Saturday, 30 June 2007

Knitting for charity and a hat pattern

My local yarn store had an article in the newspaper last week asking for hats and other knitted or crocheted items for children in need. I already had four hats made up, waiting to be given away to the local food bank or whoever, so I called in at the Art of Yarn and gave them the hats and, of course, spent some time browsing around and enjoying eyeing the delicious yarns.

This week, I used up some bits and pieces to make four more hats, none from patterns, just made up as I went along...

The top two are made from Bernat Softee Chunky, the cream one is some acrylic I picked up at a thrift shop this week, and the red one at bottom right is made from TLC Wiggles in red and yellow. Here's what it looks like opened out...

Odd, eh! It's reversible and double thick when worn. You just push one colour inside the other to wear it. Below is my 9 year old son modelling it with a goofy face - it's a bit small for him though. The circumference is 19 inches and the depth is 6.5 inches.

Here's the pattern - I made it up so there are no copyright issues!

TLC Wiggles (acrylic) yarn, two colours, one ball of each
US #6 or 4mm circulars (16 inch length) and dpns
My gauge was 5 stitches/inch

Cast 90 stitches (using the long tail method) on to the circular needles, join and knit in the round until your work measures 5 inches. I use the position of the yarn tail hanging off the bottom of my work to keep track of complete rounds, but it might be a good idea to place a marker at the beginning of the round for the decreasing part. Change to double pointeds when there aren't enough stitches to fit comfortably on the circulars.

Decrease for crown -
*K8, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
K1 round
*K7, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
K1 round
*K6, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
K1 round
*K5, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
K1 round
*K4, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
K1 round
*K3, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K2, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K2tog; rep from * to end of round

Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail, thread it onto a blunt darning needle, run the needle through all the stitches clockwise, pull up, take the needle down through the centre and knot off on the inside.

Now using the second colour, go to your cast on edge and pick up 90 stitches all around. This is done by inserting the tip of the circular needle under the two strands of the cast on, wrapping the yarn around and proceeding as if to knit. Make sure you go into every stitch (with hindsight, it might be better to knit with the lighter coloured yarn first to make it easier to pick up for the second half of the hat).

Continue to knit all stitches until you have 5 inches in the second colour. Then decrease for the crown exactly as before and fasten off. Hide the yarn tail inside.

This is a great way to make a warm hat which is neatly finished, as the yarn tails and wrong side of your work are completely hidden!

Friday, 29 June 2007

Needlepoint and Memories

I have mentioned that it was my paternal great-grandma that planted and nurtured the seeds of creativity and a love of handicrafts in me from my early childhood. Since I have recently been sorting through things in an ongoing effort to declutter, I came across some things I thought I would share with you. Gram was a very talented woman with needle, crochet hook, rug hook and especially with tatting shuttle. Today I thought I would share some of the beautiful pieces of needlepoint that she did at some point in her life followed by a couple of pieces that I worked.

The roses above are probably my favourites - despite the fact the background canvas was never stitched in. I imagine this piece was destined to become a chair cushion, like many others she had done in needlepoint.

This vibrant piece awaits a frame as I intend to honour her memory by displaying her handiwork and enjoying such reminders of her.

This windmill scene makes me laugh, because it is so like Gram. I think I've seen this same scene in a oil paint-by-numbers kit she did. I'm not quite sure what the attraction was to this particular scene with its simplistic palette and rendering. It does make me smile though.

Here is one of the first needlepoint kits I ever attempted as a kid. Looks like I ran out of tapestry wool before I finished the background. ;o)

This kit was one of Gram's unfinished ones that I undertook to complete. It was part of a set, with the other being roses which I also completed. I had my husband build a frame for the rose piece and gave it as a gift to his grandma Rose, at least a decade ago. I guess I should do the background on this piece so that I can either frame it or turn it into a pillow.

I have other meaningful pieces to share with you another time. (Hoping I haven't bored you to tears with my trip down memory lane...) I am so happy to have the memories and mementos from a woman who meant so very much to me.

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Revealing the stash!

While taking stock of what yarn I have (and trying to get some projects in mind), I couldn't help but notice the lovely rainbow of yarn I have.

This is it all, excluding the bits left over from previous projects and the yarn currently being used in WIPs. Some of the yarn has a project in mind (like the sock yarn and the white wool for a sweater), other yarn is just waiting for me to be inspired.

