So I take a hiatus and when I return, I find that blogger has completely changed their format. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I don't like change. I like things to remain old and comfortable. It's possible that the new posting format (which is only behind the scenes, so you readers can't see it) will eventually grow on me. In order for it to do that, I will have to post more often. In order to post more often, I will have to find more time. In order to find more time.... I think, quite possibly, my baby will have to start kindergarten. Or at least learn how to go to bed and take a nap.
On the subject of knitting. Yes, I have been. In fact, now that Lil Bit is all mobile and stuff, I tend to sit on the ground and knit beside her while she plays. I could sit on the couch, but it's too far away if she starts crawling off her (recently extended) playmat. I have several projects on the go. I have plans to finish my mother's sweater (I know, I know, it's still not done) during the Ravelympics (also occasionally referred to as the "Knitting Olympics") this summer. I've been working on a number of other projects, too. Unfortunately, those are super secret projects that I cannot post about until I know whether some of them are going to be published and until others that have been accepted for publication have actually come out.
I will say this: I designed my first ever shawl a few weeks ago. I did it using charts. I've never charted lacework before (actually, I've never done much with lacework at all). In fact, I've never done much with charts until now. I submitted it for publication, but I don't want to say where or with whom. I can't even show a picture of the shawl until I know if it's accepted or not. But it is beautiful. I couldn't believe how really beautiful it turned out. I was (and still am) very happy with it. My fingers and toes are crossed.
My post is done now. It took me 15 minutes to write. My daughter is still not sleeping. I can still hear her playing through the monitor. It's taking all my willpower not to go in there. I know she'll fall asleep eventually. And hey... at least she's not screaming. ;)