I’m a day late for this week’s check-in but whew! It’s been a week! Happy to say that I finally have landed with a new job that should start mid-May. I’m working for the same company but no longer as an independent contractor which will make taxes SO much easier. Friday into Saturday was wild here with a major wind/dust storm and then a wildfire kicked up about 10 miles from us and was in the exact same trajectory as the massive Cerro Grande fire in 2010. We were happy we did not have 4 horses to try to evacuate on short notice this time around, but we did pack all the essentials for us and the dog and cat and stashed everything by the back door and nervously watched the fire updates. We were really fortunate – the wind turned a bit and the temperature dropped (we had freeze warnings overnight on Saturday) – and by Sunday, the winds were calm enough that they could get the planes/helicopters up to drop retardant on it. I’m ready for a calmer week at this end.
On to projects! You may have seen I finished up the Beanstalk Cowl test knit in my FO Friday post. Really pleased with how that came out, and it was a great match for a single skein of handdyed merino/silk that had been in stash for eons.
A bit more progress on my Misurina Tee. I’m just working my way around and around the body right now. I’d love to have that finished up by the end of the month, so I’ll focus on that one next. It’s an easy knit at this point….just slow with fingering-weight yarn and small needles.
I also finished up all the granny squares for the Beach Walk Blanket center section and joined everything together. Next up will be the mini granny squares round, but I’ll save those to work on in May on a short weekend trip we’ve planned.
No progress on any other crochet or knit projects this week, and no progress on my spinning projects. I did finally manage to get the center medallion border on my Desert Mandala cross-stitch project done, however!
And while it was unrolled and I was moving the scroll rods, I thought I’d grab a picture of the entire thing for you.
The entire upper third is done and I’ve finished the left side down to the midpoint. Next up, I’ll bring the outermost borders down to the midpoint, and work the landscape vignette, and the motif that’s in the right side triangle. While the level of detail in all of these sections is what makes this beautiful (IMHO), it also means they all take quite a while to work through. Lots of thread color switches and beading. That little butterfly under the jackrabbit in the upper right corner is my favorite – it’s done all in beads and metallic threads!
That’s it for me this week, YOP’ers. Have a great one!