Last fall, our son and his wife separated. You may remember that our son discovered he had a daughter from a relationship before he met his wife. The pull of a relationship with his daughter, now 15, after missing so many years was too strong for him to resist, so he moved to Texas to be near her.
Since then, we've had the opportunity to "meet" our granddaughter via Skype, email, phone calls, and FaceBook. It's wonderful to be able to see her, hear her voice, and keep in close touch with her. Not nearly as wonderful as it would be to grab her and give her a giant hug, but close!
I'm not even going to try catching up on what I've knit in the last several months; frankly, I can't remember! But my first original pattern was released to the world last fall! Knitters, I present to you Haberdasher which was included in Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy's Magic Cast-On by Judy Becker. I've done 3 or 4 book signings and will do another one later this month. The pattern seems very well recieved; everyone seems to like the design; but so far, no one except the test knitter has posted a project in Ravelry. I'm dying to see more of them and how they turn out. I'm also REALLY dreading that first "Dear Designer" letter telling me how badly I screwed up the directions!
More recently, I've been fortunate enough to recieve yarn support from Tactile Fiber Arts for more of my own designs. I met with Maia in February to discuss some ideas and she was a wealth of information and encouragement. She gave me some luscious yarns to work with, including a skein of her Occidental DK in Pomegrante. From that first conversation came these: