.
It's that time of the year when typically, as a born-and-raised Northerner, I'd be yearning for spring. That yearning isn't quite so pronounced here in Austin, but nonetheless, February is a month of almosts. Winter is almost over, spring is almost here, etc. And so it has been timely for me to indulge in a few self-care practices (and treats) while we're living in the almosts.