Moving onward in the finishing lineup to the Glitz shawl. This one has been on the needles for a very long time. I do not even remember where I bought the yarn or what I was originally thinking. I do like this one though. Has a medieval, chain mail aura about it; Mists of Avalon, Jane and the Dragon. Strong women in fabulous clothes. And I bet you didn't know that I do glitz.
Glitz is a simple bottom up triangle and being all garter stitch, is good one to take the "easy knitting" position of the Best Loved Shawl, which is now on it's bind off row and soon to be blocked. Using these two very twinkly yarns held together gives Glitz it's shine.
And look at all the color in the sequins! The reflection of light is a marvel.
For me this day is also a special day of grateful reflecting. Ten years ago today I was involved in a near fatal automobile accident, my pickup t-boned by a drunk driver behind the wheel of an even larger truck, running a red light at 50 miles an hour. I still remember nothing about the impact; didn't hear it or feel it. I remember there being lots of bright light, some soft voices, and "dreaming" that I asked these voices where all the colors were. When I woke up I was still in the truck, wearing my seat belt (wear them!) and they were taking the driver's-side door off with a machine. I hurt all over. The first thing I saw was the face of a very startled (it surprised the heck out of her when I opened my eyes), but smiling, paramedic.
I was lucky; I walked away from that wreck though things were pretty messy for a long while. And as many of you know, being that close to death changes your life.
Here's what I learned: Life is amazing and rich, grab it, savor and enjoy it, every moment. Find what you love to do and do it, keep doing it, no matter how you have to work it out, just do it. Find the people you love and who love you and hug them, hold them, tell them you love them. Let the all the other stuff go. All of it. There is only room for what you love. Look at that, keep it right in front of you. You will see other things that you don't like, let alone love. Let those things go. Find their opposite and love that. That's it. Pretty simple.
Today is like a birthday for me. Think I'll eat some cake and knit on something sparkling.