Winter seems to start afresh here in Western New York every week or two. Then the snow melts away and everything seems dull. And don't try to tell me about the days getting longer. I'm not having any of it. Winter's getting tired and I'm getting tired of it. Period.
In knitting, Fleurette and the Amaryllis Mittens are languishing on the end of the couch. I finished my relaxing project, a North Sea Scarf and just cast on for my fourth Swallowtail. The living room curtains remain in an unhemmed state.
The wedding shawl is coming along nicely. Not so secret any more, I'm knitting the Curved Shawl from Victorian Knits Today. The main stitch, in fact the only stitch in this shawl, apart from the edging, is Birdseye, or Spider . I'm almost finished the body, just 2 or three more pattern repeats. Every couple of rows in the 12 row repeat features a series of double decreases, which I stupidly started out by following the original pattern and doing them as k3tog. I didn't want to change in the middle so I've kept at it and can only work on it for short periods since it makes my hands hurt. Of course, about halfway through, I read the side note, which suggests using other, less stressful double decreases such as sl2k1psso and the like. I now recall that I made the same mistake with the Trinity stitch from Barbara Walker once while knitting the centre of another shawl. Story of my life: forge ahead and repeat the mistakes of the past. Nevertheless, it is lovely. I have shown it to the bride and she has approved. I will be done by the end of February or else.
I won't show you what it looks like here now. It's too horrible, but here's what it was like on January 19th - a picnic in the park. Imagine.
Have you seen these lovely aerial views of tulip fields yet? Mmmmm.