Happy-Go-Lacy shawl WIP

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The first two days of working on this shawl I only achieved 11 rows. Tonight I picked it up (late, as I worked until 6 then had to make dinner and clean up) and crocheted up a storm while watching Crafternoon Treats’ podcast. (That link should take you to episode 1 of her podcast on You Tube.) I have to admit, I am really nitpicky about podcasts. Lots of things can put me off and make me hit Stop, from verbal tics to bad lighting to lack of interest in the content. However Kathy has drawn me in with lovely crocheted bags, blankets and shawls, and in her latest episode she talks about her Tunisian crochet workshop, her Road Trip scarf and her crocheted socks using Heart and Sole. Good grief, I thought, we are totally on the same page!

Anyway, back to the shawl. I used up the first ball of Heart and Sole and stuck a stitch marker in, then as per the pattern I returned to the foundation chain and started working in the other direction with ball #2.

If you look carefully at the photo (sorry, I know it’s another late night shot with my iPad on the living room floor!!!) you’ll see that I have completed three rows on the second half of the shawl (near the top of the work).  My plan is to use up the second ball and then split ball #3 between the two ends. When it’s gone, I’m done.

I don’t know why, but for two days now I’ve had a really stiff neck. Woke up with it yesterday morning and thought it’d be gone by nightfall, but no, it gave me pain on the right side during the night if if moved around and I have limited movement to the right. If it persists,  I’ll have to give the chiro a call.

It’s my sister’s birthday today, and rather than spending it at home she is currently in Kathmandu with her family on holiday. They were in Delhi for a bit, 40°C every day, and I don’t envy them that!

I may not be somewhere exotic but I’m very happy being where I am. I hope you are too. Happy crafting.

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