Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Well, it's done.

I finished my Forest Canopy Shawl last night and it's blocking on my futon right now. Hurray!

It's smaller than I thought it would be and I had a little trouble with the bind-off, but other than that things went smoothly. I figured it would take me at least two or three months to complete this project, so it was exciting to finish it in four weeks. A big thank you to Kate at Lazy Kate Creates for initiating the Adventures in Lace knit-along. It motivated me to learn to knit lace and I'm completely smitten.

I feel like my blog has been pretty low energy lately and I know I haven't been posting as much as I used to. I've been debating whether to talk about why that is and decided to just be honest about it. It's tempting to only write about happy sunshiney things, but doesn't feel very real. Since mid-January I've been consumed with problems with a disruptive neighbor and it's been hellish. Things came to a head last weekend when the police got involved, and the problem neighbor will be moving out next week. I'm looking forward to getting my life back and feeling happy again instead of beaten and broken down. The stress of the situation had begun to permeate every area of my life. I learned some painful lessons, especially about not allowing myself to be bullied.

On that cheerful note, I'm going to turn off the computer and turn my attention to American Idol. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter my giveaway-- I'll pick a winner Thursday morning.


Dogwood said...

I am also watching American Idol. Those guys need to really improve. Only a few good ones so far. Two hours is a long time!

Shawl is beautiful. You did a great job. I love the yarn and pattern. Have fun wearing it.

So proud of you to share your apartment issue with your very unpleasant neighbor. I do know how hard these past months have been for you. Good for you to share with your blog friends. Good for you for setting limits and standing up for yourself.

Hugs to you my dear friend...Dogwood

Linda said...

Oh Stacy, I am so sorry about this experience with your neighbour, hugs to you:) Your shawl is amazing and so very beautiful:)
Have a great week,

Jenny said...

The shawl looks so good! I'm so jealous of all the people who have allready finished their lace projects! I accidentally broke my circular needle this weekend, so now I can't continue until the new one arrives in the mail... But at least I can knit on other things in the meantime :)

I'm so sorry to hear that you've had neighbour problems, that's never any fun. But glad to hear that it's ending, and here's to hoping you get really good, friendly new neighbours!

/ Jenny

Theresa said...

Oh what a beautiful shawl! I can't imagine making something that takes so long and turns out so very pretty! Lace, who knew:) You are one talented lady.

NOW, Ms. Priss... the way I feel about this blog thing. We are all friends, life isn't always sunshine and roses. The day is what it is and I like to keep it real. There are lots of prayerful bloggers and I believe in the power of prayer. Don't keep things from me:) and I won't keep things from you! Love to you and I am proud of you for standing up for yourself. If you need me to come out there... just yell:)

Hugs from Ganky!

Maiden Jane said...

Stacy, the shawl is gorgeous! I'm envious of you being done and I just love the colors. I hope that knitting the shawl offered a bit of stress relief for you. I know the pain that a confrontation can bring. Thankfully, the problem is going to be resolved. But I'm sure it was constantly weighing on your mind.

Suz said...

I LOVE that shawl
to it looks like the sea
Yes, don't hold back
Very happy you settled this matter
now you can get on with living again in hapiness
Love those colors!

Kate said...

Beautiful shawl! Congrats on finishing! I'm sorry to hear about your awful neighbor :( At least it's clearing up soon.

Erin Wallace said...

Wow, your shawl is amazing! You are a superstar!


Hi Stacy,
The shawl is very pretty!!! See how good you are.
It's good that you spoke up for yourself and that the bad neighbor will be gone!
I haven't started my ATC yet..have you?
Take care!
Deb :)

Kitty said...

You must be so proud- and with good reason! That is just beautiful! I'm glad you tried lace, and so so happy that you loved it! Hurray!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Your shawl is Beautiful! Sorry about your neighbor problems - I hope they'll all be solved now!

Woollywotnots said...

Stacy, your lacework is absolutely gorgeous. Wow it looks like it is worth an absolute fortune in workmanship and beauty.
I'm so glad that your living environment can now improve. Take care and keep your chin up.

Rachel said...

Oh the shawl gorgeous! Just beautiful!

Is that the same idiot neighbour you told me about before - with the loud music, etc.? Sorry to hear it disrupted your life so much; but I'm also glad that you'll soon be rid of him.

Take care!

M.E. Greene said...

I think that's the same shawl that I knit last year... I'm trying to remember. It looks like the same one, and I do remember that the finished shawl was smaller than I was expecting. Yours is lovely! I finally came to the conclusion that small shawls make wonderful scarves when the weather is really terrible. The triangular "tail" fits nicely inside my coat and keeps away the draft.

Cloudberry said...

Your shawl is beautiful!! Love the colours.
So happy to hear that your problems with your neighbor is solved.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Pretty pretty! I missed a bunch of posts. I need to go back and start reading. I hate when work gets in my way!

Anonymous said...

it's beautiful! a mermaid shawl :o)
the colours and pattern are lovely.