Sunday, 16 August 2009

B-day present make-over

Here's the thing!

My birthday was on 11th July. Ok, my 30th birthday was on 11th July, thank you very much for asking! :D And my friend Coey, whom I've been exchanging letters with lately, decided to squeeze a lovely hand-knit present into one of her envelopes and surprise me. She sent me a cool cotton dishcloth in lovely summer colours with a hand-made greeting card attached and the dishcloth pattern written on the back of it! It arrived two days after my birthday! All the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia! How 'bout that?!

I really loved it!

But there was a small problem!!! Just a few days before , I realised that my family was A BIT too lazy and so I firmly decided to give up on doing dishes for them! (I'm not sure if they even realised that it was me who had been doing it all the time; they never saw me doing dishes- they're usually on the beach; they never heard me complaining- the water is often too loud; they don't even know what happens to the dishes once they're done eating from them but they do know that they're always clean and shiny when they're hungry so- maybe it happens naturally?!?! ). And just to "seal" my promise, I took a whole set of newly bough kitchen cloths in lovely pastel colours and decided to turn them into even lovelier beach bags! For me! (:Cheeky grin!:)

And then I got the dishcloth! And what does one do in a such situation? Personally, I thought that turning it into a motley pouch would be the best solution. When I saw it folded inside the envelope, I even thought it was a pouch. A person with kitchen cloth beach bags (absolutely) needs a dishcloth beach pouch- it doesn't get any more simple than that!

But first, I had to ask Coey for her opinion! And she told me that I should BY ALL MEANS turn it into a pouch and spend this summer swimming and sunbathing instead of washing dishes (my friend Coey is SO smart!).

And so I did! I know, I know; modifying a hand-made b-day present is rude- and I apologise! I will never do it again! :)

First, I went to a thrift shop and picked a few light summer shawls. Then I found a piece of lovely orange pure cotton fabric in one of my quilting leftovers basket and decided I didn't really need all the shawls from the thrift shop :D; I bought a zipper and a piece of cotton tape, picked a button.....attached the sides of the dishcloth together with a piece of white cotton yarn....

And, voilĂ !!!!! it's a beach pouch!!!!!!!
Thanks Coey (Nichole) for a lovely B-day present and for suggesting that I should stop doing dishes! :)))) It took me only an hour to finish it! It took my family about three days to find out that the dishes cannot clean themselves! :D

I really love it!
P.S. Oh, and BTW (and after seeing the pictures again)- in case anyone dares to ask what the blue "thing" in the last picture is- it's a DEODORANT!!!!!!! :D

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Summer knitting

I'm here! Hope you haven't missed me because it would mean that you've spent this whole July and a good part June staring at your monitors! Have you???? It's summer, peoples- go outside, 't'aint that hot - if you're lukcy, you'll survive and maybe you won't even get a stroke! (dark humour!!!!!!!!!)

As for knitting.....I've been knitting...a little! But I have been knitting and that's what matters! For those who don't believe me, I'm posting a proof; a picture of me knitting taken by my dear friend Zox. (I've always wanted a realistic portrait!)

As you can see- there are two black sheep and a cat in thise drawing! And one left sleeve in progress! :D

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