I always wish I were Portia. Portia has so many posts written in advance and can take off on holiday for I think a year, and never have to write on the road. As my trip for Paris gets close, work is crowding me hard to get things done before I go, and I haven’t even thought about packing yet.
That is this year’s year-long knitting project – Marie Wallin’s Fairisle blanket. Isn’t that stunning? I’m hard at work on Block 1 – over halfway through – and my poor little hands are exhausted. When you do Fair Isle, it works best if you have one color yarn in one hand and the other color in the other hand, and you throw them as needed into the knitting. I’ve gotten it down really well on the knit side, but I still somewhat suck purling back with two hands. But I love this project. Well, now I do, but I figure the hate will set in about June.
Last year’s year-long project was the Debbie Abrahams blanket.I haven’t actually finished it yet. I still have 9 squares to do and then need to sew together the strips (we pick up from square to square up and down so only have to sew in between). It’s really gorgeous, and I’m about four months overdue to finish, but my sons’ Christmas sweaters took up about 5 weeks of knitting time to get done.
So Paris! I’m so excited! Iunx has released three new things, there are 3 new Guerlains in (yes, absolutely will sniff that Ne m’Oubliez Pas if it’s still in stock), and I’m hoping the new Malle is out there when I’m there. There have been so many great new things the last month or so, I’m suffering a little letdown as I browse around and can’t find anything new that is crying for my writing attention.
Winners of the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc samples – Sunnlitt, Peppy Obrien, Maureen and petunia. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you!
What can we draw for since I’m ignoring sniffing this week due to time problems? Oh, I know! How about two sample sets of new things I bring back from Paris – the Iunxes, whatever Guerlains new I buy, etc? Just comment to be entered. Have you ever taken on a year-long project in some craft or another? Do you break out in hives just thinking about it?