I finished the knitting on my Cabled Pocket Shawl last night:
The finished pieces:
Closeup of the three-needle bind-off:
The finished collar:
I still need to sew the pockets down, block it and weave in the ends in order to be finished. I could, technically, get away without blocking this piece, but I really do think it would look much better if I did. So, it's off the needles and into the UFO pile along with the Portland Pullover. I'm hoping that I will be able to tackle finishing both this weekend. We'll see how I feel -- I've been really low on energy lately.
Two teeny gripes about this project:
- While this was a really simple pattern, portions of the instructions could have been better written (e.g. joining the pockets). I felt that they were a little convoluted and should have been rephrased -- but maybe I was just being ultra-dense that week.
- The project took exactly five of the seven balls of yarn called for. I have no real desire to make the matching headband so I don't really have a use for the leftover two balls right now. I don't mind being one ball over, but two? It's not really that big of a deal though...
Otherwise, easy peasy. It made for perfect subway knitting.
Which brings me to what's next... I've reorganized some of the projects in my sidebar. Basically I've put the larger projects on hold until the holidays. I'm taking a week off work at both Thanksgiving and Christmas and I plan to work on those then. In the meantime, I've made the Candle Flame Shawl and One Skein Wonder #1 my commuting projects. (Oh, and I've ordered yarn to make this and a Namaste executive knitting bag as treats but more on those later...)
As for the second half of this post title... I went in for my hCG bloodwork monitoring this morning. According to what I've read, they're looking for the levels to double every 48 - 72 hours. Two days later my level has hit over 230. (I can't remember the exact number since my office was noisy while I was taking the call.)
The nurse told me that I'm progressing pretty well and that I don't have to come back for bloodwork until Monday. Hurrah! A reprieve from getting up early this weekend. I can truly enjoy my anniversary in bed now...
Incidentally, Mark has begun his multiples speculation, but I told him it's too early to tell. Again, anything might happen. I'm just focusing on staying positive, eating as healthfully as I can and getting enough rest.
Go, sea monkeys, go!