Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Sunday Edition

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!


32 comments:

  1. By the picture it looks like a Japanese quince.

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  2. Japanese quince. You can make a good jelly to go with cold meat from the fruit.

    I've just had a visitor who would use the kitchen sink as a handbasin and the tea towel as a hand towel....it drove me wild!
    I'm not a tidy person, but, given my husband's health, very hot on hygiene and veg get cleaned outside in the veg sink,the kitchen sink is used for food prep and the handbasin for all else in the hand washing line.

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  3. I know it as Japonica, it does bear fruit like quince - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaenomeles. Great bags btw

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  4. I'm all for frequent hand washing and I don't much care which sink it happens in -- but I do keep a hand-drying towel in the kitchen as well as the tea towel for dishes and my husband knows which is which! So for us it's not a big issue.

    And the towels are always dry and warm 'cause they're hanging on the Aga. Just saying... (ha!). -- Ruth

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  5. Hey Kristie,
    I HATE it when people (all the men in my family) wash their hands at the kitchen sink and then use my tea towel to dry them. We have a bathroom right next door to the kitchen. As I pointed out to my husband only yesterday.
    Leanne xx

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  6. Love the pouch, a real delight. I am not a fan of washing hands in the kitchen but to me the worst crime is drying hands on a tea towel.

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  7. Love the pouch! Sad to say my talents as a seamstress are non existent. As to the hand washing, I don't care where someone washes their hands and what they dry them on. What I really care about os that they wash them well and as often as necessary.

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  8. I always send my kids upstairs to wash their hands in the bathroom. I am not so good myself (she admits guiltily) but my hands are never that filthy and I dry them on my jeans rather than a tea towel.
    I love your project bag and will have a look at the pattern, I might give it a try. I am a bit scared of sewing zippers... Alexandra made a lovely gift for you! I did see your bluebell jumper on Kate Davies' blog, amazing. She is right to ask you, it came out very beautiful and will be an inspiration to many other knitters. xx

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  9. Those flowers make me happy to look at :) Even though you were disappointed in the interfacing, I think the bag turned out really well!

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  10. Yes, it makes me cross too! All because they can't be bothered to go upstairs. Sometimes there are clean plates and things right next to the sink, and they're splashing muddy water all over the place. We must take a stand against it! Lovely bag, you've made a really professional job of it. I think the plant is a flowering quince, we used to have some when I was little, they're some of my favourites, always so exotic looking, at such a chilly time of year. Like a Japanese painting. (In fact I think they may be Japanese). CJ xx

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  11. Ah, yes, I'm right with you about hands in the kitchen. I have pointed out many times which is the hand-towel, and put out linen tea towels so they can be distinguished as for the dishes only. So what happens? They start to wipe the dishes with the hand towel...grrrrr. I give up!
    You made a beautiful job of the bag Kristie. Rotten luck with the interfacing, and I wonder what on earth they sold you. Sometimes weird things happen in fabric stores. Love that vintage photo!

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  12. hmm. I think I am guilty of that, but now you mention it I will stop.

    I love your project bag. They seem all the rage right now, maybe I should join in, since all my projects are in Ziploc bags, or hard plastic bags from the yarn shop.

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  13. I agree about the hand washing, it's one of my pet peeves also. It's my understanding that soap does not kill bacteria, but loosens it so it falls off your hands.....into your kitchen sink??? Just seems gross to me. Lovely bag though!!

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  14. I love that last photo's heading. Who is the young lady? I agree with you about the hand washing. I believe only the cook has the right to wash their hands in the kitchen sink. I hang my dish drying towel on the oven door which is across from the sink, but that doesn't prevent someone from using the hand towel next to the sink to dry dishes! I use terry for hands and linen for dishes, so they're easy to distinguish.

    Your bag is nifty! Maybe the store will give you free fusible interfacing at your next purchase if you tell them of their mistake.

    Your plant sorta looks like a bougainvillea flower to me.

    I'm not of the knitting world, but to be included in a post about Superb Knitters is an honor, indeed!


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  15. A sock monkey sock knitting bag! That's wonderful. The candle is a keepsake, but big enough to use some too. I have to admit we use the kitchen sink to wash hands and santitize it before doing food prep. And we also keep a separate towel in the kitchen for drying hands.

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  16. I'm with you, drying hands on the kitchen dishcloth or tea towel is frowned upon by me in this house. Washing dirty hands by the kitchen sink and then shaking them dry so that droplets of water end up being sprayed all over the kitchen window also doesn't make this Granny a happy person.
    I think your project bag looks great , it puts my brown paper carrier bag full of sock yarn to shame.

