My dad and his fiancee were in town this past weekend for my cousin’s wedding, and so they finally got to see our house. They spent most of Saturday with us, and stayed the night. I liked getting to show off our house and the work we’ve done, although I discovered that being able to sleep through Destin getting up in the night is far different than hearing other adults up moving around in the house at night! I think I was awake more than I was asleep on Saturday night! Since they were in town, I’d waited to give Dad his birthday gift, and Karen her Mother’s Day gift (the mug rug in my last post). Karen was glad to see Mia again (I’d adopted Mia from her), but Mia spent most of the weekend under the bed. I’m not sure if she remembered Karen, since it has been a little over a year since I brought her home from California.
I finally got my Jordan top re-finished and blocked, in time for my cousin’s wedding. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I’m very glad I took the length back to what the pattern called for, rather than leaving it extended a whole extra row of pineapples! Blocking sure makes a world of difference in getting the pattern to show!
Dad and Karen’s Visit
Keeping in the color scheme of our favorite cabin, I crocheted Dad two red-and-white rag rugs for his birthday. The curves ended up a bit lumpy, which may have been fixable by blocking, but I ran out of time… I did give very specific washing instructions – cold COLD COLD water! I pre-washed the fabric, but I’m afraid the rugs will be red-and-pink if washed on warm! I used bedsheets I bought at Walmart, torn into 1.5″ strips and seamed together… the two rugs combined took two king size sheets, one queen size sheet, and half of a full size sheet… and that was just for the red! The white didn’t even take one king size sheet for the two rugs combined… sure glad the sheets were an inexpensive source of fabric!
Monkey went out Friday night at her usual time – around 3am or so, but when she came home Saturday morning, she was limping and crying. She stayed curled up in her favorite chair all day. From what I could tell, it looked like something had bit her back right foot – it was awfully swollen, and she’d cry and hiss at me if I tried to touch it. Thankfully she was doing better on Sunday, and was up and moving around a little even though she was limping. She was quite the cuddle bug Sunday evening, so we had some snuggles on the couch. She seems to be pretty much all better now, the swelling has gone down, she’s barely limping, and she’ll let me touch that foot. I’m glad she’s getting better quickly on her own – I was afraid a very expensive trip to the vet was in the near future, or that something worse would happen!
Grandma’s Mug Rug
I haven’t seen my Grandma since I finished her mug rug, but I hope to gift it to her soon. Forget-me-nots are my favorite flower, and I have good memories connecting those little flowers to my grandma. Since they grow like mad and are more plentiful each year without some serious work to keep them from taking over, I was allowed to pick them without restriction in my grandma’s garden when I was little (because you don’t set a toddler loose in a huge, gorgeous garden without some very clear restrictions!) I find it interesting with quilting how much of a difference the binding can make in how finished/unfinished a project looks – binding is the only difference between the to photos above.
(and a photo of me at about two years old picking forget-me-nots in Grandma’s garden)