I mentioned the other day that I have photos to share. Let's start there:
Simple Sparrow recently had a contest to mark her 200th blog post. I was one of the lucky winners! She sent me one of her beautiful handmade pincushions, some fabric and vintage buttons for a project (I'm thinking of making one of those cute needle books.), and some candy from across the Pacific. Thanks so much, Toni! If you haven't checked out Simple Sparrow yet, stop in when you have a chance. There is always a lot of inspiration and beautiful photography.
I've been on a bit of a felted bowl kick lately. I had big plans for green felted bowls with chocolate truffle Easter eggs tucked inside. That's not going to happen, but I do have some bowls to show for my idea. :) I used the One Skein bowl pattern, but altered it for the dark pink one to get the shape I wanted.
Two more Christmas dishcloths are finished. I really like the pattern for the Garter Slip Stitch dishcloth on the left. I'm currently knitting my second one with blue as the dominant color and white as the accent. I like that color combination, too.
Recently, Rachel recently had a stash sale. I bought this sock yarn from her. There were actually two skeins of the blue Knit Picks yarn, but one skein was already in use when I took the picture. I'm thinking of using the hand-dyed yarn for a lace scarf or small shawl. Thanks, Rachel!
Now, for the nice gifts I should have mentioned before and didn't. Last fall, Trek sent me a braiding tool to make Kumihimo braids. I had big plans to make a beautiful braid right away and to post a picture of the tool and my braid. Unfortunately, I am just now trying my hand at braiding and it's taking more tries than I thought it would. :) So, no great pictures yet. But, I am feeling bad about not publicly acknowledging this nice gift. Thanks, Trek!
And in December, Caitlyn offered me her copy of Spindle Spinning. Again, I thought I'd spin some and show my progress, so I didn't post about it right away. I recently started reading the book and I got my spindle back out. "Thunk!" - it hit the ground. I guess I should read more of the book before I try more spinning. :) Thanks, Caitlyn, for your generosity in sending me this book. It's full of great information and it will help a lot!
What I was forgetting the other day is that we are leaning toward California for our trip. We're thinking of San Fransisco, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, and possibly the Napa Valley. Thanks to everyone that gave me their opinion about the two locations. Both would be great trips!
One last thing... Royal Yarns rocks!!! They had the Nashua book in stock for the KAL with Katie, Keri, and possibly Emily. That alone was great because I had trouble finding it. But, the best part is that I ordered the book and a skein of Touche on Monday and I received it yesterday! So, today I was able to start swatching. If you want to join us, the web site shows that Royal Yarns has more books in stock. :)