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.
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂 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