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The Shetland Lace Shawl swatch continues to grow. It’s at 61 rows now, with 20 more to go. Reading the chart seems less daunting than when I started. The patterns make more sense to me. The knitting itself more rhythmic. I am no longer taking in a breath at the beginning of the row, holding it, and finally letting it go at the end of the row. Breathing normally while knitting makes for a better experience.

One would think that something made from so fine a yarn and full of lace holes would be long on good looks but not warmth. Not true. The amount of warmth this piece provides is well beyond what I thought. Any item made from this yarn will provide toasty warmth. No wonder the Shetlanders used this fine wool for socks, undergarments, shawls and the like.

I am hunting down 2 more Shetland Lace books. One is out of print, but I bet I can find it on Amazon anyway. The books will have to be acquired through the mail, which means I can’t just slip them quietly into the bookshelf and not have The Skipper notice them. I can sense that one way ticket coming.

I keep nudging him towards his woodworking downstairs and in the garage areas so he is out of my hair. That’s where he needs to be, wrapped up in a project, for me to ease the books into their rightful place, which is my eager hands.

The next blow for The Skipper will come when I rip out a good part of what I am now knitting to figure out yardage. Whenever I rip back some or all of what I have knitted, it is like nails on a chalk board for him. Though I explain it is a natural part of knitting it still annoys him.

I am hoping for a quiet weekend. A weekend of rest. I haven’t had one of those in a long time.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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