So, the Basketcase shawl is going fairly well, about a repeat an evening, with 4 or 5 (probably 5) to go until I begin the edging. I have learned to find and correct a number of lace mistakes (it's the making sure that I am a stitch off at the end of the row that's the trick). Ummm, it still kind of looks like a beard cozy, or just a big old brown blob. See?
But I am totally digging the single knit stitch spine, it just gives me gleeful little chills whenever I look at it. I don't know why, or if this makes me really strange (even for knitters), but I do know that it helps me keep happy with this project (which isn't hard, I have very little trouble sitting down and working on it, except for the knowledge that every row takes me a bit longer...) I am a few repeats behind my ideal schedule, what with actually leaving my home and socialising lately taking up some of my time, but I plan to remedy the horrid experience of being outgoing and hole up until it's done. And then I am going to knit a bear hat for a friend who is destined for a school far away next year (any patterns/suggestions are, as always appreciated). But I'm tired and a bit choked tonight, so have a look at that spine. Even a fuzzy, funnily lit photo makes me wiggle a little bit.