To prove to you all that I have been knitting..... SEE! Actual knitting progress! This is the Cascading Leaves Shawl by Vicki Mikulak. I am hoping to finish this up & give it to the Hubby's Grandma for Christmas. I am really enjoying the pattern. It's not a difficult lace pattern at all but you really have to pay attention to what you are doing.
And I've finally figured out a way to easily purl!! Woohoo! You just have NO idea! To make a long story short, I taught myself to knit, a challenge in itself. Unknowingly I taught myself to knit Continental, somewhat. I could do the knit stitches with no problem, zipped right along with knit, but I just couldn't figure out a comfortable way to hold the yarn to purl where it was quick. Purling has been very awkward the past couple of years. So recently I started experimenting with different ways to hold my yarn, & walla, it finally clicked & now I'm a purling fool! :)
In other news, here is a photo of the goodies that I got from Hariamrit in the Dish Rag Tag. A wonderful dishcloth, a dishcloth pattern book (that I did not have!), sticky notes, a Loopy Ewe heart tape measure, a little hat kit in a cute little clear bag that will be put to good use carrying my knitting gadgets, and a tiny little crochet hook for picking up stitches. My team, the Rag Olympians came in 8th! I know, that isn't the top 3, but we had a great time & such a good team. I'd like to thank all the girls on the team for being such great sports to compete with. If there is a 3rd Dish Rag Tag I'll be signing up again!
And for a perfect homecoming gift on a Monday.... Barbara & Oribel sent me & Jasmine this little care package! A catnip pillow toy for Jazzy, a pretty card & a delicious loaf of bread! I couldn't help myself, as soon as the photo was taken I unwrapped that bread & cut me a slice & ate it with some butter spread on it..... absolutely yummy!!! Jazzy & I thank you Barbara, what a wonderful surprise! And here I thought I was supposed to be sending you something! :) Hope everyone has a good week ahead!