And here is my fabric stash. This old shelf was destined to the garage until I thought that maybe displaying my fabric might motivate and inspire me (and it looks so pretty!!)

Most of my stash has a project in mind and is just waiting for me to find the time. But seeing it displayed like this makes me realize I don't really have that much fabric. I mean, it's not like the shelf is packed full...

Garage sale bargains.

Last weekend we went to a garage sale in the neighbourhood. There were soooo many goodies that it would have been easy to get carried away. I satisfied myself with buying a quilt (yeah, I finally found one, and for 50c), a chair that brings special memories for me ($1), a few books for the boys and some free 2 quart Gem jars. Free! How could I resist? Actually I only took one box, thinking that I should leave some for others, the next day the lady phoned me and asked if I wanted all the rest before they took them to the dump. Well, I had to save them from the dump, didn't I? So S went and picked them up and we gave a dozen to our neighbour for her bulk goods and will use the rest for our own bulk stuff and holding nuts and bolts and such.
Here is a picture of the chair. My grandma had one of these (but brown upholstery) that I used to use to stand on to cook at her house and sometimes to sit at the "adult" table for meals. I loved it because I could rest my feet on the steps. It is just right for little ones and I think E will enjoy using it for cooking too. The lady I bought it from (who I found out used to play in the playhouse in our yard when she was little) told me she used to get her hair cut while sitting on it. That seems like a pretty good idea to me as it will get the boys up to a better height for me to cut their hair. This is the quilt, not too fancy but what I really like about it is the fabric used on the back. It will go on its first camping trip with us this weekend, we are heading to the mountains.And a picture of the blueberries which will start disappearing quickly now. They are barely ripe but E can't resist.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007


These were the first cherries off our tree this summer. Maybe not quite as ripe as they could have been, but I'm impatient. The rest I will leave until they are a deeper shade of red, almost black.

Today I went to one of the U-pick places in town for strawberries. Now I think I am quite an organised person - I made soup and bread in the morning because I knew I would be out late, I washed and dried the taekwondo uniforms so that we would be prepared to go straight to a class after youngest son went to a birthday party, I had buckets ready for filling with strawberries. However, two thoughts belatedly hit me this afternoon which could have ruined my plans - first, were they open for picking, and second, did I have enough cash? Thankfully, they were open, and I checked my purse for cash and found about $7 in there. Hmm, at 99 cents a pound, that wasn't going to buy a huge quantity of strawberries. Oh well, I just decided to fill up one bucket, estimating that it might hold about 5 pounds. My guess was about right - the fruit and bucket weighed about 6 pounds, for which I was charged $5.50 to allow for the weight of the bucket. K and I probably wouldn't have had Heather's stamina at picking strawberries anyway - we quickly tired of bending and sweating over those strawberry plants - but we have enjoyed eating some of the strawberries this evening. SO much better than the hard tasteless imports.

Delicious dinner ideas!

This isn't very colourful but it is very yummy! It is our own version of a Greek style dinner.

Spanikopitas, brown rice cooked in a veggie broth, and lemon potatoes are what is pictured but you could also serve pita with tzatziki or hummus and a Greek salad (this meal is actually from the winter so tomatoes and cucumbers at that time are very pricey and not so tasty!)

Another favourite dinner is pizza!! The rest of my family chooses to throw some cheese on theirs but I don't eat dairy anymore and I don't want to use soy or rice cheese. Honestly, I don't miss the cheese at all.

Pizza is great because all you have to do is chop up a bunch of different toppings and let everyone make their own. I use homemade pizza dough (so easy and so cheap!), tomato sauce and a variety of toppings - this one has veggie pepperoni, spinach, olives, red and yellow peppers, zucchini and tomato.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Nanas knitting cereal!

Here's a funny commercial from the UK which, as it features knitting, is of great interest to me! I can't imagine what the yarn is made of - hee hee!

Tea for three.

We like tea parties around here. It used to be that there was never much room for me at the table because all the seats that weren't filled with boys would be filled with stuffed animal friends. These days it is just the three of us- although if E had thought of it he likely would have brought along a teddy. The tea set is a petit point one that was passed on from a great aunt to my grandma to me through my mom. So with my grandma's Scottish oatcake recipe ( a little bit updated), this tea set, our homemade jams and some really bad British accents we had a lovely tea for an early lunch. Do I love that my eleven and seven year old boys still like a good tea party? Too right I do.

