Over the past couple of weeks my time has felt fractured, with too many disparate things competing for attention. Somehow despite my best efforts at scheduling there has been no time for sustained work, or rest and it has taken its toll, and so I have granted myself a personal retreat, a time for respite, for allowing time for dreaming and deep breaths, a time for self-care and for deciding who and what will occupy my time.
Although there was a day where I pretty much lay about, sleeping, reading, watching, I did finish the prayer shawl pictured above. It is a simple pattern, done in a simple yarn. The colors caught my eye. The edges tended to roll, so I tried a technique I read about in a Rowan pattern, and I crocheted around all four sides of the shawl to finish it. I am slow at crochet. I can knit far faster, but it is a useful technique and it solved the problem. Then I added the fringe, then while catching up with a new television series, Bull, I cut the remaining yarn in segments and attached the fringe.
It is a lovely shawl, soft and snuggly, with a lovely drape. And I who used to hate knitting shawls and scarves, have found some peace and enjoyment in the process. I've therefore sorted through the remnant and odd ball stash and created a collection just to be used for a few future shawls. But first, I think the next project, as yet undetermined, will be something for myself.