Oh, and I spotted this car when we were out driving last week - it's a Fisker Karma, which I'd never heard of. From behind, it made me think of an oversized Corvette:
I think the personalized license plate explains how they could afford this $100,000+ car...
Yesterday I got to spend some time with my favorite little guy, Davis. We did it all - played cars, puzzles, drove around in the Little Tykes car, cooked all kinds of things in his mini kitchen, washed some pajamas in the machine that's on one side of the kitchen, plus he made me a smoothie out of a potato, an egg, chips, and pickles. I got a text while I was there, and as I read it, he ran and got his toy cell phone:
I also showed him my homescreen, which is a picture of me and Paco. I was quite impressed that after demonstrating just once how to push the big button to turn the phone on, he was able to do that...and kept saying "Hi Paco" every time the picture came up. He also gave Paco kisses. And tried to feed him a raisin. What a sweetheart!!!
I finished the last hat that I was making for Erica - my Sarah Jessica Parker hat:
Of course, I renamed this particular one the "Erica Jessica Parker" hat!
All the headwear - Sugar Pine Rasta, EJP, earwarmer headband.
Once I sent off the hats, I picked up my bigger projects. Because they take so long to slog through, I don't get the (almost) instant gratification from them like I do with hats, which makes it easy for me to set them aside. I started working on the pink shawl...I'd made it through the body and started on the lace edging, but it got confusing and I was pretty sure what I did wasn't right. Two months later, I took out the lace and started again. I met up with my runner/knitter friend Stephanie for moral support, but even she got confused at one part (SSK-SL3 for you knitters). After looking it up online, and reading eight pages of posts about this particular shawl on Ravelry, it finally made sense. Huzzah! I completed two repeats of the lacework and started on another...and somehow it went wonky. The thing with lace is that it's hard to take out stitch-by-stitch. I tried and tried, and ended up having to take out EVERYTHING that I just did. Frustrating, to say the least. Also, this is why I like hats!!!
The next afternoon, I started again. Each repeat has 14 rows, and they are all very different. It takes me nearly one hour per repeat, and I cannot lose concentration - if the phone rings while I'm in the middle of a row, it has to keep on ringing. I've now finished three repeats - here's my hard-won progress:
This will only make sense to knitters, but the instructions for one of these rows goes "K3, K2tog, YO twice, SSK, K2tog, YO twice, SSK, K4, YO, K2tog, YO, SSK, K1, SSK, YO, K2" - intense, to say the least!
I have no idea when I'll get this finished. One lacework shawl per year seems to be my speed, and honestly, it's still so challenging that I need a major break (and the time to forget all the frustration that comes my way with this kind of knitting) before I'm mentally ready to attempt another. That said, I think this is going to be really pretty when it's finally completed.
Have a great weekend - I'm taking Memorial Day off from the blog, so I'll see you all next Wednesday!