Look what I did! I bought this yarn in New Zealand in November and the sweater is done already! It's a yummy alpaca-merino wool blend in Rare Essentials Astrakhan and the pattern was super easy to do. This is the first sweater I've knit in about 35 years. I put all different pewter buttons on it, although I didn't do a good job of photographing them. (now I just need to learn to sew the seams more neatly, and block things...)
I've been sewing a little bit, too. This is a block for a monthly swap -- this month's request was for "circles". I had no clue, so I just started messing around with batiks, and added a little stitching, and then some beads... and it got mailed off today.
I also mailed off my 4 Seasons Quilt Swap -- monochromatic version -- but I won't show a photo yet.
And, there's been a little progress with those Amish houses I won a few months ago. They now have trees and a road, and I need to sew them all together and think about a border. I might need to rearrange a few blocks again. It won't be the first time!
Here's a picture of one of the visitors we had a few nights ago, in between rainstorms. There were several of them right outside the dining room's French doors, where I sew. Bucky was inside and didn't seem bothered by them at all. (if another cat wanders by the door, he goes ballistic, though)
And last but not least -- week 7 of the the Friday Block Party. This is called "Lucky Stars" and it was another doozy. (Kathleen, do you recognize the fabric from the EBHQ swap table?)
I'm leaving for Europe on Friday for a week. I decided to drag the laptop along this time, so I may have some photos to post along the way. I always get annoyed at the high prices for internet connections when I'm traveling -- but it's for work this time so I won't care so much.