During my MIL's stay here, the weather had really been lousy for some time. Luckily, we got to see some sunshine towards the end. I am also happy to report that she loves Kiri. After I posted on the shawl, I put it inside a large Ziplock bag (a really really large one) and set it aside. So, I haven't seen the shawl in person for quite some time. When I took it out for my MIL, I was also stunned to find how beautiful it is! I am thinking maybe I can make myself a Birch ...
Other happy knitting news! During the past week, thanks to the rain, I was able to have some pockets of time to knit. I re-started the first square in the Great American Aran Afghan:
This is the Meredith K. Morioka Square. The pattern calls for a 5 repeats of the center lattice pattern; but I found that I could get 12" with 4 repeats (plus the help of blocking). This is the 3rd attempt when I was finally able to get the gauge. I can envision a lot of ripping in the course of this project.
Today is already the 6th day of December. If I want to send the Christmas presents to my brother on time, I think I need to push myself a little more on Broad Street Mittens:
The first glove without the covering flap is done. I plan to finish both gloves before attempting to work on the flaps.
Last but not least (I love this phrase!), Bomber:
The shrinking of the yarn was not as much as the pattern calls for, but that worked to my advantage as I'd love the jacket to be a bit longer than that in the pattern. However, the sad news is that it may be a bit too tight for me widthwise. This has been bothering me while knitting. I can still fit into the jacket, which is without a zipper now (on its way home from Zipperstop), so it's hard to tell what it would look like when completely finished. But the truth is ... I love this jacket. So, maybe I just need to sweat more and shed some fat to wear it. :P