Here is the pincushion I sent to Ingrid, along with a sewing keepall that I forgot to take photos of... The keepall is a fold up design that has pockets for a tape measure, scissors, dressmarkers chalk, unpicker and thimble (the small leather type that folds flat) as well as a little felt square attached for needles and safety pins (great for threading elastic through childrens' clothes). I also popped in a little box of chockies to spoil her for Mother's Day (as it was a Mother's Day swap) and a homemade card (again - photo forgotten! Note to self - next swap take photos of everything handmade!).
Then, my ISE4 scarf arrived! All the way from MA, USA. The lovely Linda sent it to me with some books for Austy, and some local treats for me. The scarf is wonderfully soft and blue (my favourite colour) and suits my casual jeans style of dressing perfectly. I love cables and this cabled scarf is so snuggly! Will be great when Winter really kicks in. I was thrilled with everything and tried to savour the chocholate as long as I could but once opened, I couldn't resist! I shared it with my friend who came over for a scrap night on Friday and we gobbled it all up. It was DELISH! I still have the caremel one but am scared to open it lest it dissappear as fast as the yummy dark chocolate with raspberry liquid centre.... drooooool!
And here's my ugly mug modelling it... (Austy is a much cuter model!)
I popped a fringe on the ISE4 scarf I made as the knitted edge just wasn't working. With the spare wool I decided to make a pair of fingerless mitts (fetching from knitty) but stil have one to go before I can send it off. I am hopeless with making two of anything but want to send it next weekend so must pull the needles out and cast on.
And I finished Austy's longies... well the knitting part, anyhow. I still want to embelish them with some starfish or seahorses. I'd love to do an octopus, but it could be difficult to design. Unfortunately I ran out of wool so didn't quite have enough to do the i-cord leg finishing that I wanted to try out. Oh well - the purple was a good match and doesn't look too out of place, plus it will allow the cuffs to be rolled up, which will be good when the next bub needs them as I can start using them when he/she is younger and get more wear out of them (no there is not another bun in the oven yet - we need a bigger house first but rest assured I will do everything in my power to play Mum to a newborn all over again sometime in the near future!)
I have also started a "For Me" project. It could take me forever as I'm not big on adult size projects but after I stuffed up and bought twice as much lamb's pride wool/mohair for Austy as I needed, I decided it was better to make a jumper for me instead, rather than have three balls sitting around unused after finishing his jumper. this was an online purchase, and after seeing it in real life I'm kind of glad I bought too much as I think it suits an adult projecta bit better. The colour is more like something I would wear and the mohair might be a little itchy on a toddler. I still have to by something for his chunky knit that has been waiting a while on my wishlist but thought I'd start mine to make a dent in my woolly stash. I don't usually buy yarn until I have a project for it so really don't have storage space for anything other than current projects. I am making a Jo Sharp raglan sweater from Knit3 but wanted something a little more interesting than a thousand rows of stocking stitch. So out came the knitting stitches book and I chose a couple of cables to go up the front. After one repeat though, I am not sure - maybe I should rip it back to the ribbing so I can space them out some more. What do you think? It's actually more green than the pic shows.