Today I'm home sick from work with my second cold of the season (boo), but in between Theraflu-induced naps and chapters of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, I've been able to get a little knitting time in.
My Little Bird in the Briar is newly cast off and waiting for a bath - my ingenious plan worked, by the way! - so I chose a new two-color shawlette: Suki from The Sock Report, Vol. 1. Yarn Harlot made a beautiful version of Suki a few years back, and I fell in love with the idea of using a soft, melty yarn to make my own. In one of my few yarn excursions while I worked on my collection in 2013, I got some burgundy and grey Lotus Mimi for my devious shawley purposes, and it's burned a hole in my stash ever since.
So far, I'm thoroughly enjoying myself. The yarn is 100% mink, and touted as being cruelty-free. The burgundy colorway is deeply shaded - a glaze of ruby over black - and even without blocking has created a light, cohesive fabric with a dark halo.
And since my head feels like it's stuffed with small, furry animals, what better way to enhance the whole experience than with yarn that feels like cuddling a friendly mink?