I've been neglecting my weblog for much longer than I should, but I'm back with a vengance! The first thing I want to send out is a belated thank you to my secret pal for the package and the nice note. She (at least I believe it's a she) sent me a package with cake fingers, a pattern book, chenille yarn from a local (to her) mill, lavender eyelash yarn (much softer to the touch than the brand I'd used before), and a thin, nubby rainbow colored yarn.
Oh, and the package also had what looked like a pen, but turned out to be reading (or working) glasses, and a cat key chain. The next picture does more justice to the latter, which wound up rather buried (and backward) in the one above:
I haven't yet decided on a project for the yarns, but I have a few ideas. I think I may use the chenille for a baby garment (maybe a hat) for Stitches from the Heart, with at least some of the eytlash yarn as a trim. The rainbow yarn may also make a good trim for throughout the project. They may also make a good hat on their own, or maybe some gloves or mittens for moi.
In knitting news, I finished the knitting part of my original Charlotte mid-August, as predicted, and set it out for blocking. It still needs the crochet edging mentioned in the pattern, and the crochet lace trim I decided to use instead of fringe in the pattern. Here is my blocking picture.
While Charlotte I was blocking, I started Charlotte II. Charlotte II went much more quickly than her big sister. I think the main reason was my goal to finish it in time for my mother's birthday (which is this Saturday). I also had become more confident in the pattern, to where I could even bring it out and about with me. Charlotte II actually beat Charlotte I in my finishing, because I decided to make the edging before the blocking instead of after. After several false starts (including an edging I ended up hating for Charlotte and frogging--after it was almost complete), I finally finished the edging last night, and set it out to block just before sunset this evening. Unfortunately, the time of day was not conducive to a very good picture, but here is my blocking picture of Charlotte II.
In my last post, I mentioned wishing I'd finished Charlotte I a day or two earlier so I could block her in the place where I house-sat. That evening, I had another reason to wish I'd finished her earlier. I wore a sleeveless dress to DBF's reunion, which was held on a hotel rooftop in downtown San Diego. Even a Southern California summer can get a little chilly at night. It wasn't cold enough to warrant a heavy, zipped-up jacket, but Charlotte's Web would have been just the thing, and would have added a little more elegance to the outfit. Well, there will be other evenings. If all goes well, I should finish the trim on Charlotte I tonight. Then, maybe I can take a picture of both Charlottes draped over the couch.
I have also finished the extra ribbing on the Knicks sweater. I extended the bottom and each sleeve to about 4 inches, which was as much as I dared. Now for the bad news. I'm afraid I forgot to take a picture of the finished (refinished?) sweater before giving it back to DBF ::gives self 40 lashes::. It is now (I assume) on its way back to Poland.
Now that I have the Knicks out of the way, and (almost) both Charlottes, it's time to get back to some socks. I have yet to start the Making Waves socks for the 6-Sox knitalong, and I still have my Baby Cloverleaves to do, as well as the 2-cicrcular needle socks I'd started for my nephew. It's also time to get back to work on Kersti. I mentioned the beret and gloves in my last post, but I now have a picture of a glove in progress: