Between job interviews and baby J, I haven't had much time to knit -- let alone blog -- these days. I'm happy to report that I've made progress on the first of these problems, though:
J is happy to nap all day -- as long as someone is holding her. I discovered that, at least on my parents' couch, there's a sweet spot: a way to sit so that friction keeps her in place on my chest, and my head is sufficiently elevated that I can knit comfortably. Cuddling my baby and knitting at the same time: is there a better way to spend a winter morning? Oh, and I also got to watch my parents' nutso cat chase his own tail.
What's that? You want some AKC along with cute baby pictures? That's fair, I guess. On the needles above, I've got the beginnings of a daybreak shawl.
I've never made a Stephen West pattern before, and I'm excited about this one. I love knitting shawls even though I never seem to wear them. Recently I decided that part of the reason for this is that most of the shawls I've made are just too lacy for me. So I hope that the awesome colorfulness of this one means I'll actually wear it. (My contrast color -- which I get to start in only twelve more rows! -- is a fabulous deep blue-green that perfectly matches the blue-green bits in the first color).