June happenings

May was kind of a nutty month. I had a ton of orders (which was awesome!) and most for rope knit items that also needed to be dyed. Days were busy busy busy. I had a package fall off a FedEx truck and thankfully be found by a very nice old man who wanted to help me get it to the right person.

June has felt like a reprieve in comparison. I did get called for jury duty, but the trial only lasted 3 days, and sales have slowed down enough that it wasn’t a problem.

I’ve been reading Pride and Prejudice in my free time. I have all these classic books that I have never actually read, so I figured it was time for a little Jane Austen.

I got my first strawberries out of the garden. They grew so easily I am thinking of planting more in the future.

I made egg salad with fresh dill from my herb garden. For some reason slicing the eggs in rounds makes it seem more sophisticated.

Mike doesn’t like watermelon, so I found a small one at the store that was just my size.

I busted Sadie hiding under a pillow fort. She is the queen of burrowing.

Oh, and if you haven’t tried Sonia Kashuk’s nail polish, you totally should. Not only are the colors great, but the polish stays on really well with hardly any chipping.

We’ve gotten to that point in the year when it stops raining for several months. It’s sunny and warm now, but soon the morning fog will start rolling in every day. So for now, I’m enjoying dappled sunshine, Jane Austen and pink toenails as much as I can.

The ultimate recycled blanket

Remember this guy?

Well, after a few years of constant use on our couch it was looking a little rough around the edges. The yarn had started to get fuzzy and pill. And I was just starting to wish for something new. I was all ready to find some yarn on sale and start a new blanket. But if you’ve ever made a blanket yourself (especially one of this size), you know that it always ends up costing more than what it would have if you just went out and bought one.

So I thought about if for a while and decided that I would try to make a new blanket out of the old one. I’ve always loved those colors, and they go so well with our orange couch. So I pulled the whole thing apart.

It took me the better part of a week to get the pill-y yarn wound into huge balls. But once it was done it really did feel like a fresh start. And there were only a couple parts that needed to be cut out because they were beyond repair.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on the new blanket here and there. I improvised a color block pattern as I went along. And I finally got it finished!

I love how it turned out. It’s obviously not as attractive as a brand new blanket would be. But since it will most likely be claimed by the dogs most of the time, I’m OK with that.

Reggie loves it already.

Speaking of blankets, my sister just finished this adorable love birds quilt for a friend of hers who was getting married.

I’ve never made a quilt before, but I have the ultimate respect for those who are talented at sewing.

And I hear that Megan’s cats were a big help in the process. Especially Vladmir.