The P of P has managed to find her way through two more weeks without getting The Shawl finished. It's not that I just hang out eating bon bons...if I'm not working at the shop, I'm on the full tilt wool hustle here at home...and my knitting time, like my reading time, is relegated to after dinner, when I'm usually too tired to be very focused.
The problem appears (to me) that lace knitting is not a social activity. I am falling in love with it, and have some more projects lined up, but have no idea how to fit that kind of knitting into my life on a regular basis, unless I learn to get up in the wee hours and adjust to that schedule. Last time I tried that, it took me days to recover. I would love to hear how you all manage to fit this into your lives. Or better yet, tell me that eventually I'll get so competent that I'll be able to do this while watching television, movies, or chatting with Mr. Sunflower. He'd like the answer to that, also...he knows now he can only talk on purl rows...not conducive to fluid conversation.
So anyway, here's what I've done...I've written to Rene Dickey of knitsfinished.com (see our sidebar) and made a reservation for her to give it the final touches. I have sworn it will be in a FedEx envelope, winging its way to her, on Tuesday, August 21. She will then lovingly catch and repair the two dropped stitches I've found and block the entire shawl to make it look beautiful. I have told her this will be like the icing on the cake for me, and I'm very appreciative...she is a miracle worker. It will then zoom its way back to Taos, I'll take photos to share with you, and before we turn around twice, it will be adorning the shoulders of the bride.
I have no more excuses. Mr. Sunflower is leaving town today and I intend to spend the next two days doing nothing but knitting and getting this puppy finished. I swear. Stay tuned.
Now, for some fun:
a couple of days ago, one of our sales reps (that I had not met before) stopped in to say hi. Check her out! Meet Maryann and her husband Frank...this rep rocks. She actually knits socks on 4" needles while they travel. Aren't they cool? I am loving this. It reminds me of EZ, knitting behind the Gaffer, and the little scene at the end of one of her instructional videos where they get pulled over because she's knitting without a license. Also, I must admit a particular love of Harleys...and I won't get too far into that discussion, except to say they played a rather colorful part in my long ago life, and despite my having chosen a more traditional path after my explorations, I still have the sound of a Harley ranked as one of my favorite sounds in life.---Martie