Howdy, knitterati. For those of you who don't know already, I'm being laid off as of next week. This is the second year in a row that I'm being downsized, and it stinks big time. But I'm determined to make the best of my time off by knitting and blogging up a storm, so brace yourselves. I'm almost done with a shawl and hope to have it blocked and suitable for photographing by the end of the week. Until then, I plan to follow Elizabeth Zimmerman's timeless advice: "Knit on, with hope and confidence, through all crises."