This was my first full week back at work, and it really dragged. I've got a bit of a cold which didn't help. My manager has apparently taken a new year's resolution to be very proactive both in tackling new things (many of which I don't think are actually adding any value) and in managing my time (which is kind of annoying). Six more weeks plus two weeks holiday and my contract will be finished.
But one good thing about the job is that I can sit indoors downstairs and knit during my lunchtimes. I am halfway through the Pretty Thing cowl in Adriafil Carezza angora and it's looking pretty good. I've also almost finished the third chart repeat of the second Featherduster shawl that I am knitting for myself after giving the first one away.
But I was pleasantly surprised. It blocked flat fine, and when I took it off the wires it was so soft and ethereal. Most of the nupps flattened out in blocking, and my always erratic tension doesn't glare as much as I feared. I measured and it's coming out a little on the wide side, and the length so far is about 1/3. I've done three chart repeats, and I calculate I need to do eleven chart repeats. So I felt heartened about the project, put it back on the needles and knit a few rows during TV knitting. I'm more experienced at lace now as well, than when I started the project a few years ago, so it is easier now.
I'm almost finished Day 20 of the Advent Calendar Scarf 2010 (having skipped Day 18). Day 20 didn't start out well, I had to frog twice and was starting to feel really inept until it occurred to me to check the errata. There I discovered that the starting stitch count was wrong, which resolved the issue.
The Red and White Stars quilt is off the frame now, although it still needs some manual quilting before it wil be done. I need to do some maintenance on the frame, the takeup roller is freewheeling now and I need to reglue the end caps. Then I will load up the next quilt which I think is the Kaffe Fassett Lone Star top.