I decided I needed to get my knitting mojo back as it has been sadly missing for a long time. I had previously thought that I needed to work on "mindless" projects that didn't need much concentration, wrongly thinking that this was all I could handle. This didn't work very well because I didn't get the benefit of "unwinding" and focusing on nothing else for awhile but the project at hand. Also I've been making (starting) a lot of things with cotton yarns and they're just not that inspiring.
So I decided to depart from my usual MO in a number of ways. First, I decided to give myself permission to go shop in my yarn closet and find something that really inspired me. For me it was my Tess Cultivated Silk & Wool in a beautiful Caribbean-sea turquoise. Next, I decided to make something that didn't need to be monitored constantly for fit, and was just "pretty" for its own sake. I decided on the Frost Diamonds Shawl by one of my favorite designers, Stefanie Japel.
Here it is, in process! I've had a lot of fun working on this for the past few days. I started it last Saturday and worked on it by the pool over the long holiday weekend, as we had great weather.