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  17. Hmmmm..... I am guilty about washing my hands in the kitchen sink for about everything. But I never dry my dishes with the same towel, the dish drying towel is ALWAYS new, fresh from the drawer. And I am a freak about washing out the sink a million times a day. By the way I love the bag.
    Hugs

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  18. I'm not too picky about which sink people wash their hands in, but I do keep separate towels for drying hands and drying dishes.

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  19. OK, first of all, a sock monkey motif for your sock yarn is a stroke of brilliance. The plant is quince, I'm quite sure and is wonderful if you cut and bring into the house for forcing. Also spectacular in simple ikebana-type floral arrangements. Mine is sulking in the yard at the moment because of the all the horrible cold we've been having; I don't think I've ever seen a prettier one than yours. No, the towel thing wouldn't bother me at all (please don't think less of me.) I think we are entirely too clean which many medical professionals now feel has led to us having so many allergies, etc. What I can't stand though is when every single member of my husband's family washes their hands in the sink and then dries by flicking their fingers sending water all over the walls. He was broken of this years ago but somehow, I think it's genetic!! LOL!!
    Last but not least, my sister The Bossy One, sent me that very same card. How funny. Have a great week, Kristie.

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  20. I see that you already know it's a quince.

    Love the bag!

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  21. As others have said, quince! They are gorgeous aren't they, I love the brightness of the flowers. Your pouch is very cute, but annoying for you that you had the problem with the interfacing. I hope that the next time you make one you can get hold of the right stuff. xx

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  22. I love the bag!! I've been meaning to make one of those for ages now but fear is a strong procrastination tool. Of course, now I know that fusible interfacing is a must! ;)

    Yeah, the kitchen towel thing... I actually don't mind the washing hands thing as much (unless his hands are really freaking dirty and he doesn't get all the dirt off in the washing and it ends up on the towel). What drives me more mad is when said towel gets used on the floor to wipe something up. I see red when that happens! ;) You are not alone.

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  23. We solved the kitchen towel problem by making hand towels that hang. Ours hangs from the refrigerator door, my sister-in-law's hangs from the oven. They are relatively quick to knit or crochet out of worsted weight cotton and can be tossed in the washer and dryer. We have used them for years. They also make great gifts.

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  24. I don't think your question had ever occurred to me before, but that's probably because my husband constantly washes his hands in the kitchen sink. In fact, I think I've only ever felt annoyed when he washed filthy hands in the bathroom sink because he left so much grime behind in the sink and on the nice bathroom towels. All of my kitchen towels are plain white cotton barmops that I bleach every time I wash them, so maybe I'm not even noticing the dirt on them. :)

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  25. I just change my tea towels often so they are fresh. There was no training the people I live with so I just keep the cloths changed and laundered and then I don't mind.

    I love the bag you made and the gift made for you.

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  26. See I don't get the hand towel issue. My hands are clean if I've washed them. I'm with silverinthebarn above on this one, although I can see we are in the minority :) Cool on the post on Kate's blog, that's quite something in the knitting universe ;-)

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  27. Your little bag is great, I like the fabric you used. That is very cool to have your sweater picked up by Kate Davies, she has some lovely designs! On the washing hands thing, I would rather they wash them there than upstairs where they splash whats on them everywhere. So I have hand wash, and the towels are constantly getting used and washed again. :)

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  28. I'm with those who said Japanese Quince. I had one under my back stairs in Abbotsford. Watch out for the thorns; my daughter stepped on one once. Not pretty!

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  29. Missed this post, but saw your Bluebell on Kate's and grinned.

    We have a plastic bowl that sits in the sink that the dishes are washed in and clean 'tea towels' (is that a British word) to dry them with. And if washed and undried dishes are on the drainer then hand washing at the kitchen sink is a no no. But for most of the day the empty washing up bowl is tucked out of the way on the empty drainer and there is a hand towel nearby and I would prefer people to wash their hands there (particularly as I get spray happy with the Dettox in the kitchen throughout the day). It was ever thus in my childhood home and like so many of us I'm sure I just carried that forwards into my own home.

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  30. I keep a towel just for drying dishes and another for drying hands in the kitchen. If someone used used dish-drying towel for their hands (and I saw it) then it would immediately go into the wash.

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  31. I LOVE your pouch! It's fantastic. I am going to have to check-out that tutorial. I hope the next time you go to the fabric shop you're able to get the right interfacing. What you're looking for should feel like fabric. One side has a textured 'glue' on it. Your interfacing definitely shouldn't be melting or disintegrating. :-D

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  32. A shame about the lining of the pouch, but what a good idea as a project bag. As for the hand washing, I don't mind the kitchen sink being use, but definitely not the tea-towel. I keep a terry towel for hands right next to the sink and woe betide anyone caught using the tea-towel!

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