I have two big projects to talk about. The first, and smallest, is the Candle Flame Shawl:
Pattern - Candle Flame Shawl, free from Knitpicks
Yarn - Cherry Tree Hill Fingering Silk, two hanks (666 yards each)
Needles - Size 4
Notes: I really enjoyed this pattern. It's a 36-row repeat, interesting enough to keep knitting on, and repetitive enough so I didn't do any tinking. I love the yarn. It's so soft, strong, and has rich colors. But it's natural tendency is to tangle. Winding it was a major pain, and pulling from the center, I ended up with a few major entanglements. I think I prefer wider rectangular shawls. If I had been paying attention and noticed the 16" finished width, I probably would have added in another pattern repeat. The finished project is soft with a very nice drape.
The other project is my husband's Ph.D! He defended his dissertation yesterday, and he's all done! Wow! He studies animal behavior, specifically monkeys, so I made these shortbread cookies to celebrate:
Writing: I have some Chapter 1-6 changes to make.
Reading: Persuasion. I'm also listening to Sour Puss on audiobook. It's one of Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries, which are generally pretty cute.