Dear Readers,

Let us welcome spring! I am loving the extra daylight in the evening. It makes me feel like summer (and the inevitable break from school that comes with it) are closer around the corner. I am in sore need of some time off after this semester. Thus far, it has been the most challenging time-wise during my PhD program, and the pregnancy was wearing me out during the first trimester. Now I’m at 16 weeks, and some of the enormous fatigue is fading. Knitting never goes away of course. It only becomes more like therapy when I’m stressed. Let me show you some of my recent therapeutic progress:

This is a little shawlette I whipped up out of a full and partial skein of Alpaca Sox. The main color is Aqua Sunshine and the contrast at the top is Cornsilk. Those color names seem to promise warm days to come. I should be posting about my Stripe Study Shawl, but I wasn’t totally satisfied with those pictures, so that one will have to wait.

This little shawlette came on the heels of the Stripe Study after I couldn’t get enough of the soothing, nearly mindless garter stitches. The pattern is my own, but so ridiculously easy. I basically just did increases on every other row until it was large enough for my liking.

I had coveted the Aqua Sunshine color in my LYS for awhile. I have decided that particular shade of aqua must be my favorite color, because I seem drawn to it over and over with yarn purchases, clothing, etc.

Spring break is next week! I am thrilled because the fella and I will head to St. Louis for some much needed chill time. I love many things about that town. The Forest Park area has several lovely and free attractions like the zoo, art museum, and science center. Cheap thrills, people. That’s where it’s at for a couple of students. Happy spring!

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