Monday Monday #3

What a way to open! I’m a bit upset by the pattern price escalation at BMV!

Actually, I’m stunned. It appears that May opened with a new aesthetic.

These new prices are outrageous. Check out the change on the V1644 I purchased in February…

On to happier things, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve taken up crochet work again – it’s so peaceful. I found a fun variegated worsted yarn, but I had no hook large enough for it! After an online search, I found this wonderful set of 14 Luxbon hooks on Amazon – they are exactly like Boye hooks (my favorite) and are very high quality!

I don’t do well with the tapered head on Susan Bates hooks, I simply split my yarn too often.

Red Heart Super Saver in autumne/otono, with a J hook.

In the garden, my son’s Mother’s Day gift was to arrange for landscaping the front of the house. I had all the old, diseased shrubs removed when I moved in, and the beds have been bare ever since. I was looking forward to grazing the local nurseries and so on, but that’s not an option for me at the moment. What a sweet guy. Below, the house when I bought it and after paint and plant removal…

‘Green Garden Girls’ are coming by this afternoon to get things rolling, so I used a survey pic to draft a view of the yard and irrigation, plus ideas, for a starting point.

Small talk:

One day I started craving watermelons, the same way I craved them when I was pregnant with my kids. No pickles for me! So I’ve ordered seeds and seed starter pots for my own watermelon patch πŸ™‚

I’ve had to limit my walks to early or late hours, due to there being so many people walking and biking. I just can’t avoid them.

Recently I placed an order with Wawak for thread and elastic. I found a few colors of Gutermann thread and various sizes of elastic to be unavailable – I guess face mask sewing and limited production have taken a toll. I was also in need of rotary blades and eventually found these on Amazon, $12.99 for 5, and they’re really nice blades!

What does one do with so much free time? (1) Figure out that all the grit I kept sweeping up on my floors was coming from an ash box under the fireplace grate. Messy cleanup – I emptied the tin ash box inside, scrubbed the grate and fireplace bricks, and put a cover under the grate as well. I have to admit the grate is rather charming, it dates back to 1942 when the house was built.

(2) Finally defrost the wine cooler (I’m not a wine drinker, but it’s great for water and sodas). It was not getting cold, and since it’s 16 years old, I was afraid it was shot. However, it’s really fine without the ice build-up on the back wall. Turning it off required flipping off the circuit breaker to part of the kitchen, so I hurried things along with my hair dryer set on low. Done and done…whew.

Also done, sewing face masks, mine go into Orlando Face Mask Strong today. And I’m happy to get back to my usual selfish sewing πŸ™‚ I recently purchased two fabrics that I’ve never sewn: stretch bengaline and bullet-textured scuba knit. I’ve printed the Style Arc Barb’s pants and the Sinclair Patterns Bianca Shrug, so this evening is cut/tape time.

Well, that was a long ramble! I hope this finds you well and safe, Coco

Monday Monday #2

Thursday, but flexibility is a nice trait, right?

I’ve been researching indie patterns on Pinterest, since PDF downloads are perfect for this virus season. And I happened on the True Bias Shelby dress – my muslin is almost finished, and it will be my next post.

I also have two patterns for a v-neck bow-tie blouse (yes, the Sew Over It pattern is one of them). So far I’ve chosen incorrect sizing, and I’ve put the patterns aside for another attack in a few months.

Speaking of attacks, it’s love bug season here in Florida. Funky insects that hook up tail to tail to mate, and fly around like that for ages. They make a mess on cars, but I’m home so I just watch them on my porch screens.

Calm in the storm, I’ve taken up crochet and have worked with a couple nice shawl patterns. This one is on Ravelry,, by Johanna Lindahl. I really like the pattern, but won’t keep this version as my Lion Brand yarn has a metallic thread that doesn’t work for me.

Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake, Namaste Neutrals

The shawl in progress, however, will be a keeper. It’s the by Winding Road Crochet. I’m using the same yarn/colorway (Moonstone) for mine.

Red Heart It’s a Wrap Foggy shawl cake

I really enjoy the rhythm of crochet – not having to follow dense instructions, just grooving out with something interesting on TV, chilling..

Other stuff…It’s so quiet here at night, we are under a curfew and few cars are out. I’ve been enjoying hearing the trains. The track is about a mile from me, I love the way they sound as they travel a crossing.

And we are up to date πŸ™‚ My son arranged a shopper for me, and my small grocery order will be here soon. Navel oranges and lettuce!

With thoughts for all, thank you for your companionship, I hope you are well, Coco

Monday Monday #1

Perhaps this will continue – I received so many beautiful and uplifting comments on my last post (thank you from the heart), and I realize how much I’m seeking companionship at this time. So a rambling post from the loft πŸ™‚

Easter Sunday. David drove around College Park and hid eggs in nine friend/family yards, wrote scavenger notes for each location, and he, Preston, and Preston’s mom went on an egg hunt.

It was wonderful for me to talk to and see them from a distance. I left a note and treat for Preston on my porch. Gosh I miss them.

On the sewing front, I feel fairly energized. I don’t have a deep stash after moving last August, so I’ve been doing some replenishment with online orders (bet that sounds familiar). Amazon is incredible – I find many fabrics from favorite sites available there, and, having taken up Amazon Prime a month ago, the shipping is free and fast.

It’s not all fabric – I’m still ‘working’ on my new home, and ordered a bedframe and porch furniture in the last couple weeks.

But a lot of my orders are indeed fabric! Thinking ahead, I am planning a jacket and trousers from two lovely fabrics. The jacket will be a print, the pants solid:

Kokka Animal World Llamas on Orange Cotton/Linen Canvas
Kaufman Essex yarn-dyed linen in taupe

Other stuff – I find myself craving spicy food and sweets, something entirely new! You? Weeks ago I picked up a lemon bar mix to make treats for my son and grandson. OK, baked and eaten…they were wonderful πŸ™‚

From my very last neighborhood walk. There are so many people out walking and biking that I’ve given it up to maintain distance. Maybe at 6:00 in the morning…

With warm thoughts for you all, Coco