Hey, how are you? I’m enjoying a day off today and the sun is shining and it’s going to be hot again. The laundry is out on my brand-spanking-new clothes line which we bought from Amazon, with the brand-spanking-new clothes pins/pegs that we bought from Lee Valley. It just didn’t seem right to use the old weathered pegs on the new line!
The plan is to bring in the pegs each time to get them to last longer so I felt I needed a bag to put them in. I could have crocheted one – nope, too slow – and I could have sewn a fancy one out of pretty cotton, and I could have made one out of an upcycled T shirt, but there weren’t any in the thrift store bag (lots of socks and underwear, but no T shirts)!
I rummaged through my fabric bits and pieces and found this Hello Kitty fleece – it was already a rectangle and I just needed to fold it, square it up, cut a small hole in the folded edge for the plastic hanger, cut an opening and hem it for the access hole, and sew up the sides and bottom. And reinforce the hanger hole, just in case.
And Bob, as they say, is your uncle.
The ripple blanket has grown a bit – if only I could actually spend more time crocheting and less time browsing Ravelry! I know I’d like to get it done before the 17th so I can start the Peacock Tail Bag CAL without a WIP hanging around. Maybe I should have joined the Ravellenic Games on Ravelry, which would have given me a deadline of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics to finish it.
Ah well, I shall do a bit more housework so I can feel justified in getting back to the couch for some more rippling later on.
This is a totally free cowl, as the Needle Crafters Biggy Bump Chenille came from one destashing friend and the Cascade Pacific Chunky came from another.
It took a 10mm hook and a slow pace to hook the yarn between the pompoms so that they ended up all on one side and didn’t need to actually be pulled through any loops. Plan to work in the round if you use something like this, unless you actually want your pompoms to be on both sides.
It’s very soft and smooshy, about 26″ in circumference and 4″ wide. And I’m glad that I can say goodbye to another ball of random yarn.
It was a gorgeous sunny day in our valley, and I had two walks, plus took a drive to drop some stuff off at the Salvation Army thrift store and stopped in at the dollar store to pick up some large zipper-seal bags. Whilst there, I also found some clear plant protectors that just might keep the quails off our lettuces this year, a new calculator, and (ahem) this…
I’m a bit of a sucker for Hello Kitty!
The large zip top bags were partly for my yarn. We’ve had a few large ants in the kitchen, only one at a time, but enough to make me think of all the bugs emerging from their winter hidey holes. I sprayed a lot of diluted peppermint oil around last night and haven’t seen any since, but thought it wise to seal up my yarn just in case anything decided to burrow in. It was also a good opportunity to enjoy looking at the colour packs I bought a while back. I still haven’t decided what they will become.
Well, it’s still quite early by most people’s standards, but Tai Chi Man has already turned in and I am not far behind. Sleep well, dear readers, and thank you for reading.
We’re hosting a teen potluck here on the weekend and I’m hoping that we will all be gathering in my not-so-big living room for some good food, fun and games. Rather than borrow a bunch of extra chairs, we have invested in half a dozen body pillows (20 X 46″) and I ran up some pillowcases for them tonight. It didn’t take long, and the cool thing was that it used up my Hello Kitty and flowery stash that I brought home from work as remnants. Once this event is over, I’d love to turn our family room into a comfy place to hang out, so I’ll be looking at ways to make it look less stark in there. These pillows will be a good start.
The top pillow (pink Hello Kitty) is not as well-covered as the others as I was limited by what I had.
Hello Kitty fleece
Pattern tracing paper
This is a book I bought recently, as I found it at the library and liked it enough to invest in it. I pulled out the Burda pattern tracing paper that I bought on sale at work some time ago and the three metres of blue Hello Kitty fabric, also bought on sale (I think it was buy one metre, get two free)!
I made the largest size and the pyjama pants just fit with a small amount of positive ease. I was hoping for more roominess but if I make more I can use my current fleece pyjama pants as a pattern instead. This was project #2 today.
Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky in four colourways
Bonus! Sale fleece – buy 1 metre, get 2!
Bonus! Remnant from work. More Hello Kitty!
First batch of Stylecraft Special DK
Stylecraft Special Aran for a future blanket
Second batch of Stylecraft Special DK
All of the new DK together
Woohoo! Two yarn deliveries this week. Deramores sent my order in two batches as some of the yarn was back-ordered, but maybe the mail was moving faster than usual because it didn’t seem to take long for it all to arrive. Not only that, but I brought home two pieces of Hello Kitty fabric tonight. One is a small remnant that was marked down at 75% off, the other was on sale for Buy One, Get Two. Both fleece.
Our family is going to Wild Play tomorrow. The boys have been warned to be ready on time, as I have booked and paid for it online. Sunday, Tai Chi Man and I are attending a class, and Monday is Labour Day and blissfully free.
After that, we will have to get used to a new schedule, as ds2 starts at the local college.
Happy weekend, everyone.