Whenever I think about my grandma the first thing that usually comes to mind is a little rhyme she used to tell me in a very pronounced Scottish accent.

Rooond about, rooond about (means round )

goes the wee mooose ( that really means mouse -said as she traced her finger round the palm of my hand)

Up a bit, up a bit

In the wee hooose (means house - as her fingers tiptoed up my arm to tickle my oxter - oxter was her word for armpit)

One more thing, how great is my hubby? I mentioned that I would really like one of these, so he went and found almost all the bits and pieces so that he could build me one out of re-used stuff. I love it! (and him)

Sunday, 24 June 2007

If you go out in the woods today....

We try to get out for at least one walk in the woods most weekends. Here are some pics of yesterday's walk. I love to walk by a creek, the boys (and I) love to look for "gold" in the creek and we all just love to be out. Hubby and I did some plotting and scheming to figure out next weekend's camping plan. We are trying to incorporate the need for biking with the need for peace and quiet and hiking, with some hot springs to relax in and some alpine meadows for photographing. We also want to get the boys used to packing some gear and need to do this slowly so are planning a day hike up into the mountains to get E used to the idea of carrying at least some of his own stuff.

This picture is from last weekend's walk...that bag I am carrying isn't my lunch, it is the garbage that we collected along the way. The boys ask me each time why people would throw their garbage out and I never know exactly how to answer. I want to say that it must be because they are pigs, filthy pigs who have no regard for nature and should not be allowed to use it...but I don't say that. (well, not out loud anyway) I do talk to them about how for someone to have so little respect for nature they must have no respect for themselves, we talk about what that must be like and why someone might be like that, how important we think it is to treat nature with respect, why we should pick up other's garbage, etc. More importantly, we take the time to notice nature in all her beauty by appreciating all the things she shows us such as this Mountain lady slipper pictured below.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Birds and Berries

I had to share the three following pictures with you due to the cute factor. *To see these cuties in a close up, click the photo to enlarge it.*
Late this afternoon I could hear the repeated cries of quail sounding distressed coming from the backyard. Looking out the window we could see what the commotion was all about. A family of quail had been out foraging and the parents had taken their 5 very young chicks down into our now half filled with sand, man made water pond to explore. When the parents left and the chicks tried to follow they couldn't climb the sides to reach ground level. The parents were calling their young ones, but try as they might, the chicks were just too little to make it out. The parents were getting distraught.

We decided to help the babies out before the neighbour's cat came to check things out. Happy to say that all the chicks were reunited with their parents after we scooped them up. Here's a close up of one of the chicks held in my hubby's hands.

Now onto the berry part of this post. I picked some of these fresh off the bushes that grow over the back fence in our yard. Now as tasty as these berries may look, they are not favourites in our household for fresh eating as all other berries are. So, I used them to make some Kamut/Cornmeal and Saskatoon Berry pancakes for supper. Yum!
These berries are a bit nostalgic for me as I spent part of my youth in Saskatchewan where these berries are picked by the bucketful. I spent many an hour doing just that so that we could enjoy the berries baked into pies or made into jam. If you've ever tried these berries you know that they only resemble blueberries in looks. Saskatoon berries or service berries are quite seedy and nowhere near as soft and juicy as a blueberry. As a kid, I loved these berries, probably in part because I never tasted a fresh blueberry until we moved to BC. My boys don't understand how I could want to eat fresh Saskatoons at all - they say these berries are bird feed! (They have a point as all manner of birds can be found feasting on Saskatoons in our backyard presently).

Time to stop and smell the roses

It's so hard for me to choose which flowers are my favourites so it usually just ends up that whatever is currently in bloom is my favourite. Here are some pics of the roses that we are enjoying right now. Anybody else remember that song I Never Promised You a Rose Garden? That's what I was humming this morning as I was weeding up front by these beauties.

After all the reading I have been doing lately about eating locally and seasonally I have been paying more attention to what we are eating, and I am quite pleased to note that we already do eat that way much of the time. This was part of our dinner last night, a spinach and strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing, even the poppy seeds were from our garden and the walnuts from our trees.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Bread and Knitting - two of the staples of life!

