At 0 dark thirty tomorrow the kids and I are heading to the airport (hubby's is coming from Europe) and then off to Michigan for 10 days of in-law and 4th of July nuttiness. Fireworks will be accompanied by the Detroit symphony orchestra at Greenfield Village, the most amazing sandwich will be had at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, there will be BBQ, swimming, a trip to the zoo with grandma and grandpa, 2 days at Cedarpark in Ohio, and an 80th birthday party. Our visits are always a bit frantic trying to squeeze everything and everyone in but It's great to see everyone and I especially love seeing my kids play with all their cousins. Family is so important and even though they live so far away I want my kids to know it's worth the effort to have a close relationship so at least once a year we make the effort. This will be my first long (4 1/2 hours) flight with just me and the kids. Wish me luck.
I won't be doing any blogging while I'm gone and I still have packing to do but here's a couple of quick pics of what I've been working on.
Close up you can see it a little better and of course you can see the huge mistake(bottom left). It's really bugging me but I didn't notice it for a long time and I really don't want to start all over plus I'm not even sure what happened so I guess it says. This is my first big lace project machine or otherwise so it's really just a learning experience. I hope someday I can look back at that mistake and think about how far I've come.
This bag was an experiment to see if I could make a cute functional bag without having to spend hours on seaming and sewing (like the last one). I think it was a success. The bag was constructed with one big rectangle of knitting (It's Patons merino in Rosewood) with the two sides crocheted together. After felting it in the washing machine I tucked the corners in on the bottom and put an appropriate size tupperware inside and let it dry. All I had to do was add the handles and put a piece of plastic canvas in the bottom. The whole project took less then two hours. I love it when a plan comes together. Boy did I date myself with that quote and so did you if you know what it's from.
Have a great 4th of July!