First, thank you for the lovely comments on the shawl. It definitely kicked my knitting arse but in the end, I totally want to do another lace project. I have some leftover yarn from the shawl (maybe enough to do a scarf) and another skein of the Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in Gold Hill that is destined to be a lace something for me. Something else I learned from this, I think I like the rectangular stole shape better than the traditional triangle-shaped shawl. I may try to adapt the pattern from one of the beautiful shawls in Folk Shawls book I have.
After coming off the high from finishing the shawl, I haven't really felt like working on any of my current projects. I have reached the point in the Leo sweater where I have to start the armhole shaping so it has moved past its trance-like simple ribbing. I started a poncho for my niece but don't have the focus to follow the pattern (text only, no chart)--it has some cables and bobbles that I'll include in the next post.
Also, I never would have thought this, but working at the doggie daycare is exhausting. I haven't worked in a place where you barely have a chance to sit since my restaurant hostess days in college. The dogs are great but there is always so much to do to keep up with cleaning and keeping them from getting overly excited. However, this means that I will get to splurge on some really nice yarn in the near future. I'm thinking maybe some cashmere from ColourMart.