I made my usual bread recipe today - a quadruple quantity - and K and S helped me measure and mix. After the initial kneading, I divided it up, giving them a quarter each to shape. My two quarters became the above two loaves of bread....the rest now looks like this....

You could call this environmentally friendly playdough - no plastics offgassing here! This is a selection of bread "rolls" that you will never find at a commercial bakery! There are bagels, a candy cane, a snowman, knots, several unusual and unidentifiable shapes and, the favourite, dog poo! I'm sure they'll taste great.

Here's my finished shawl made from three skeins of James C Brett Marble. I just kept going until it was nearly all used up. Now I'd like to find a shawl pin to go with it, either new or thrifted, and send it to my mum. The next decision will be whether to send it airmail or surface - one week and lots of money, six weeks and a lot less money! She won't need it yet, but I get nervous when the things that I mail are tied up in the system for a long time.

First raspberries and a whole lotta peas

I think it is so funny how the first raspberries ( the first of anything really) are so precious. E just found some ripe raspberries yesterday and we enjoyed them so much. In another month they will likely be dropping on the ground and we will be trying to remember to get out there and pick them so we can make raspberry vinegar and jam.
We have also been enjoying a whole mess of peas, the only way we eat them is standing right in the garden munching away. I don't think I've ever cooked them....they never seem to make it out of the garden.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Strawberry jam.

Here is the first batch of canning this year....strawberry jam. I don't usually make canned strawberry jam, I normally just make a small batch of freezer jam with dried pineapple as the sweetener, it is easy and delicious. However, this year my boys (all three of them) convinced me that they should have canned strawberry jam too. It does make sense, as I have a good size cold room with lots of shelves for preserves and only two freezers, to do as much preserving as possible that doesn't need to be frozen. Thankfully I found Pomona's Pectin a few years ago and can enjoy making regular jam again. This batch used 12 cups of mashed strawberries and only 2 1/4 cup organic cane sugar - I could have used honey, juice concentrate, stevia or other sweeteners with this pectin too - so I feel that this is an acceptable amount of sweetener to me, most jam recipes call for almost the same amount of sugar as fruit. Using Pomona's allows the taste of the ripe, delicious fruit to shine through.
I've only made them 12 jars so they will have to make it last. I find it doesn't make sense to me to make jam out of fruit that we had to go and pick and pay for when we have so much of our own fruit here that I normally make into jam...raspberries, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, grapes, currants, and we glean blackberries from around my folk's place....but the boys want strawberry most especially. Figures. ;-)

I won't tell them that I could have made more if I wasn't saving the rest of the strawberries for my friends and I to have at our movie/chocolate fondue night tonight. We will be watching Miss Potter and anyone who knows me knows that it just isn't movie night with some form of chocolate available - also not movie night without an Alan movie but I suppose that Ewan will do in a pinch ;-)

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

A full day

What a great day! I woke early (actually I was woken by my teenage son who, for some strange reason, dragged his carcass out of bed so he could get on the computer just shows, give them the right motivation and they can do anything)! I made some bread dough and left it to rise while I went out to mow the grass. It was a really good idea to get that job done before the heat peaked - I think it reached 31 degrees today.

I did two loads of laundry and hung them out on my rotary clothes line. It was very peaceful out in the backyard, shaded by my huge walnut tree as I hung out the fresh-smelling clothes. I don't take a peaceful neighbourhood for granted these days. Last year, I had a problem with one of my neighbours. Their 9 year old son was using their backyard, which is right next to ours, as a dirt bike circuit and the noise was driving me crazy. A couple of calls to the appropriate authority resulted in a visit and (touch wood) that annoying habit seems to have stopped. Funny how my family tell me my hearing isn't that good but repetitive noise just gets me irritable or even angry very quickly.

Later that morning, I finished making and baking the bread and also made soup for dinner, as I was going to be out all afternoon and needed to have something prepared in advance. The soup was a recipe I invented and it's rather good - it reminds me of canned Heinz tomato soup that I had as a child - tasty and thick - but without the excess salt etc that they no doubt put in it.

Toss into a pan or pressure cooker:
one large can crushed tomatoes
6 cups vegetable stock
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 chopped carrots
half a cup of red lentils

Cook until the carrots are soft and blend it up so the kids can't see the vegetables and you're done!

