Friday morning rolled around and I went to the doctor's office, got hooked up to everything, chatted a bit about the latest round of March Madness, and then had someone tapping me on the shoulder saying I was done. SO weird. The recovery has been slightly less easy than the procedure. I have 9 stitches in my mouth, had a bad reaction to the anesthesia (nausea, big time), a bad reaction to the painkillers (more nausea), and a bad reaction to the antibiotics (anyone wanna guess? that's right -- more nausea). I've been napping for days. And I've been knitting a bunch, too. That part has been fun, at least.
And so, I have a whole ton of progress to show you on my Super Secret Citron. Ta da!
Does anyone else think it looks like some sort of fuzzy blue seashell at this point? No? Just me? Must be the drugs... Anywho, along those lines, I'm even smitten with the way the mostly-used yarn cake looks...
Isn't it pretty?I'm about halfway through section 4 (out of 5 + ruffle) now, and still working through my first skein. Here's what I've learned in this week's installment of My First Shawl:
- Doubling laceweight yarn isn't terrible, but probably not a great idea for a first timer if it can be avoided
- Pointy needles will make your life much, much, MUCH easier (this has one row that is Kfb every stitch, and purling back through those stitches takes f o r e v e r with blunt needle tips)
- In a 5-section shawl (one that increases in size rather than decreases), you will use as much yarn for the last section and ruffle as you do for the first 4 sections. Still trying to wrap my head around that one...
- This pattern is totally, completely addictive.
Almost there! Kind of. Just a few more rows, then we bind off and sew up the shoulders. Yippee! I'm cautiously optimistic about picking up stitches around both armholes and the whole front of the vest. Fingers crossed, as usual with this thing!