If you do not hear from me for a few days, do not despair! For on the morrow, I depart for the wilds of South Texas (Behar County, y'all) to reside in the bosom of my family, or what's left of it. I have handknit gifts for the Princess, Miss A, and Sis. I'll carry along Pup's Steelers socks, so he can see what progress I've made; also I expect there will be plenty of knitting time for me this week so I might actually get thru the &*%$$^ heel -- which is all black with black reinforcing nylon. It's enough to make my dry eyes really tired. But I'm hoping there will be lots of daylight to knit by, always very helpful when knitting tiny dark stitches.
Miss A's gift hasn't been photographed yet. I used the Elegant Alpaca Fingerless Gloves pattern, but only worked three repeats of the lace -- I wasn't sure how far my partial skein of Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation Alpaca Love (Dusk colorway -- deep purple!) would go. As it turns out, I probably could have worked one more repeat on each glove -- but oh well! I have found some more of this yarn online, and expect delivery soon (likely while I'm gone to Texas), which I'd like to use for leg warmers for Miss A.
While I'm visiting San Antonio (love that town! and they love Volunteers, too: the Alamo is right downtown) I'm going to check out the Yarnivore yarn shop, which is on (near?) NW Military Dr. I've read some good reviews of this shop, in Ravelry, and would like to visit & review myself. Of course, I'll see the Riverwalk again, and maybe a museum or two. Should be fun. Then it's off to Austin, to see the gals there & deliver their gifts in person (be still, my heart!). I may even make it there on the Princess' birthday! Woot!