I almost forgot to mention that I had a visit from a member of a certain religious organisation this morning and I finally found the assertiveness I needed to say, "No thank you" to their leaflet. (Funny, we were discussing this very thing at our girls night last week.) It occurred to me that by refusing the leaflet, I am reducing the paper that will be going into my recycling bin, which is a good thing!

This afternoon, our homeschool support group met at a friend's mum's house. She lives in a beautiful area of the city and has a backyard pool, and we spent a few happy hours there enjoying the company of our friends. I wish I had photos to show you, but the batteries in my digital camera obviously had so little power that it couldn't even tell me to "Change the Batteries".

After arriving home from that outing and eating our tomato soup and fresh bread and salad, K and I had to go out once again for our Taekwondo class. It was a challenging class, partly because two teens were there who are ready to move up to black belt and the instructor was making us do all our patterns so that he could assess the two boys, followed by some hot and heavy sparring at the end of which we were all dripping!

At the end of the class, the two boys stayed on to complete the requirements for junior black belt, first Dan. They had to answer a number of questions related to the history of Taekwondo, the meanings of patterns, the student/instructor relationship, etc. They had to demonstrate all their kicks and other techniques that they've learned since white belt. And the part we were all looking forward to - the board-breaking.

Only teens and adults, green belt and above, break boards. I have broken one at a time myself with a palm strike, knifehand and various kicks. It gives you an amazing sense of power! These two guys were faced with stacks of two and three boards this evening. One of the kicks was a flying side kick over a line of pads. Whilst I felt some sympathy for the boys doing the kicking, especially when they failed to break the boards and the pain and frustration was obvious, I also felt for the guys who had to hold the boards! More than once, someone's fingers were smushed! I don't know whether those boys passed their test - they won't find out until later - but watching them really motivated me to work hard in the next year so that when I face the same test I will be ready, all of the information in my head and the physical ability to do everything that I need to do.

In the meantime, K and I test next Thursday for our black stripe so it's back to the manual for some studying.

And finally (because it's getting late and this is a really long post) my latest Ecoholic action plan is to make myself some cloth menstrual pads. I have been using a Keeper for years but continued using those thin little pads for heavy days...well, I intend to stop buying them...another little action to cut down on the pollution of the planet!

More Nature

My hubby and I decided to go mtn. biking last evening. We are fortunate to live close enough to be able to bike from our home up into the hills and some lovely bike trails. One of the best things about this time of the year is the abundance of wild flowers that are in bloom. My personal favourites are shown in the following photo. The scent of the wild roses is absolutely intoxicating sweetness. Ahhhhh...

Here is a shot I just managed to catch of a doe. Can you see her hiding? My husband was further ahead on the trail which clings to the side of a steep grade and while he cruised along he startled this creature down the in the valley to run towards the direction we had biked from. She came bounding along and I barely managed to extract my camera from the pack in time. Thankfully, she finally stopped to take a look back at me and I got this photo.
Here's my man as we pause for the homeward descent after a great ride. I never tire of looking out onto Okanagan Lake from the vantage point of the hills. It's just so beautiful.
I'm always so happy when we take the time to get outdoors for a bit of exercise. The beauty of where we live in the world often just takes my breath away.

Enough about the ladybugs, already...

I know I already posted about this but Katherine had mentioned she had never seen ladybugs in their "wrinkly" stage before and I had never seen them right when they have come out of that pupal stage before, so I thought it was interesting enough to show more. ;-) Here is the pic I posted last week when we found them at this stage.
And here is the same pupal case yesterday, but empty now, with a new ladybug underneath the leaf.
When they come out of their pupal case they are light yellow and they look wet and soft. It really is incredible to see. E was so excited as he found each one.

This one has been out for awhile because you can see its shell is orange now, getting more red.
Last night we were looking at the shell-like remainder of the pupal case in E's magnifying kit and he said to me, "It's way more cool to actually see them in real instead of just in a book." I had to agree.
After reading more about the ladybug's metamorphosis we will be watching to see if we can find one going from larvae to pupa stage.

This one is newly emerged and you can see the colour of it well. E found this one and wanted to take a pic of it. Now, let's hope that they get to work again and start eating all the aphids on my roses.


