Today has been interesting. It started off waking up at around 3AM to sounds of a cat puking. Now, normally I would ignore this and go back to bed, BUT our cat has decided lately that his FAVORITE place to hack up hairballs is in our guest bedroom that has brand new carpet. Ugh. I immediately spring out of bed and rush to the guest bedroom to see what awaits me. Once at the bedroom I discover....nothing! Ha! Turns out I sprung into action for no reason. But now I'm awake and must find the barf and clean it up. Yeah, that is how my day started (it was on the stairs by the way, which I probably would have stepped in because I never pay attention to where I am walking when I first wake up). I swear, this cat has it in for me - his whole goal in life is to prevent me from sleeping peacefully. These are the things that I have to remind myself of when I see cute kittens and want to adopt them.
I guess you could say that the rest of my day has been uneventful except that I got inspired for not only one but TWO different shawl designs. Yeah, I'm pretty excited about that. I'm already swatching one of them. You see, I've been in a shawl funk lately. I wasn't sure why I was feeling this way until it dawned me that I haven't knit a lace weight shawl in awhile now and I missed it! Well, the only cure for that is to cast-on a lace weight shawl. What shawl am I knitting? En Fuego Shawl. Yes, I'm knitting another En Fuego Shawl. But let me explain! Next month my knitting guild is starting a shawl KAL and the pattern is En Fuego Shawl presented by yours truly. I was going to wait until the meeting to cast-on, but then I realized that I was going to be busy at the meeting talking & helping other people cast-on, so I might as well cast-on for mine today. I could feel my shawl funk lifting as I cast-on and boy did that feel good. I think that is also what inspired me to look through my stitch books again to see if anything jumped out at me.
What else do I have going on knit/design wise? Well, I just finished the second prototype for the hat that I designed. Now, I might be slightly biased, but this hat is pretty cool. The first version was a solid color and the second was two colors. So, now I know two things: 1. the hat looks good with solid color and 2. the hat looks good and works up well using two colors. I still have some kinks to work out with the decreases, so I'm hoping that my third prototype solves those issues and then the hat will be pretty much set. I didn't realize when I started designing this hat that it was going to be this involved, but I love the end result too much to give up on it now. I wish I could share pictures of it, but I'm keeping it a secret for now since I think this hat would make a good fit for a magazine publication.