(Before you ask—no, there was no independence days update this week. By the time I remembered it, it was Thursday . . . next week, for sure.)
Carolee Clark of King of Mice Studios is having a giveaway. She does gorgeous painted Halloween-y things, and this is a little wooden box painted with a black cat (who looks a lot like my departed Theo)—all you have to do is go to her blog and leave a comment on the August 17th post. And then wait until Monday . . . I can't afford her eBay things; wouldn't it be wonderful if I won this?
My newest find is IBOL—Iraqi Bundles of Love. Run by a soldier in Iraq, it's a short-term project, aimed at getting fabric/sewing tools/yarn and knitting tools into the hands of Iraqi women. Clicking on the button over to the left will take you to the intro post. Here's a quote—[this project] is based upon my assessment that sewing fanatics and quilters and knitters tend to have stashes that far exceed their actual needs, and that sewing fanatics and quilters and knitters are passionate both about sewing / quilting / knitting, and about sharing with others. How true. I can't bear to get rid of any of The Stash, even though I will have to live to be about a hundred and seventy-five to use it all up (and, of course, that assumes that I don't add to it in the meantime . . . ), but I love the thought of some other woman using the cloth or yarn that I've bought and lovingly stored—for a number of years, in some cases. So I have two priority APO boxes ($11.95 shipping, no matter the weight) waiting to be filled and mailed this week, just as soon the Social Security check gets here. I have fabric and yarn, and some knitting needles that I'll probably never use; I'm planning to go to the awful Super WalMart (only because my money will get more there, in this case) and get some needles and pins, thread and tape measures and scissors and anything else my allotted amount will cover—maybe some snaps and buttons—to add to my boxes.
As soon as I get it blocked, it will go into a plastic box to wait for October, when the afghans for Afghans deadline is (unless they change it, which may happen). I've begun another one—a ripple this time, in a warm yellow, a honeyed orange, and a maple syrup-y brown. I think I can get it done in time. :)
I took part in a doll challenge over at Sew What's New (there's a button link to my page down in the right-hand column). We were supplied a pattern and told to make something (my favorite kind). Here's what I came up with:
Tomorrow we're planning to get up early and go down to the river (yes, I worship at the watery shrine of Our Lady of the Swannanoa); perhaps I'll have pictures.