I have two projects that I've been meaning to show you, but I can only take credit for having made one of them. This is the No Guts Boxie Pouch, a free pattern available on Craftsy.
I'm happy with the way it turned out except for one thing. It's actually a fairly major thing, and I'm feeling sort of annoyed about it. Being a novice seamstress (or maybe I should say a novel seamstress?), I depend on the expertise of the people at the fabric shop. I asked for fusible interfacing but was clearly sold something other than that.
This fact didn't become apparent until I was halfway through the project and whatever it was they sold me started to melt when ironed, and disintegrate when sewn. As a consequence, the bag doesn't have the body it should have. But still, it works, and it holds my sock knitting. Best of all, now that I know how to make my own project bags I'll never have to buy another one.
The second project is a special gift Alexandra made me for my birthday last month. She magically turned a mason jar into a candle holder. It makes me happy every time I look at it.
I was both shocked and pleased when Kate Davies asked if she could include my Bluebells sweater in one of her recent blog posts.
Karsten and Diana have this gorgeous plant blooming at the side of their house. None of us have been able to identify it. If you happen to know, or even have a guess, please leave a comment.
Finally, there's been a somewhat lively discussion amongst family and friends this week regarding kitchen hygiene. I won't go into how the discussion got started, because to do so would identify the guilty culprit. But then again, maybe not, because after talking this over with others it turns out we all have a guilty culprit, or two, or three in our lives. So here's my question for you. Does it bother you when someone uses your kitchen sink to wash their dirty hands, then dries their hands on your kitchen dish towel? It makes me crazy. I always point out that the guilty party wouldn't be too happy if the kitchen staff at a restaurant started using the bathroom hand towel to dry the dishes. If what is being done in the kitchen is something you wouldn't want done in a restaurant, then don't do it. Besides, I consider the kitchen sink to be for washing dishes, prepping food, and cleaning hands that are dirty from things like cutting an onion or mincing a garlic. Not from taking out the garbage, changing the baby's diaper, etc. I would love to hear your opinions!