Hello there! This Tuesday morning I was out of bed at 4:30 (sigh) to make coffee and to send my sixteen year old son, Nathan off to his first day of work. He will be spending the day working the polls and he had to be there by 5:00 a.m. His AP Government teacher set him up with the information to do it and so off he went. He's happy to be out of school for the day, of course, and I'm sure he'll have interesting things to tell me when he gets home. He was feeling very grown up:)
Yesterday evening and last night, I traded in knitted rows for sewed seams and finished another two bags. I now only have one plastic bag in my knitting basket. Fabric certainly feels better and I love grabbing a smaller bag to take with me when I go out during the day with Jordan. I'm not sure why I was low on bags. I made the pattern for the red bag and it was fine, but the next one will have a shorter handle and maybe a slightly different shape. But the inside is roomy and pretty sweet with co-ordinating fabric.
The drawstring bag is a favorite of mine to make and I follow this pattern that comes together like a prize. From start to finish, this bag can be made in about an hour. Isn't that amazing? Love that!
Both the Japanese knot and this draw string bag are so fun to make. Following the instructions, you sew here and there, then turn the fabric this way and that way, followed by a little bit of thinking to yourself, "Can this be right?", and suddenly, like a magician's trick, you turn it right side out and you have something awesome. A new bag!
There is one more bag I'd like to make and that is this one here. :) Really cute and just right for yarn wouldn't you agree? I love that drawstring sitting up top as well.
I haven't forgotten my cottage corners and with an intentional budget of say, zero I'm choosing wisely. A few frames have been bought, there's new fabric to cover my hope chest, and some from my stash to make pillows. I have no idea when the actual work will be done. It's somewhere on the list of many projects, but it's a tiny start in the right direction, for the cottage I'm creating, corner by corner.
Today's focus will be piano lessons and getting assignments done for homeschool group on Thursday. Then, I'll be trying to relax with my knitting. I think slowing down a bit today will be a good thing, and just thinking about that feels like a slow deep breath followed by an exhale. I know that when I really slow down, my thoughts immediately shift to gratitude and the blessings in my life. Yes, I'm going to go slow and enjoy today.
I hope your day is lovely and the people you meet today are kind to you, and I wish when you get home it feels like an exhale too. Jeannine:)