Victory! I finished my shawl for my mom! I actually finished it a while ago but I forgot to post. I'm very happy with how it turned out, given that it was my first shawl and first lace. It was my first time blocking but I have my blocking: before/(during)/after pics so you can see how much better it looks!
I have decided I will participate in the Harry Potter Crochet/Knit House Cup this fall. I hope I have time for it! I just applied for a job at a nearby coffee shop and they want me to work mornings >.< But if I use my time more effectively it should work. But hopefully that doesn't mean sacrificing any knitting for doing other things!
I quasi-have my projects planned out. My queue holds a variety of patterns that I intend to make with the yarn I have. I'm still in the "one project at a time" stage in my knitting. I need to finish my Aidez before September though or else the HPKCHC will be impossible! I'm about 2/3 done the second sleeve so hopefully I can finish the sleeve today and start on the yoke/upper part.
I also got some more !!FREE YARN!! from someone in the city who knits. She had a bunch of extra so she was destashing, so I picked up a sweater quantity of this really nice cotton sand-coloured thick/thin type yarn. I'm going to make a swingy/drapey open-front cardigan. However, I don't want to start it right away because it will definitely be a summer garment and I'm afraid it will be out of style by the time next summer rolls along!