I don't know if anyone else pays attention to these things, but I redid my tags and categories over the weekend. I now have tags for broad categories like "socks", "shawls", "wool" and so on, and categories for each individual project, sorted into the top categories of "in progress" and "finished". It makes for easier navigating for me, anyway! (But boy, it sure shows how many projects I've done since I started this blog. And I'm very happy to say I have 31 completed projects and 6 frogged ones vs. 11 in-progress ones. It's better than I've done, historically!)
Anyway, here's the progress on the Many Happy Returns shawl:
Yarn used: Bare Merino Laceweight from KnitPicks. Needles: 4mm.
YCHWM-Sheep has been bleating a lot of encouragement as I work through this project. For one thing, she's been keeping me on schedule! I'm currently 16 rows ahead of today's target, and will be knitting more tonight. (I admit that my Excel chart is also partially responsible for the ability to stay on track, but the sheep is even more important!)
As well as being invaluable in keeping track of my chart and keeping me on schedule, YCHWM-Sheep has been instrumental in helping me figure out when to stop knitting. It turns out that this particular lace pattern is just a touch too complicated to do while I'm tired, so at night, my sheep bleats at me when I tip over to "too tired to follow the chart".
And when I keep knitting anyway, she patiently helps me unravel the stitches I've screwed up so I can re-knit them. On the bright side, I've gotten much better at unraveling from the center of a project rather than having to rip all the way back… on the less bright side, I've had to do that way too many times so far. Gah.
There is, however, a difference between being "too tired to knit lace" and "too tired to knit". I thought to myself: what have I got on the needles that's easy, easy, easy?
Well! I have the Obama socks!
Yarn used: Navy Essential from KnitPicks. Needle size: 2.5mm.
These are called the Obama socks not because they have the Obama logo on them, but because I started them at the Democrat caucus in Washington, back in March. As is usual for me, the first sock was slow-going (two and a half months, sheesh — but this is not a record by any means), but the second sock is likely to be much quicker. I always think "must finish second sock! Then I'll have a pair!" Plus socks are nice and portable, which means I can take them out to dinner (they like tacos).
And because I couldn't resist a few more pictures of this wonderful, adorable sheep, here:
This is Cute Little Dorset Horn Sheep, who is not the only Dorset Horn sheep in my collection, but is the only one who looks like this. :) He is so cute it boggles the mind. He normally lives near the television, in a flock-of-two with Librarian Sheep. Like many of the sheep that have been featured on this blog, he's from New Zealand! He traveled all the way home with me and has said that he really enjoys the States. He expected to miss seeing so many sheep around, but apparently he feels right at home in my house, where you can pretty much find sheep (and we are not talking a small amount of sheep) in every room.