I think I have not shown you this shawl yet, other than a peek or two on Instagram (where the blue is not exactly as it looks in real life — here, the color is more accurately depicted and maybe a little gray for me).
I’m getting ready to go to Seattle for a weekend retreat where I will be speaking about Woman: Beloved, Blessed, and Beautiful: the woman’s vocation in God’s plan for the world.
This is how I get ready, with some built-in distractions:
… and not counting doing laundry and quickly getting out some spring clothes, since up until quite recently we’ve still been bundling up… and also not counting trying to get the two bathrooms up and running (but not painted, because that just has to wait a little).
Renovations make me crazy (and perhaps pull me away from blogging a little), although of course they are a good thing. And a necessary thing. But it’s easy for me to somewhat despair of ever getting things back to normal, and also there’s an anxiety I have about all — all! — my choices that I find paralyzing, because construction seems so permanent.
I mean, it’s obviously not permanent permanent, but it is expensive and not really an actual possibility to change.
Decorating is easier for me. In the back of your mind you know you can always switch things up if you’ve made a mistake. When I say easier, I don’t mean that I do a ton of it! Who are these people who are constantly decorating and renovating — how do they have the energy, mental and physical? I have all the ideas and dreams… just not the energy!
But… now I’m thinking of a white laundry room/lavatory with a blue buffalo-check curtain…
Anyway, I did finish this shawl, and I will post details on Ravelry. The yarn is Frogtree Pediboo sock (it might be discontinued, but it’s very nice) and the pattern is Holden by Mindy Wilkes.
I’ve gotten better at keeping lace straight, so this wasn’t as hard as it was the last two times, although there are some tricksy parts having to do with the fact that you are mirroring in some places, so suddenly where it’s all in groups of five stitches, a “six” is thrown in, which doesn’t seem right. But it is. (Also can we be very proud of me that I didn’t run out of yarn??)
A while ago my dear son Joseph very kindly gave me this lovely ornament for my hair. I mean, I assumed it was for my hair — I don’t think either of us knew about shawl pins. But of course, I had and have quite short hair. I think that maybe he was remembering how my hair was when he was little — very long, actually.
I always felt bad that I really had no use for this lovely silver piece… until now! So thank you, Joseph!
What are you up to?