I think it worked.
I am not as productive as I was last year at this time, but compared to earlier this year I am getting a lot more rest yet also making some (very modest) progress on a few fronts.
I managed to feel well enough to focus on getting two reviews finished, and I also managed to get enough pattern modifications written down to complete a re-write of my Cloud on her Shoulders shawl (the new version will be called 'Light on Her Shoulders').
I also have been able to do the math to increase the number of sections on that stripey shawl to make it almost completely circular. I am currently using the leftover Malabrigo yarn I had in stash to make my winter snuggle shawl. My former winter snuggle shawl got felted, and was too small for me, so I am using the same brand of yarn to make certain the shaping is what I want for the new pattern, and keep myself warm this winter.
Since I wear this inside, I am not particularly fussy about the colors, and am actually looking forward to the surprise of how it will look when finished. I have completed the part of it that is using colors I feel certain go well together in an harmonious manner, and am entering the section using the last two remaining yarn colors: a rich shading of red to pink called Amoroso striped with an oddly purple gray shade called Alpine Pearl. Will it be beautiful? I don't know yet, but it will be snuggly, soft and warm :-}
Oscar has been very busy in class all week. He is home taking the course on the computer, but it means an eight-hour day in the study, and he has whatever bug I had most recently. I think he will spend a lot of time sleeping this weekend.
Even though I have been sick, instead of stressing about what I wasn't accomplishing I took a nap when I felt tired and tried working after waking up each time. At first I could only add a note or two on the patterns, or a sentence or awkwardly worded impression on a review but eventually I was able to clearly express my descriptions and opinion and complete a review, and on the design side, could think of the sequence of stitches to make an evenly spaced number of increases to make the shawl circular.
I am spending some time thinking about what pattern I will work on next (I have four patterns that are almost completed) and reading a bit ahead for reviews due in the upcoming months.
Although it seemed counter intuitive I can now say that slowing down helped my production, which in turn helped my mood a great deal :-}
Next step in the completed pattern (Light on Her Shoulders) involves blocking the shawl and photography, both of which need Oscar's help. At our new home I plan to have space to do my own blocking and if I am lucky , my own photography. In the meantime I am very glad Oscar knows his way around crafty skills!
Below are the two interesting colors that will be combined at the bottom of my winter shawl: