Thank you to everyone for the kind words aobut our dearly departed Mopar. Its hard, but he had a fantastic long life, and brought us nothing but joy (and a few hairballs). I really appreciate your thoughts.
And when life's got you down... what do you have to do? Just keep knitting, just keep knitting, just keep knitting.... (I've watched Finding Nemo far too many times...)
Which is exactly what I did - and I finished my Lafitte shawl! And today, I convinced Mom that the beach was a perfect location for a photoshoot (it didn't take much convincing).
The yarn.... I'm in love. The Desert Cat (50% baby camel, 50% silk) is fantastic to work with, and super soft, perfect for garments close to the skin. And it blocks like a dream!
As mentioned - this is modded (notes are on my Rav project page). It's also heavily beaded.