I was going through my blog roll yesterday when I came across a post from Sachiko about a friend of a friend of hers who currently lives on the coast of Japan. Here... take a look.
It's the personal stories coming out of that region that really get to me. For some reason when I hear about a huge tragedy like the tsunami's, earth quakes, and nuclear fallout that are continuing to impact tens of thousands of people, I just can't get my head around it. But when I hear about one person's personal struggle to help I get super teary. I'll be sending a box over to the Monk in the link and if anyone else would like to contribute, either some items that you have around your house or would just like to help by chipping in a few dollars to help with shipping that would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to get that box out in the next week or two.
Okay... Maybe some knitting now? I'm really excited about my current work in progress, a shawl called Fiori Di Sole by Rosemary Hill.
Having completed the first 4 charts, I'm now beginning the big repeating chart that will make up the majority of the body. The charts aren't hard to read, there's just a lot of them (10!) but it's such a pretty shawl. I can't wait! I'm hoping mine is going to work out to be as big as the one in the Rav picture!
I'm knitting it in Malabrigo Lace that's been in my stash forever from when Hope gifted me with a TON of yarn. It's HEAVEN to knit with, but I wasn't very happy when I found 4 breaks in the skein as I was caking it. Oh... and the tangling? Is that seriously a problem with EVERY malabrigo skein? Has everyone else had a horrible time with tangling in their Mal yarns? It feels so good and the colours are so so pretty but dang. It's almost not worth it for the amount of cursing that comes out of my mouth as I have to take the yarn OFF the ball winder and feed it through the tangles on my yarn umbrella thingy. grr.