Sunday, April 19, 2015

Busy Saturday

Friday night, Ken and I went to Michael's.  They had a sale on sugar n cream crochet cotton.  It was wonderful in that I got a lot of yarn at little cost.  I had a 20% all items coupon which made the great deal even better.  With tax, I paid about 82 cents per skein which is a huge saving because this yarn is normally 2 - 2.5 a skein.
I have already made one thing from it.  I found a pattern for a basket I like.  It turned out really well except that I learned we picked up scented yarn.  I've always avoided this yarn because scents tend to set off my asthma.  I was right in that this one did as well.  It turned out really nicely though and after taking an allergy med I didn't feel quite so awful.

From the scraps of the basket, I started a trivet for Vicki.  She wants several so I just kept working with the variegated (not the scented) and started the trivet.  It is made completely from scraps.  It was a quick and easy project.

In addition to these two smaller projects, I finished the graduation gift for my student worker.  No pictures for now as she hasn't gotten it yet.  I like how it turned out and hope she will as well.

I started a skirt for a friend but as I'm looking at what I've done, I'm not thrilled with it.  I have an idea in my head and will probably be tearing it out to try to make the project match what's in my head.

I also started a dishtowel which I hope to finish this morning.  This is also made from scraps.  I just keep tying on a new little ball when I run out of yarn.  My middle daughter has asked for several new dishtowels, this will be the first to use up some of my scraps.  I also have actual full skeins she bought so I'll be using those as well over time.

I finished reading both Cast in Peril by Michele Sagara and Remember When by Nora Roberts and JD Robb.  I've gotten the audio books for the next in each series on my fire.  I've been flipping back and forth between audio and text.  When I'm crocheting, I listen.  When I'm too tired to crochet, I'll pick up the book and skim through the books.  It goes faster and I can skip the parts that annoy me.  Cast in Peril this was key in.  Love Sagara's writing and her Cast in series but Peril was just tedious and not really a complete story.  I hear that the next one - Cast in Sorrow is the same way.  I'll see what my tolerance level is for it.  I might end up skimming through parts of it as well.

I also downloaded Divided in Death.  Having just finished the short story, I'm trying to decide if I listened to the other two short stories before this.  I'm going to have to go look.  I don't think I did.  That means I may have to just go through and do a quick read on both of them.  I'm trying to read her series in order including the short stories.  I'll go back and catch these two up before I start the next one.

This should keep me busy for a bit and out of trouble - maybe.  I have a bridal shower to go to today so you never know what sort of mischief I'll get up to.


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