Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vicarious Bitterness

I finished casting off the Bitteroot shawl this morning and I'm really pleased with it. Would you like to help me block it? I soaked it in Soak and put it in the front load washer on drain and spin. This is a great option and sort of makes up for not being able to felt.
TIG wires are my blocking wires. I slide them through the top.

Without stretching too tightly, I mark the point and work up on both sides. I even used a measuring tape!

Heart ache. What the heck is that? It's not a dropped stitch. I'll just have to carry on and fix it later.

Here she is on her soft white towels. I used clear colourless beads to mimic frost.

This is a brilliant and simple knit with a great motif. I hope to wear it this Christmas to brighten up my musician black outfit.
We practiced Messiah last night and it is so brutally not ready! We have two weeks to pound out the transitions and the runs. We perform with an orchestra on the Saturday before the first Advent Sunday.
I took some time this weekend to shop here in Chilliwack and found some great gifts and some great prices. Scotty was "home" which meant he had the car and was out with friends. But I was lucky to find things on my list nearby.
I worked Sunday night. I didn't take a break, but there were quiet times between rounds and treatments, so I was satisfied. I knit on the sock and other nurses brought out their knitting. What a treat! It was a difficult shift with palliative patients, but the other nurses are great supporters and we were able to do our best for them.
I am thankful to have a healthy family, some fun Christmas plans and a new shawl to sport to them. If I only look at the berries, I can enjoy their beauty without the bitterness.


Neuroknitter said...

Beautiful shawl!! I keep looking at that one and believe I need to get it on the needles in the not too distant future...was it memorizable? I'm so sorry about that hole...I hope it's an easy fix!

Your outlook is awesome! I will take the lesson to heart...so many things to be thankful for this season, my woes are pretty insignificant. Thanks for the gentle reminder!

J. Kwiatkowski said...

That's a beautiful shawl. I love the glistening little beads. I was kind of glad when I made a teensy mistake with one of my shawls, it gave me an excuse to keep it for myself.
Have a great performance!

Mindy said...

It's beautiful.

I hope that little hole isn't too much of a bother to fix.

Life's a Stitch said...

Ouch. Hope it's easily fixed. Lovely for Christmas.