The ten days of absence (at least, I think, though I don't dare count) were due to a trip to Germany I undertook. It was my father's birthday and we had ourselves a little celebration.
Well, there was one official celebration, but until we reached that one, my brother, my sister, a good friend and I had another celebration. Which was fun until about six in the morning. It was much less fun on waking up in the afternoon, I can tell you.
Maybe I'll get to last weeks follies later this week, for now I'm content to dive back into fabrics and threads, into pens and inks, and some computer design work.
My first attempt at the placket neck sweater looked all right. All right, I mean. It looked very handmade. It was destined to go to a wee little girl who was born about two months ago, and my little sister had, two months ago, already offered her a beautiful patchwork blanket.
You know, beautiful. All cleanly sewn, nicely to behold, and the little girl's father had said, on seeing it the first time: 'Oh, something so valuable...'
So I imagined what he would say (or not) to my very handmade sweater and made it again. Cleaner, nicer, a little bit more perfect. The wool helped, too. It's 100 % Merino (Bingo by LanaGrossa), very thick and very very soft.
The needles will come out, in case you wonder. Thought I'd give you an impression from where the action is (right. It's not that I haven't figured out kitchener stitch to perfection, at all).
When I came home on Friday these lovely yarns were waiting for me, fresh from PurlSoho. It's Baby Alpaca (chunky) by Cascade Yarns. Lovely soft, as well. It's destined to be knitted into small sweaters of various sizes, the pattern of choice being 'Duck Soup' from Jujube&Lolo.
May I say that it's absolutely not my fault I bought this yarn ? It's all because of Ulla, who posted about tiny dufflecoats a while back.
All I can say is: Don't start blogging. It will get you into a whole lot of trouble.
But it's full of good ideas, I have to admit. These birds will be, if I keep with the task, this year's Christmas decoration. My first own Christmas decoration ever, to be more precise. I never remembered it was going to be that time of year until about two days before the 24th and couldn't make decorations in time.
The bird pattern is from Joelle Hoverson's 'last minute patchwork and quilted gifts'.
(Seriously, was there anyone out there who didn't know already ?)