At knitting group this week I saw my first copy of Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. I had to apologize to the owner for all of the drool marks I left all over it. I immediately wanted to cast on for every single project! However, even better – my friend informed me that Nancy Bush was doing a two day workshop on the book in Mt. Vernon – only 45 minutes from my front door!! I knew she was coming to the Madrona Fiber Festival in Tacoma (3 hours away) in February and I had signed up for the preregistration lottery to get a spot in the class. Since I haven't heard, I'm assuming I did not get a spot. However, I was on the phone the minute the shop in Mt. Vernon opened and I snagged a spot for the two day workshop – for only $30 more than the one day workshop at Madrona. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
Until then, I'm trying to concentrate on getting Christmas presents done. I guess I can post pictures and everyone who reads my blog will just have to wonder if their present is showing up. Well, except for little size 2 and 4 sweaters – no wondering who those are for!
I did finish (well, kinda) one project – the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl is off the needles:
You'll have to take my word for it. I tried spreading it out and it didn't look any better. I'm hoping to have time next weekend to block it. And isn't it fair to finish one project and start two?
Of course, since they're socks, they don't really count, right? The brown pair was started because I needed a mindless project to take to knitting group. Simple top down socks with a mini cable. The blue pair, Mad Color Weave socks (free download on Ravelry) was started for the Sockknitters Anonymous group. Actually, it's pretty mindless too, but I didn't realize it until I had done a repeat or two.
I'm happy to report that Maggie came through her surgery with flying colors, although she was pretty sad yesterday:
Her foot is bandaged because she had a weird little dewclaw removed. That seems to bother her more than the tummy incision. But she has perked up tremendously today and I think it is going to be very difficult to keep her "quiet" as we have been instructed. She keeps bringing me her ball and dropping it at my feet to throw for her. She's going to be pretty bored by the time this is all over. It's a good thing we are not superstitious. After Maggie went in for surgery, I realized it was just about a year to the day since we lost Hester. Looking back at my post for that day still brings tears to my eyes, but Maggie has brought such joy to our lives. Certainly not a replacement for Hester, but another chapter in life.
Thought you all might like to see some of the cutest Halloween kids: