Last week I finally started my Flower Market Shawl-I'd had the pattern in my queue for ages, and I had yarn picked out and bough before Christmas. Then Andi gifted me the pattern a while back, and I've been itching to cast on ever since.
This is a joy to knit so far. I absolutely love this yarn-it's The Fibre Company Road to China Light again, in the Agate colorway. It's like knitting with fuzzy butter. It's a heavier yarn than the pattern calls for, so this is going to be a thicker lace. It's looking very textured and gorgeous right now, and it's going to bloom beautifully once I block it.
I'm on the fifth of eight body lace repeats, and just getting to the point where each row is starting to feel a bit long. The pattern rows flow so well, too. I've been on a crazy shawl kick lately (although, when am I ever not on a crazy shawl kick?) and it feels great to see something so beautiful appear on my needles almost effortlessly.
While this is working pretty well for tv knitting, it requires just enough attention that I can't read while working on it. That's especially rough right now, because I'm so close to the end of In the Woods that I just can't bear it (in fact, I may be done by the time you read this). I have some short story collections lined up next, plus the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire, so there's plenty of good stuff coming my way. (Also, I maybe decided that two 1000+ page books in the queue weren't enough, because a copy of Outlander finally made it home with me from the store. Whoops.)