When my cousin Kim came to visit last week, she brought me a gift. Among her other talents, Kim is an accomplished quilter and seamstress - look what she made for me!
This bag is the perfect size for my sock and afghan square projects. Here's a closeup of the inside.
And one of the cute beaded key chain.
Thanks again, Kim - I love 'em!!
Some other things I'm very fond of are Mouse's stitch markers. Mouse is not only a wonderful artist, but her ideas are so fresh and funny. I snagged these at S&B last night, but I'm looking forward to adding more and more to my collection.
I'm waiting for my very own Llama Llama Duck, Rubber Duckie, and Ice Cream markers, as well some flowers and whatever other clever things she thinks up in the future. Go Mouse! (I have it on good authority that she also takes custom orders.)
On the knitting front, I've started the first of the squares for the Manos afghan. So far, I like using the Manos, but I still contend that there could be a lot more consistency in the fiber, even it if is hand spun. I won't use it for a sweater again, but it's working out fine as a square.
I also finished my Project Spectrum purple socks.
Trekking XXL #78. I used Miriam's excellent, and easy, "Simple Trekking Socks" pattern. This interesting take on a K2,P2 rib shows the Trekking colors off to their very best, I think. Thanks for the fabulous pattern!
After two weeks of waiting, the insurance company finally agreed with their body shop that Jim's car was a total loss, and yesterday he got the check. This morning, he went to retrieve his license plate and CD changer and had to bid a sad farewell to his zippy red car. He stopped at one car dealer on the way to work, only to find that obtaining a replacement might not be so easy, especially if he wants a late-model used one. Apparently, the crush of traffic in much of the United States has resulted in a preference for automatic transmissions. But the car he had, and wants to replace, is a high performance vehicle, and having an automatic in a car like that is just not right. So the search is on. Hopefully, he'll find something quickly - those rental charges are mounting up!
And on the house front, we might have a buyer. I'm thinking we'll know something one way or the other later today. Send all the good vibes you can!! Thanks.