I just love Saturday's. I love waking up on my own, going for a walk and drinking a cup of tea while reading a few blogs. Today I did just that and then Little Buddy and I went outside to do some yard work. He walked around while I weeded and cut back some very overgrown bushes. It was so hot and humid out that I saw little drops of sweat rolling down his sweet face, yes that is Florida for you in September at ten in the morning. So we came inside and did some house work. He was chatting away, walking around and frankly messing up my clean floors. I love to hear his chattering about trains, elevators (which he calls an alligator), school and well just anything that comes to his mind. He is so darling and talking more and more everyday.
Even though I have some paperwork to do for work I am getting things done around the house instead. And I have been grabbing a little bit of time with yarn. Thursday I suddenly had to make another crochet basket, why I am not really sure but the impulse was just too strong to ignore. I grabbed yarn I already had, a size L hook and got busy. It took me two days because frankly I had to give my wrists and forearms a rest. I feel like I had a huge workout and my arms are sore today. Here is a peek.
This baby is large, like really large. I once again used the crochet basket pattern by Liz. I was inspired by Tanna, Tammy and now Sabrina.
I had bought yarn to make some of these as gifts but I have to be honest here, joining rounds in crochet is not a strength of mine. Yes I have seen all the tutorials, and YouTube videos. I am impatient, I want to go and go and not be bothered finishing every round by cutting off the yarn and securing it. The middle portion doesn't look to bad but the side, well that is another story.
I don't want you all to think I am some master crocheter, I lack a lot of skills. So I will be keeping this basket for myself and won't be giving these as gifts due to my impatience and pathetic joins. I guess that will leave me with more cotton yarn to make dishcloths for presents.
The best way to camouflage your mistakes on a basket is to fill it up so no one really notices. I think this might be a great place to put finished washcloths. These washcloths are approximately 9 1/2 inches across, so you can see this basket is indeed pretty big.
More things to savor on this Saturday. A dishcloth nearing completion, this will be number nine for me.
And on my walk this morning I found these sycamore leaves on the sidewalk. Make no mistake, Autumn is not arriving here anytime soon. These leaves have simply been on the tree too long, they fall off and then turn yellow. I can imagine they are on the ground because of Autumn and I can also imagine it is not 93 degrees out right now.
These beauties were sent to me from a wonderful blogging friend. I am not mentioning names in case there are some weird rules out there about feathers being sent in the mail. I am a feather lover as you know. I feel like each one you find is a special gift from God, nature, the universe whatever source you believe in. I have found just a few feathers this year, and really very few last year. When I saw these on my friends blog I gasped, they are so gorgeous and the darker one I have never seen before. So getting these in the mail was an exceptionally sweet surprise. A gift from a friend and the universe, what could be better?
Hope you are having a great weekend and did not get a phone call from your son saying his car got towed because he forgot to move it off that particular street at the University last night because it is a football game day today. I will have to work a bit of overtime next week to pay for it. Ah.........to be young and have a open wallet payed for by your parents.
Hope you are savoring your Saturday.