It's not my birthday or Hanukkah or Christmas, but I got the best present in the mail this week:
Yes, 6 skeins of incredibly luscious Koigu sock yarn. And they came with a beautiful and easy shawl pattern: Annalise Wrap.
I have to thank Bridget. I am the beneficiary of one of her Christmas in July give-aways, and I could not imagine a more fabulous package!
Even though I'm supposed to be knitting monogamously on a poncho, I couldn't resist getting started on my Annalise:
The timing could not have been better. I'm working half-time at this point, and I'm sad to miss so much summer. When we had full union rights, we didn't work until the contract year began. But those are bygone days now in Wisconsin. I am enjoying seeing and talking to my colleagues. I've been doing a lot of meetings with my special ed team and the freshman biology team -- and I enjoy those. But mostly we have a lot of paperwork, and that isn't as much fun.
Still, I've been working for 40 years now, and I really love knitting and embroidering and drawing. I will be very happy when those things are my "work"!