Thanks for the entries so far in the Knitting calendar giveaway.  You can enter until 7/31/12 midnight Pacific time so keep ’em coming!  While we’re waiting to learn the winner, I will fill you in on my recent FOs:

Those are the Amelie socks in the Artisan Sock yarn that I bought for (relatively) cheap from a de-stashing Raveler.  As I had read, it was a lovely yarn to work with.  The pattern was great too, though, the pretty dropped-stich lace pattern would probably look better in a completely solid color.  I thought the neutral tonal would work — it’s fine but  it doesn’t show the pretty patterning as much as I thought it would.  I do love the color because, as I mentioned, it’s the color of my two dogs!  More socks are in my future because the fourth shipment in the Cookie A Sock Club is due in August.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

My other FO is a Mother Bear:

So I made one of these a few years ago with the pattern from the Knitting for Peace book.  It came out horrible!  My less-than-stellar seaming and embroidery skills really showed and there was no way I could donate it to the intended recipient — a child with AIDS in Africa.  However, since then, a new seamless, in-the-round pattern has been released and I bought that so I could participate in Barb & Tracie’s Mother Bear Knitalong.  If you don’t know the 2 Knit Lit Chicks, subscribe to their podcast right away — they’re FANTASTIC.  And they’re very passionate about this organization, which is why I got inspired to join in the knitalong.  So this second try turned out pretty cute, though I still wish I could embroider better faces on my toys.  I’m working on it…

In other news, after many, many attempts at different options, I think I may have found the right granny square for the blanket I will be making.  More on that soon.  Also, my in-progress doll quilt has been “in progress” for way too long.  It keeps calling to me every time I walk by it.  Hopefully, I will be inspired to sit back down at the sewing machine sometime soon — and hopefully my daughter will still be into dolls by then!