thanks for the comments on my handspun. i hope i get to cast-on for the shawl soon but it kind of depends on how quickly i can finish up some other projects.
it's hard to get decent photos of unblocked lace. right now it just looks like a jumbled mess. this is the tie-back shell from knit1 (rav. i got rid of the tie, didn't go down a needle size for the lace, and i'm working the bodice before the skirt so i can try it on as i go and make sure that i get the right length. i'm almost finished with the back. i don't really love elann lara so far but it isn't terrible. i'm starting to get the feeling that i'm not really a mercerized cotton fan.
the weather people keep promising that it's going to warm up soon but the assurances continue to get pushed back with every passing day. i have a new skirt to show off but it's way too cold right now to wear.