I've recently been after myself about finishing up my works in progress. You see, sometimes when making things, I find myself challenged to the point of not going on until I've had time to think my way out of the difficulty. Such is the case with the two projects I decided to show you here.

First up is a pair of socks I've knitted. I really wanted to post a picture of beautifully finished socks. But. No. It seems that's not the case. So here they are - shown as my recent frustration.

I faced several setbacks with these babies. The biggest, as always, is my lack of knitting experience. Which leads to many beginner mistakes made continually. I want to say here, that I think I should receive some credit for even continuing to attempt any knitting projects due to this handicap ;o) Anyways. I did finally get the socks knitted - after unravelling them to correct the infamous pointy toe mistake, oh and ah, to add to the foot length (yes, there was lots of unravelling, let me tell you). Now after sticking with it to make it through those mistakes I have to face the final step. Grafting the toe. Arrrrgh. I'm gonna say right up front - I like knitting, but I HATE grafting. This hate is directly in proportion to how ugly my finished project looks. All due to the crappy kitchener stitches I seem to make (see above photo). sigh. Now I've read how to make these stitches in the knitting books. I have seen them done online. I have even had kind, dear, sweet Nicola show me how to make these stitches. And yet. Well... Mine still don't turn out worth a hoot. I am not sure why this simple stitch evades my mastery. I am this close to just sticking those socks under the needle of my sewing machine or better yet, serging the suckers! Ha! Let's see them unravel from that!

Seriously, I know I won't be satisfied until I master this stitch. It's challenging me, and frustrating me. So, I'm setting those socks aside once again while I regroup.

Hey, I don't need those wool socks for another few months anyways, right?

Next project to share with you is faring somewhat better at the moment. This is a quilt I designed and am making for my youngest son (blame his taste for the super bright fabrics). I'm turning my efforts back into finishing this project after figuring out how to deal with the challenge I faced with it.

Everything went along fairly smoothly initially in assembling this - right up to the point where I was machine quilting it. I thought I was just kicking butt with my freehand machine quilting ( note the danger when you get too self assured with any kind of handiwork) and it wasn't until I had used a full bobbin of thread that I took the time to fip the quilt over to check thoroughly for problems. *Now unless you think I never check to see how my stitiches are on the underside, well, I actually do - but I missed seeing the tiny wrinkles with this project - the stitches were fine though*.

Okay, you know what I'm going to tell you, right. Uh-huh. There were problems. Lots. The wrinkles I'd quilted into the back were tiny and if there had been only a couple of them, I would've carried on. There wasn't just a couple though. The next course of action involved the seam ripper. Now here's the part I HATE about sewing. Picking my stitches out. I believe this is because I see myself as more of a going forward kind of stitcher. So, I really don't enjoy going backwards, so to speak, which is what you're doing when you have to remove all your stitches. I spent a lot more time picking those stitches out than it took for me to put them there to begin with. That done, I set this project aside until I figured out how to prevent this situation from happening again.

I think I've got the challenge dealt with and now I'm back to being inspired to carry on and finish this quilt. The above photo shows the quilt awaiting my machine quilting. (This made possible only after all that stitch removal, re-ironing the backing and the quilt top separately, and then going through the whole centering and pinning process all for a second time...)

Funny, but it seems like whenever a project frustrates me and then I figure it out - well, that project just inspires me to tackle more projects and um, er, while frustrated on at least one project, I always have something else to work away on. Hmmmm... sounds like I have a project formula here: Inspired=Frustrated+Challenged

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Sew easy!

When I was tidying the garage last week I came across this old pillow case (in our rag bag) and loved the colours. I thought it might be just the thing to try out sewing a pillow case skirt.

Here it is, takes about ten minutes to make. This is my first try, I am thinking that next time I will add some big front pockets for holding assorted gardening odds and ends and I will also use the pillow seam as the back of the skirt so that it can have a slit for more leg room. This is my kind of sewing, all I had to do was to sew a casing for the elastic waist. That's it. The hem of the pillow case became the hem of the skirt.(you getting a good laugh here, K?) Now I will be on the lookout for pillow cases whenever I go thrifting. Hey Katherine and Samantha, did you know we are getting our own Sally Ann on this side of the bridge?

O.K - I went ahead and put the slit in the back by just unpicking the seam a bit and finishing it, it is much more comfy for gardening this way.