Is it too frilly?
I woke up on Friday morning with this awful feeling that MIL wasn't going to like the edging. Why? Because it might be too frilly for her taste. MIL is a bold, liberal, feminist artist. The edging is cute, delicate, and possibly even "girly". This is a woman who objected to icing on the red velvet cheesecake (c'mon, who doesn't like cream cheese frosting?). She's a no-nonsense kind of gal who doesn't like excess. So there I was, certain that I had just wasted 24+ hours on creating an edging that she was going to hate. Before I subjected myself to any more knitting on the shawl, I sent here these pics to see what she thought of it so far. (I'm almost done with side #1.)
Well, I didn't get a chance to talk with her but the message via hubby was "keep knitting." That's good, right? Just another 24 hours or so of knitting, some more time for washing and blocking, and then all done. Of course, there will be no time for that this week. Why? Because my mom is coming for a visit.
Now, no one in my family has ever come to see me for more than a weekend at a time since I left for college. In fact, when my mom helped me drive across country to move to Texas, she stayed for all of one whole day before hopping a plane back to NYC. When I lived in DC, a mere 5-hour drive, I had to practically beg my parents to come see me. (They came together all of one time in the five years I lived there and spent one night.) They often coaxed me into coming to see them because it was so much "less effort" for just me to travel vs. the two of them.
Well, after bugging my mom to come visit, she finally decided to take me up on it. Did I mention that she decided this last Monday? In fact, she originally wanted to fly out on Thurs. to spend the week. (Yes, she is staying a full week.) My mom will have to be entertained while she is here so there will be no time for knitting from charts. I'll probably be able to work on hubby's sweater and continue work on Jessica #2. Here's what I did while we watched Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
I'm more than a little stressed about how the trip will go. Mostly because there's lots she wants to do while she's here and because of the dog. My mom doesn't like dogs and my dog has serious anxiety with new people. Yeah, that will be fun. If you don't hear from me again by the end of next week, send chocolate/yarn/kleenex.