And so, in honor of our birds, my January shawl is going to be Near Solstice, designed by Bridget Rorem. It will be a departure for me...a much more modern type of lace with considerably less structure as it relies purely on artistry. I think it will be a good thing.
I cast on in the wee hours of New Years Day....long before anyone else was up. I almost immediately discovered a type of meditation in the miles and miles of white garter stitch on tiny needles. Far from being tedious, it's soothing...quiet...hopeful. In fact, it's perfect for this season, when so many of us turn to contemplation.
Of course, it's not all fun and games. I did discover a pretty hefty typo when browsing other Near Solstices on Ravelry. There was also some confusion in the directions for the haiku. I contacted the designer last night, who very graciously wrote me back this afternoon and set me straight. Turns out I'm going to have to start over with a 2.0mm needle instead of the size 2 I was using. Ah well...I'll start over this evening, just as soon as I finish up another project.
Then....well then I can focus on the quiet beauty of the winter and my sweet little visitors.