Friday July 20, 2007

I finished up the apron I’ve been working on this morning.  I took a picture of Dani wearing it for those of you who asked to see it.  It is a belated birthday gift for a dear friend, but I gave her a sneak peek of t it last Sunday so I’m not ruining the surprise with this picture.  I fell in love with this fabric when I saw it.  I thought right away of her beautiful Victorian home, the huge kitchen with it’s rich taupe walls, and her lovely dining room with it’s fantastic black furnishings.

William and I headed to town this afternoon for our eye exams.  No surprises, really.  Will’s eyesight is wonderful, almost 20/15!  My eyes look very healthy; but my vision has changed, which makes new glasses necessary.  Like I said, no surprises.  I’ve known for several months that I would need new specs.  It was just a matter of waiting for the two year interval since I got my last glasses in order for my husband’s medical insurance to help pay for them.  My exam was today, but I have to wait until the 25th for the two years to be up so that I can order the new ones.  I’m so thankful for my husband’s job and the fact that his health plan does give us a little bit towards our eyeglasses.

The eye clinic was running almost an hour behind today, so Will and I really had to hustle to get our in town errands done so that we could be home in time for dinner.  Gasoline prices in our part of the country continue to inch downward.  At least they’re headed in the right direction!  It wasn’t qutie so painful filling up the gas tank today as it was a few weeks ago.

I’ve almost finished the second cotton wash cloth.  I worked a second one in the basket weave pattern; and I was right, it does look better in a more solid color yarn.  I am hoping to get a stack of these made up to use in my kitchen for dish washing.  My dish sponge is brand new, so I have a bit of time to get a nice stack made up before it wears out!  Small knitting projects are just the thing to take along to a doctor’s appointment or while riding in the car.  They can slip easily in and out of a purse, and make the waiting time productive.  With the optometrist running so far behind, I worked about a dozen rows while Will and I waited to be seen.  I’ll be able to finish this wash cloth up this evening.

I picked Dani’s thread up while we were in town , too. Saturdays are busy days around here, but I’m hoping that she might be able to find the time to do a bit of stitching on her skirt tomorrow.  Next up on my sewing agenda is to finish the stack of potholders that has been languishing in a basket for far too long!

Dani and I need to work out a system for putting one another’s things aside when we have the chance to sit down and sew.  Ideally, we would each simply put our own things aside as we finish each sewing session, but that’s not always practical.  If I get up to tend to one of my children, I may intend to return to the machine and just never make it back.  Dani could have a similar situation.   I have several wayward projects on the table in the sewing nook.  I think that I will take some time tomorrow to find a new place for those projects to wait their turn for completion.  Dani and I would then be able to each use one side of that little table for our current sewing projects.  Sounds like a plan!

My family is having way too much fun the living room without me.  I’m off to join them!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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7 comments to Friday July 20, 2007

  • Oh the apron is lovely and of course Dani is beautiful! I love knitted wash clothes. I have several from a craft fair at a nursing home. They are round with scallops. Your sewing nook is getting an awful lot of milage!  Bren

  • Would you be willing to share your pattern for the dishcloth?  I have tried to crochet several and they always turn out way too big to be practical.  Your’s looks perfect.

    Ann       http://www.tisthegifttobesimple.blogspot.com

  • I just scrolled down and found the link for the pattern.  I will be trying this soon as I have some of the sugar and cream yarn leftover from another project.

    Ann http://www.tisthegifttobesimple.blogspot.com

  • You did a very nice job on the apron.:)
    Blessings,
    Mrs. C

  • ohhhhh, the apron is beautiful!  :goodjob: Alesha

  • That is such a beautiful apron and Dani looks wonderful! I also like your dishcloth pattern!
    Kelli

  • Ann -( EDIT I deleted my original comment and have edited it to change the pattern info below.  After working the “plaid” cloth a bit, I needed to change what I was doing to make it look nice.  I didn’t want the old directions still on here)
          I’m glad you found the link to the pattern.  I’m not doing the middles with the stockinette stitch and duplicate stitched words.  Instead I’m just continuing the pattern through that section.  With the basketweave, I worked seven repeats of the eight rows.  I’m working the “plaid” pattern now, and I am workingt it by repeating the first 12 rows four times, and then rows 1- 7 again (keeping the first two and last two rows of the cloth in garter stitch as mentioned in the pattern).  That should give me a nice pattern repeat without the stockinette section in the middle.  Let me know how yours turn out.
    Posted 7/21/2007 10:15 AM by copperswife