Happy Valentine's Day!
My Dad never fails to send me roses. What a sweetheart. Though I must say, I have never really gotten over the horror of working at a florist during the Valentine's Day rush. For several years, the sight of roses gave me the willies. I'm to the point now where I can appreciate them again, but even thinking about those three Valentine's Days when I was at the florist sends a cold shiver down my spine. It wasn't a very pleasant place to work during the best of times, but Feb. 10-14 were the worst. We processed about 400 dozen roses each V-Day season, and each had to have the end cut, thorns stripped, and either be inserted in a vial of water and wrapped in paper, or arranged in a vase. And delivered. Those of you who received roses (or other flowers) today, think a sympathetic thought for your florist.
In other news, here's the finished alpaca shawl. I believe I mentioned that I had only been spinning for a couple months when I made the yarn for this project. It really, really shows. The bottom half of the shawl is thicker and fuzzier than the top half. I was hoping it wouldn't be too obvious after washing, but as you can see, the yarn didn't change much.
The shawl is 56" x 56" x 80". Pretty big- that's a queen-size bed it's on. I may wear it around some and see if the top fluffs any more. I'm somewhat disappointed with it as it is now.
I "started" another project yesterday. This is a partially finished sweater that a co-worker asked me to finish for her. Two and a half years ago. I feel a little bad that it's taken me so long to get to this, but since she started it 13 years ago, I figure she can't be in too much of a rush to have it finished!
This is a picture of how it looked when she gave it to me. The back is mostly done, and the front is about half done.
I finished the back last night, and got the front to where the neck decreases start. This is definitely not a project that I would have picked out for myself. The pattern is nice, but the yarn is a weird pinky purple color, and it's thick 4-ply/2-ply cabled cotton. It kind of reminds me of Kitchen Cotton that I use for dishcloths. It's splitty and rough.
The stitch pattern is nice, though. Sort of basketweave, with crossed twisted stitches.