Well, I finished Adele's crocheted Easter dress. While it was a quick crochet and is very pretty, I am afraid to say it may be a bit too snug on her. (Even though I did the size up from her own!) How this is possible, I know not. When I hold it up it seems SO big (too big for my "little" girl!) but when it is on, you can see her little girl belly pooch out because it is so snug. Belly pooches are still cute on her age so let's pretend it will be cute, kay? Because I REALLY don't want to have to make two for her. I doubt she will be able to get much summer wear out of it since it is already borderline too small but I hope she can at least wear it for Easter. I tried to extend the dress length by adding my own made-up flutter sleeves. They made the neckline too low so I ripped those out again and made some smaller ones that work better.
For being so quick to stitch up, I sure have had to monkey around with it enough.
I should be starting on Corynn's Easter dress next but I have a knitting class at the library next Tuesday and must have something to show for these last two weeks, so knitting it will be for now. We have just begun a cabled purse pattern (I love the look of cables! I hope I can do them!) using a super bulky Brown Sheep yarn. This yarn is the real deal people. Duck yellow. $18.00 for a ball.
I must say, I've never in my life spent that amount on yarn before (and never will again). I am more of a "buy it on 50% off sale at Michaels or get the cheapest stuff available and use a coupon" kind of girl. When I said I would rather go with a coupon to the local A.C.Moore or Michaels, well, let's just say there was peer pressure involved. 'Nuff said.
Needless to say, I think I *must* give this purse away when I finished with it, just so I am not constantly reminded how much money I spent on the dumb duck yellow yarn so as not to appear the cheapskate I truly am.
|Feast your eyes on this spun gold, the likes of which I will never have in my possession ever again.|
I picked up 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess last week because right around March-ish (without fail) I begin to feel all claustrophobic and cluttery. The book seemed to fit my need to purge so I borrowed it from the library. Basically, the author sets aside seven months to focus on seven areas of excess in her life. The first month was food- in which she ate only SEVEN foods for an entire month. The second- clothes. In which she wore only seven things. And so on and so forth. My favorite was month 3: when she (and each member in her family) gave away 7 things...EVERY DAY. That right there is what I need to do. (Matt and the kids can start! ;-) )
I like the book, I really like the concept BEHIND the book (because we really are, each of us, so spoiled that we can't even see it) and I've been convicted a few times...but her writing style is such that it seems her main drive in the book is to sound witty and cool. That can elicit a few laughs here and there but mostly, it's distracting.
Working on anything? Reading any good books? Spill it!