It's been a tough week but I'm not ready to talk about it yet. Yesterday was the first day I felt like cooking in a LONG time, I made biscotti with cranberries and pistachios and they came out SO GOOD! It seems like it might be a sign that I'm starting to feel a bit better, but it's still too early to know what's going to happen. I'm sorry to be so cryptic but that's the way it needs to be right now. Thank you for all your well wishes, I appreciate them!
There has been a bit of knitting, too:
You may recognize this as one of my designs from a while ago. This sample is going to be my 4th attempt at making a pattern-photo-worthy version of this full-sized shawl design. The original shawl was knit in a garish color of Cherry Tree Hill yarn that wouldn't photograph no matter what, so I overdyed it with red dye and then realized I couldn't use it as a pattern photo because the yarn had been doctored. Then I decided to knit it in Kureyon Sock, only to find out I can't knit with that yarn at all because it's just too stiff . . . it's as if this little shawl is cursed!
But I may finally have found a way to get this pattern finished and released. I'm knitting a new full-sized shawl out of this new-to-me yarn, Skacel's Schoppel Wooles Zauberball in color 1536, which reminds me of the tropical sunset colors that inspired my Tramonto shawl. The colors in this yarn are a bit too bright for my taste and the shawl may end up being too bright to wear, but I'm confident it will photograph beautifully! The yarn itself is quite nice, too, it's easy to knit with and has a very interesting texture. It's single-ply, which is unusual for sock yarn, but it feels very strong and yet soft at the same time. It'll probably make awesome socks, too!
I'm spending a bunch of time today trying to catch up on my patterns. I'd love to release the cowl pattern sometime this month . . . we'll see how I do on that deadline. The pattern's pretty easy, but I'm stuck no the photography at the moment . . .