Peace and glitter

My weekend got off to a good start, attributable in part, no doubt, to this card I got from a friend:

Peace and glitter
Peace and glitter

 

While I spent some of my weekend working on crochet, I spent the largest part of my weekend attending performing arts productions associated with this holiday season.

First up was an evening spent at Durham Performing Arts Center (aka DPAC) to see Theatre in the Park's 38th Anniversary Production of Ira David Wood III's "A Christmas Carol."

Each year the production is updated to include references to current events and pop culture; one of this year's more amusing sequences featured Ebenezer Scrooge and his entourage dancing Gangnam style.

With the chill that was in the air that evening, I really wished I had my now completed grape fizz Victorian texting gloves done as they would have been perfect with my coat (a vintage delight with three-quarter length sleeves). In any event, the texting gloves are now finished, and as soon as I make a coordinating hair band, I will be putting them to good use:

My grape fizz Victorian texting gloves
My grape fizz Victorian texting gloves

The other project I tackled this weekend was Tracy St. John's Fantascot. Early Saturday morning I finished the upper and lower edges of the piece, then blocked it by soaking it in warm, soapy water with a touch of vinegar.

After gently pressing out as much water as I could, I then rolled it between towels and set it out on a mesh sweater dryer to dry.

One side before blocking:

One side of the Fantascot before blocking
One side of the Fantascot before blocking

 

The same side after blocking:

One side of the Fantascot after blocking
One side of the Fantascot after blocking

 

The "other" side before blocking:

The other side of the Fantascot before blocking
The other side of the Fantascot before blocking

 

and the "other" side after blocking:

The other side of the Fantascot after blocking
The other side of the Fantascot after blocking

 

I resisted the temptation to tart it up even further as my mother has a pin collection she can use to tart it up as she chooses.

I don't know yet if I will get the six sudoku afghan done in time for Christmas, but it will be the first thing I work on tomorrow when I get to my crochet.

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