Chris, so sorry to hear about your dog and work stress. It's always something lately--the storms through central Illinois have been terrible too, so it's not always easy to stay at the machine all day anyway. This weekend should be sunny, dry and too hot to be outdoors, so there's a good sewing opportunity.
Though I'd love to start a jacket something, I'll have to defer to Bonnie if she's up to it...I'll email her and see. Right now I'm knee deep in prepping for this newsletter and since it mails July 2, I can't commit to anything until the end of July or first of August. That's one of my favorite times of year to sew anyway. I have a ton of plans for the September issue and really want to accomplish a lot this year. In just the last couple of weeks I've made two jackets and a 1960 cardigan, finished a handknit sweater and the July newsletter, so I need a little clean up/sort/down time. We've done jacket sew-alongs before and now I think we'd be doing great with some crochet trim ideas or embellishment. Maybe we should focus on that for a bit. Carolyn did that great embellishment with the pearlized disc beads/buttons not long ago, so maybe we should show off some of those things and then print them out for reference. We could make a trim book of ideas if we all contribute some pictures and how-to. Joan, you did an attractive cording or stitch detail once as well as have several others of you. Maybe if we gather all of those in one place and start right after the fourth of July?