My apologies for when this starts to get confusing...
I've started a prayer shawl for a close relative (not my daughter) who's recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She does not want to be identified here but I know that she and her illness will weigh heavily on my mind and will be a big part of my life for the next many months. I know I will talk about her and/or her illness here and since she doesn't wish to be identified, I'm going to call her Sue. I've racked my brain and don't think I know anyone named Sue so I don't feel like I'm jinxing anyone by using their name. If your name happens to be Sue, my apologies for that too. I wish you nothing but health and happiness.
Anyway, Sue is cold. Constantly freezing cold. And as chemo started yesterday, the feeling will only get worse. So, I'm knitting her a prayer shawl.
The shawl will be a generic half circle design that I'm knitting in garter stitch. I plan to add in a few lacy, *yo, K2tog* rows occasionally to fancy it up just a teeny tiny bit. The main goal is for the shawl to be warm and finished quickly.
While the shawl's design is rather generic, the yarn is not. I'm using Manos Del Uruguay Fino which is a merino/silk blend. It is Heaven to knit with. The yarn is incredibly soft and the Delft colorway is fluctuations of violet and periwinkle, occasionally fading to almost while. In other words, it's not boring to knit with at all. And I think (hope!) it's Sue's favorite color. At least she wears it frequently.
As for my reading these days.... Can I call it 'reading' if I'm only on page 5? This time around, I'm reading an actual book. A paper version! Not a virtual book on my Kindle! It's titled Something in the Water and written by Catherine Steadman. I may be only on page 5 but I was hooked by page 2. If the writing keeps up and the story is as chilling as I expect it to be, this book just may knock Jaws off my all time favorite summer/beach read list.