As my title states,
I've been away (from the blog)
but not really away at all.
We've been home and trust me,
I've kept busy.
Here's the book I completed on Tuesday.
Of course, I couldn't have done it without
the help of my friend Claudia.
The covers were made several months ago,
and I've been busy painting the pages
over the past few weeks.
I love to just throw paint at paper -
The binding is a 2-Needle Coptic.
I really love the look of it,
and I'm slowly but surely learning to love
The cover is very sturdy,
so it's a challenge to sew through.
The signatures are wrapped with a lovely
red-orange paper that has some gold threads running through it.
Claudia calls these little papers 'shorties',
which tickles me.
(I'm sure there's another more professional name,
but I don't remember it!)
I dyed a number of skeins of perle coton for the stitching,
overdyed a couple,
and these were the finalists:
I finally settled on the variegated green,
which I love.
I've also been knitting up a storm!
This is my Hannah Fettig Featherweight Cardigan:
I finished its second sleeve the other night,
having taught myself how to knit in the round
on two circular needles!
Boy, is that ever a lot smoother than using dpns!
So, in the above image, I've just picked up
all of the stitches around the fronts, sleeves, and
I'm on the home stretch, with only a few more inches to knit!
In the meantime, I've finished a pair of mittens for C,
started another sweater for myself,
and put the first few rows on a baby sweater for
a friend's new granddaughter.
Our daughter, son-in-law, and two grand cherubs
were here visiting for several days.
We had a marvelous time!