Shawl We Rave for Fave Friday?

FFF fall leaves 2Well, I certainly am behind the eight-ball today.  Here it is after 3 p.m. and I’m just now getting around to writing up my fave five’s for Friday.  However, I may be late but I still have plenty of things to rave about.  I hope your week has been as enjoyable with the crisp fall temps and the leaves turning colors (if you happen to live in an area of the country that experiences the changing seasons).  At any rate, here is what has me jumping this week:

Gale Closeup1.  I have my Gale Shawl pinned out and blocking in the guest room. Oy, sometimes I think I’m getting too old to be crawling around on the floor pinning shawls but still, the end result is always worth it.  This shawl, if you’ll remember me mentioning it in an earlier post, tends to skew somewhat because of the way the thing is knitted so the designer suggests that you block it vigorously.  Well, believe you me, I inserted wires and pinned it vigorously and I think I have it pretty much in a rectangular shape.  We’ll see how it ends up looking once I unpin it.  I promise to post pictures of the final product once it’s dry.

Traveling Woman2.  I finished my Traveling Woman Shawl and have that blocking as well. This is a red-letter week when I have TWO shawls blocking at once.  The Traveling Woman Shawl was a lot of fun to knit.  I’ll be posting more about it in the coming week but just to whet your appetite, here is a wee pic of the shawl pinned out on my new blocking board.

Miniature Sweater3.  I finished one miniature sweater for the nephews’ gift cards. One down, one to go…..maybe more, if I get ambitious.  I put a Sharpie pen next to it to show you the scale.  This was really a lot of fun to knit up.  Since I used the Magic Loop method of knitting it, I didn’t have to fiddle with DPNs and that made it even easier.  The plan is to use these little sweaters to slip gift cards into for Christmas presents.  Then the recipients can reuse the sweaters for Christmas tree ornaments next year.

IMG_46644.  Fresca the Wonder Dog is feeling much better. Fresca had some strange crusty blisters on both eye rims AND she was doing a deep hacking cough on occasion.  I knew she didn’t have kennel cough because we’ve religiously kept her vaccine for that up-to-date.  To me it sounded like bronchitis.  As for the eyes, I couldn’t figure out what in the world it was.  So I took her to the vet and he diagnosed it as hmmm, well, irritated eyes probably due to some allergy.  The cough was a canine version of allergic bronchitis.  So now she is on an antibiotic and on some steroids and the eyes have completely cleared up and I haven’t heard that cough in days.  She’s hungry as the dickens, though, probably because of the steroids.  I’ll be glad when those pills are finished.

Victoria5.  Last, but not least, I just ordered my second spinning wheel…..a Louet Victoria. This little beauty weighs only 6 pounds and folds up and packs into a bag the size of a large backpack, small enough to go into the overhead bins in an airplane.  I can hardly wait to give her a spin when she arrives, which shouldn’t be too long a wait since I just got the tracking information from the Loopy Ewe, indicating that it has been mailed off to me.

If you’d like to write about your own Friday Fave Fives or read about what others are writing about, visit Susanne’s blog at Living to Tell the Story.

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