Without further ado -- here is the item I made for my friend Harriet ~~
Pay no attention to my leg steadying the pillow. I love the mattress stitch for seaming.
I used a little over 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage Wool, which is machine washable, 5 brass buttons, and an 8 x 16 down pillow for the squishy-ness. I really enjoyed the cabling and once I got going it wasn't hard to keep track of the stitches.
I would definitely make another pillow using this pattern. In fact, I think I'll be cranking out some hats using this pattern, maybe skipping the 8 stitch cable though.
Harriet seemed to be pleased with her pillow and I hope she will get many years of use from it.
I received a fabulous sewn bag, travel mug and box of Assam tea from Sarah, who had drawn my name and given me the perfect gift in the super cute frog bag. I'd had been thinking of getting a new travel mug last Saturday but resisted -- intuition again?
There were so many wonderful things made and exchanged tonight. Here are a few:
from Dawn to Linda:
Sam the Ram from Harriet to Tanya:
a tablerunner for Sue from Kelley:
a cat bed for Barb from ??? (more help needed):
And a bag with Margarita mix for Rita from Adina:
Tonight's meeting was so much fun! I can't believe how many people said they stressed over what to make their swap participant. Maybe it was because I know Harriet so well, I don't know, but I loved every minute of my process. I love how we knit together every week and she never knew I had her name.
I brought home more charity yarn (ewwwww -- acrylic) and will knit on that over the summer. It will become a hat and/or scarf for the South Oakland Shelter and I'm sure when it gets really cold, someone will appreciate having it.
Knitting with acrylic yarn makes me love wool that much more........