Life has been very hectic lately. It's our usual busy season at work, and there have been some changes around the office that have added to the stress, so I frequently get home from work feeling completely burnt out. It's times like these that I'm very glad I have my knitting to help me find my center again. Even when I can only squeeze in a bit of time in the evening, the repetitive motions of knitting are so calming.
My knitting time has not been as plentiful as I'd like (a certain someone likes me to sit with her until she falls asleep, and the past couple of nights that's been on the later side), but I'm still making very good progress on my Water Music. Last night I had the happy occasion of a bonus knit night for the month (we usually meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month, but if there's a fifth Wednesday in any given month, we'll sometimes meet up if enough people are free). For a change, the Mister was actually around and able to kid wrangle for the night so I could have a little bit of time for myself, so the shawl went with me. By the end of the evening, I'd finished the first chart of the lace.
I may have enough stitches at this point to use the needle as a regular circular instead of magic looping, though I may do a few more increase rounds before I try it out just to be safe. So far, the yarn supply is holding up quite well, though there's still quite a bit to go (after the next chart, there's some garter stitch, a third lace chart, some more garter, and then a stretchy bind off). Still, it's delightful as always to knit with my own handspun. It's been a really long time since I spun a fingering-weight yarn that wasn't a three ply, and I'm really enjoying the bounciness of the two ply. I'm thinking that I might spin up some of the finer wools in my stash as a two ply to be used for lace; I have a really gorgeous bit of Crown Mountain Farms Targhee that would not stand up to being socks but would be lovely as a shawl or cowl.
When I start to get a little tired of the shawl and need a change, I have my yarn, pattern, and needles all ready for Maile. I imagine that it won't take me more than a week or two to get it knit. I might even cast on next Saturday, when we're taking a day trip to visit some of the Mister's relatives and I'll have about five hours of car knitting time.