My idea last week worked! As soon as I cast on for Mom's new pair of socks, knitting 400+ stitches per row on my Knusa shawl seemed not so bad. So, for roughly every five rows I knit on the sock, I knit 2 rows on my shawl. As a result, both are coming along nicely and I'm not avoiding my shawl any longer.
In fact, I've only got ten rows left to do on my shawl! The lace border is turning out very well.
For the socks, I decided to go with the Plain Vanilla pattern, since the striping yarn keeps it interesting enough, and I really want to knit these up fast. (Because I bought some awesomely wild colored yarn--stroll hand painted in 'tropical'-- earlier this month during Knit Picks Red & Pink yarn sale and I want to get it made into a pair of socks for DD2 before the beginning of May when she heads to Peru to study abroad this summer. At Christmas time she mentioned that, while she loves blue, she thinks she wants something 'wild' for the next pair of socks I make her. I can't wait to surprise her with tropical socks before she heads to some what tropical Peru.)
The book I am reading this week is Ride The Right Horse; Understanding The Core Equine Personalities & How to Work With Them. It's written in an easy to read, down to earth fashion, which I like. I am enjoying it, although I have to confess that so far, it hasn't told me anything I don't all ready know. Then again, after 32+ years of working with horses, I've seen all the personality combos. So it's more of confirming my own 'research' and experience than learning something new. But it is a good book.