I learned a few things this past week:

- I get sick of chicken soup really quickly, no matter how good it is. However, the local deli (source of the good soup) also makes a completely rockin’ lasagne (mmmm…) which actually requires less effort to heat up and clean up after than the soup.
- It is far less boring to sleep 20 hours per day than to be wide awake but feeble.
- If you work for yourself, compared to teaching in a school, when you are sick no-one does your work for you while you’re away.
- Dishes and laundry don’t do themselves either :-(

Ok, maybe some of these I could have figured out anyway with a little common-sense. But small things seem big when you’re ill ya know.

On the upside, the feeble-o-metre dropped low enough yesterday to allow me to finish the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf which I cast on on Christmas Eve. The gorgeous handspun yarn was my Christmas gift from Kai, and it was a sheer delight to knit, not just in itself but also due to the love and care that went into it. Thank you so much sweetie!

and if you needed further proof of the glory and magic of blocking:





I left off the edging at each end, I like it, but I wanted to squeeze all the scarf I could out of this yarn and it was easier to just have a garter edge and knit till I ran out (I had 14 inches of yarn left - ugh!)


This is a great project, by one of my favourite designers. It was interesting enough that it never once felt repetative, simple enough to knit while semi-conscious and looks stunning.


And it’s all for me! The shawl pin, btw, was also a gift from Kai. It goes well, n’est-ce pas?

12 Responses to “First FO of the New Year”
  1. Aknita says:

    Iive just been admiring this on Ravelry. It’s beautiful.

  2. Jewel says:

    I love your scarf and the pin is lovely.

  3. Anna says:

    It’s such a great colour and it looks amazing. I bet you’re very pleased with it.

  4. susetheslowknitta says:

    It looks beautiful, what a wonderful present from Kai.
    Glad you’re starting to feel better

  5. elizabeth says:

    14 inches left?!?! I’d say you used it all up! Excellent!

  6. Brigid says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. The scarf is lovely. I’ve got some malabrigo sock yarn to make into a lacy scarf and perhpas this pattern would be the one to go for. I like the sound of simple but interesting!

  7. Kai says:

    It’s stunning! I’m glad you like the handspun and the pin too. :) You’re very welcome on both counts.

  8. Jeanne says:

    That is gorgeous! Love the color, and the shawl pin is beautiful too…

  9. Azzy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m certain I saw said scarf on your coffee table today. Beautiful colour.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Wow! That’s so beautiful. And you’ve convinced me about the blocking thing.

  11. Marianne says:

    Grogeous! Will have to add this pattern to my queue

  12. Felicia from sweetgeorgia says:

    This is so lovely! Handspun, no less. Congratulations on your first FO of the year!! Beautiful.

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