I'd like to thank you for your well-placed outrage regarding the project fingering. I may print out your comments and leave them to protect my stitching next time I am wooed away by the sticky treats. But really, the woman who thought you had to give away the pattern because "who would stitch it?" People, that's funny. Don't make the poor woman feel worse than she did when she realized I heard her. (It is funny.) Oh sure, you resent that remark because you shelled out for And They Sinned.
I would also like to thank my kind readers who offered to send the color chart for the 16th C English Garden pattern. Just as it was waiting to be picked up by the mailman, I found mine. Because I finally finished unpacking. It was in the front pocket of the large suitcase stuck inside a magazine that I had taken out of my stitching bag. I'm such a dufus.
Anyway, I don't have much to show because I have been knitting a scarf. I had planned to knit this on the plane on the way to England but the Christmas Day bomber ruined everything. I wasn't sure I should take my crafts aboard with me, and I know England doesn't like you flying with knitting needles anyway. TSA is okay with it. (Interestingly, TSA is not down with the Clover cutters, which initially were the acceptable substitute for scissors.) (What I think they should do is get all the transportation authorities together and make international rules for what gets on and what doesn't. That way, I can take my tiny embroidery scissors both to Bermuda and back again. Or I can fly with a pack of John James needles from Philadelphia to London and then from London to Newcastle. Or we can all knit on flights.) (If they don't want to bother with making these decisions, let's fly by Israel's rules. You don't even need to take off your shoes at Ben Gurion International.)
For some reason, however, they do let you take your circular needles along to chaperon a 10-year-old's birthday party. Which is what I will be doing this evening. And if they're lucky, I won't turn the needles into a garrote.