Hi, it's been awhile. It has been a whirlwind of activity over here - riding the emotional roller coaster with all its accompanying ups and downs. I think things are starting to get back into some sort of sustainable pattern now.
Yesterday I sewed all four large squares (each made up of six panels) of the Sampler Afghan together, and am almost done with the knitting on one of the two rectangular strips on each long side of it. After that one is sewn on, and the second rectangle is knit and sewn on, there is picking up to do (mercifully, for only a few rows) for each of the four sides of the afghan, with mattress stitch to sew the corners together. I can't believe I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel of that project!! No pics yet.
I haven't done much actual sewing, though I did do a muslin yesterday of a new pattern, and have signed up for no less than THREE Craftsy.com classes. I'm working through the Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class, and am at the stage where I've cut out the muslin and have done the thread tracing on the machine. I have to say that is a really nice way of working with "no seam allowance" patterns and I will use it again in the future. The other classes I bought are her follow-on Starlet Retro Jacket class and the Jean-ius class to "knock off" jeans that already fit.
I went to Vancouver a few weeks ago for work and stayed in a great hotel - the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I would love to come back to this hotel, maybe in the summer. It was extremely luxurious and I loovvvvved that Vancouver seems to be teeming with both great sushi/seafood and Asian food of all types. I also liked that you can walk virtually anywhere "downtown". It was my second trip to the city and won't be my last. Here are a few pics from my hotel room, which had an amazing view.
and the room, which was actually quite reasonably priced (I wish I would have taken some of the hotel lobby, but there are some great ones on their web site I linked)
What else? I made another lamb cake for Easter
went to a 40th birthday party for a good friend and had a quasi "high school reunion" of sorts (here we are, the recently turned or soon-to-turn 40 crowd)
and am going to Tampa this weekend to visit my parents, going to NYC for PR Weekend in a few weeks, and going to Germany for a week at the end of the month for work/visiting friends.
Hope everyone is well!