If you asked me, I wouldn't recommend lace knitting in the face of grief or distraction, but this time, it worked for me. The last few weeks I found I couldn't write or concentrate, so I spent a lot of time in front of the tv (watching Star Trek TNG, geek that I am) working on my diamond fantasy shawl.
I planned on making the scarf size, using one ball of Seasilk. When I was done the required repeats, I had enough left over, so I strung a life line and kept going. After half a repeat (which is another diamond) I decided to bind off. The bindoff (which is lovely) takes up a lot of yarn, but in the end, I had enough to do the whole repeat. I wasn't in the mood to rip back, so I have a little ball of seasilk left--that's how it goes.
The shawl is beautiful. But is shy around the camera. The oranges and greens shine and the beads are subtle but add a little extra something. My boss (who knits) noticed them right away.
Here's a shot of it on the bed--my attempt to show off the lace:
A close up:
Now for the glamour shots--Emma wants a shawl big time, but she isn't getting this one.