The baby and I were called out of town unexpectedly a week and a half ago, but everything and everyone is fine and we've returned home again. It's nice to be back. During our absence, Hotmail deleted most of the blog comments that had been waiting in my account (Blogger makes it really difficult to reply to comments, and then Hotmail puts all comments in my junk mail box - what an indignity for your thoughtful replies! - and deletes them after one week. I'm seriously considering opening a g-mail account and thus far have been too lazy - or busy - to make the switch.). I'm sorry to say that if I am to catch up with the snail mail, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. and find time to craft again I may not be able to reply to all your comments. But please know that I have read and enjoyed every one of them. Comments are like chocolate to me: I'm sure I could live/blog without them, but why would I want to do such a thing? My thanks to everyone who wrote.
I took my sweater along for the trip and made some respectable progress on it during our absence. Don't hold your breath, however; I need to finish some baby gifts and sew some pants for the baby before I do anything else in the craft realm. But look what Grandma finished for the baby's birthday! I just washed and blocked it and added the brown ribbon woven through the eyelets at the neck, cuffs, and hem. Grandma suggested trying to find a ribbon that matches the minty green color of the sweater, but I think I like the brown because it's not so sweet. And the brown and green polkadot fabric in the background may become a pair of pants that the baby can wear with her new sweater.