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I wasn't born with wings, so I'm trying to make my own
Wednesday, January 29, 2003  

Ah, four day weekend, here I come! And tomorrow it's time for cake and presents. I already know what Mark got me because I picked it out. I'm on a gigantic silk streak, so I got myself a big ol' box of dyed and undyed silks from thesilkworker. Her's are so beautiful (but expensive) that I'm going to try my hand at silk dyeing. I've done wool and I tried silk once, but it didn't turn out too wonderfully. Part of it was my technique, but an even bigger part was the crummy silk I used. So, I figure I'll start with the same stuff the master uses and see if that helps. Plus, I've picked up a couple of tricks since my last attempt, so I'm feeling a little more confident. Work on the shawl has slowed down a bit since I've been so butt-kickingly busy. I didn't get any work done on it Monday, and then just two rows yesterday and two so far today. So, like I said SLOOOOOOW. But I'm more than halfway through the lace, so it's getting there. My goal is to finish it on Saturday, though, so I have to get moving. I'm off tomorrow, so I think I'll stay up late tonight and get some real knitting time in. And once I'm done with this shawl, I can get back to more spinning. I've been so obsessed with working my way through this shawl and getting to have an FO that I've pretty much ignored all else. I pet my new silks every day, but I haven't gotten any serious spinning done, but I'll have to remedy that! Anyway, I tried to get a good picture of the lace, but it's not showing up very clearly. I'll try again when it's finished and blocked, but here's the lace on my shawl in progress.

Like I said, I couldn't really get a good detail, so all you can really see are the yarn overs, but there's a ridge going down the center of a two lobed leaf pattern (at least, that's what I think it looks like). The picture of the lace in the book is much more clear, but I'm pretty sure putting that on my blog would infringe something (you know a copyright or some such nonsense :-) just kidding) So, hopefully I can get a better picture later so you can see all my hard work. In other new of my life, I'm getting happier with my job again. My supervisor is keeping me on secretarial work instead of the other more physical job because he thinks I'm doing a really good job at the admin stuff and doesn't want to lose me, so I'm very complimented and happy about that. Also, my supervior complained about the two new people while we were alone the other day, so I now know I'm not the only one who doesn't like these two and I also know he sees their work, sees mine, and knows what kind of quality he's getting from whom. That doesn't make my job any more stable, but it's nice to be appreciated, so at least I'm happier to be there now. Anyway, I'm off to get some progress on the shawl. Here's hoping the birthday fairy has a big fiber load this year :-) Not like I need any more fibery stuff, but oh well :-) I'm young, maybe I'll eventually use it all :-) Have a great day everyone!

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