Just got a call from Jessamy, she's in Newcastle, alive and well, and it's raining.
It was my mom's B-day yesterday, and I did manage to get her table cloth done, although the edges were a bit damp (she didn't seem to mind) from the starch I put on at the last minute. I tried taking a picture, but the cameras in our house at chronically out of batteries. Basically, it looked a lot like the unfinished pictures, but with a strip of white double crochet and a shell border of the same pink/purple border.
I'm to the armhole decrease on my sweater. yay. It's going to look absolutely nothing like the sweater I had intended to do.