Yes... you're not imagining it... I've been sewing and stitching! Caroline and I have been working on a plum colored linen dress for her and we're close to being done. I have never done a blind stitch before for the hem, but I'm going to have to learn quickly!
I have also started Alicia Paulson's counted cross-stitch pattern "Winterwoods" which is on a beautiful gray linen. It's a little harder than I thought it would be because the linen tends to be a little irregular in the warp and weft. But it's also very addicting! I just ordered a piece of brown linen to do my own thing on. It's hard for me to follow someone else's pattern because I keep wanting to create my own design.
I have been thinking of moving Red Yarn to a new url. Right now it's under my full name (you've noticed I'm sure). I miss being out there with everyone else and sort of hidden here. In some ways it's nice because now I feel like I'm just talking to you guys--my friends, and no one else. But then I feel like I'm cut off from a lot of other nice people out there and I can't share stuff like this with anyone else. I just want to be anonymous but maybe it's too late for that.
Back to cooking dinner! I decided to come up with a week of dinners and do the same thing over and over so I really know how to do them well, and then change things up a bit whenever I get a different vegetable or want to try a new spice. It takes the stress out of planning and getting groceries. I tend to make the same things anyways and so I'm just sticking to my favorites. I made some bbq brisket yesterday that was to die for... I must post that recipe. It's from Sara Foster's Fresh Every Day cookbook... one of my favs!