Yes, that would be me. Bad blogger! I got behind in posting and blog reading, and then it seemed I was so far behind that catching up seemed overwhelming. Eek! Sorry. I got all my holiday gifts sent off yesterday, so today and tomorrow I will catch up on blogs. I hope you all have been having a wonderful holiday season!
I made two fleece blankets as gifts, but the recipients don't read my blog so I can post photos now. I made these envelope style because fringed edges seem more appropriate for children than for adults.
These are easy to make -- it just takes willingness to crawl around the floor to square up the fleece and pin the layers together. The time at the machine is very short. I love how they feel!
I received a wonderful gift from my swap partner, Marianne of Les p'tits gluons. She sent a cute fabric bag (you can see I started putting Christmas cards in there), some absolutely adorable fabric -- clearly, she looked at my blog and discovered what I like. There's also a needle case (I didn't have one), a yummy French chocolate bar, and a handmade gingerbread card. Thank you so much, Marianne!
The head of our local Project Linus chapter sent a photo of what almost 800 blankets looks like. Wow! And they had to mail all them, individually, to the children they were made for (children whose mothers are in prison). It was quite an undertaking. Fortunately, she has a very large family room.
We had an ice storm during the night. They are beautiful -- every tiny twig and blade of grass is coated with a layer of ice...
...but they are deadly. This hemlock in our yard is bent over with the weight of the ice; normally it's quite a bit taller than the yew trees you see behind it.
Fortunately, the trunk didn't snap and the tree has now regained almost its full height as the ice is melting.
Two other quick things before I head to the dentist to have a crown and a bridge put in (yuk!):
Binding tutorial -- I haven't forgotten, I just haven't made it yet.
Digital photos -- David Pogue, who writes the Circuits column in the New York Times, has a neat entry this week about taking digital photographs. Click here to check it out!