Before I go rambling on about anything else, I want to start off by thanking everyone for all the kind words about my shawl. I don't get to hang out with fiber people very often (but I don't think I could ever get enough. Fiber people are the best!), so to get so much positive feedback means a lot to me. So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Also, the shawl pattern will be available eventually. Once I finish knitting it, I will look into getting it out into the world somehow. I have gotten suggestions for both Spin Off and the Knitting Vault, but I'm not sure which direction to go. If you have any advice or experience with publishing a pattern with either, I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Work was much better today. I actually got some more serious tasks today, and they were things that will be part of my regular duties, so I felt somewhat productive. And it was Friday, which is something that usually improves my outlook on life. What makes this Friday even better than usual is that Mark has tomorrow off, so we actually get to have an entire day together! This is quite a big deal for us, because I work Monday through Friday and Mark works Saturday and Sunday (among other days) so we hardly ever have a day together. It is such a luxury for us just to wake up together and have breakfast together and laze around in our pajamas. I've been looking forward to it.
So far I haven't pulled out any more UFO's into the light of day. There is a very precarious balance in my craft room and I just haven't had the energy this week to risk having everything come tumbling down. I keep organizing it, but I also keep getting more STUFF and I'm starting to feel like the girl in that Shel Silverstein poem who wouldn't take the garbage out (although none of my precious fiberies are garbage. No they aren't, precious). So, in lieu of anything interesting, I'll leave you with a picture of my sock in progress. I promise no more pictures of this pair until they're done! These are going to be for my mom for Christmas. She hates the feel of any wool, so I can only make her cotton socks. This pair is made from Sock Candy in the colorway Hurricane. I really love the yarn for knitting, but I'm not sure how much she'll like the pair for wearing. Her favorite yarn for socks (so far) is Cascade Fixation because of the stretch to it. I understand where she's coming from, but after knitting many pairs from Fixation, I'm tired of the squiggly look of the yarn. The stitches in Sock Candy are just so tidy and pretty. And I absolutely adore this colorway. I may have to call Blue Moon and see if I can get spinning fiber in this colorway. But, I'll keep my fingers crossed that these socks are super comfy so I can keep using this yarn, because I'm loving it.
P.S. I'm also loving the song Fidelity by Regina Spektor - kind of bubble gum, but so sweet and happy. I love the lyrics. Happy weekend, all!