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I recently got new contacts - this time, I tried multifocal lenses, because I had such a hard time seeing anything close up with my previous prescription. While I can see/read better, it's not perfect (honestly, glasses are the best, vision-wise, but I really like the freedom that contacts bring); my doctor said that I probably should pick up a pair of reading glasses. Now, I could at least read price tags on clothing with the new lenses, which was a huge improvement from the last year, but I was planning on getting some readers - I just hadn't done so yet. However, last week I was shopping for some new capri pants and after many try-ons, and working the coupon deals that JC Penney offered, I bought a couple of pairs - one in black and one in denim. Came home and took them out of the bag, only to discover that I'd bought the denim capris in size 18. You know, I even checked the size tags in the dressing room because I'd brought several different sizes in with me, but I know I didn't pick any in size 18 because that's not anywhere near my size range (with pants it can vary so much that I usually bring in several different sizes). So yeah. Apparently I can't read as well as I thought. And now I own these:
One for at home, and one for in the purse.
You might have noticed some ads in my sidebar this week - I'm trying it out to see if I can make any money from this...I've not been too keen on using ads where I am not in charge of exactly what shows up, so this may not last. We'll see - this has been a dumb year when it comes to money, so any extra income is welcome at this point.
Speaking of money, here's something for (mostly) free - Thorlo, maker of my beloved Experia socks, is offering a free pair of socks (while they last) - you do have to pay S&H, but hey, considering their socks usually run around $14.00, this is a deal. Click here if you're interested.
Sit and SEW update: I'm still knitting, but this week I bought some fabric to sew some throw pillows for the guest bed at Sam's place. I was going with a bit of a nautical theme, and envision making some sort of sailboat applique/quilt-ish block pillow - I bought some fabric and then went on Pinterest for ideas...yeah, probably should have done that first. I ended up going back to the quilt store the next day to supplement my original purchase:
Let's play I Spy - do you see potential for a boat hull, ocean, sky, sun, and sails? I think I do!
I also found a free download for an anchor pattern, so I bought some cotton duck fabric in red, and I'll layer that on the blue and white striped fabric:
Not sure what I'll do with the gray zigzag, but I think it will make a nice third pillow somehow. These three fabrics are all heavier than the ones in the top picture.
So, in my head, the pillows are looking great. How that will translate to reality is anyone's guess. But I'm excited to play and get a little creative - hopefully I'll get something decent out of this.
Later on this morning, I have a date with my friend Stephanie and her top-loading washing machine to turn these floppy things into bowls:
Both of these were knitted on the same size needles; I was running out of yarn for the second bowl so I cast on fewer stitches and reduced the size. Might end up with a really tiny bowl - the washing machine will reveal all!
And these floppy things into flower petal-shaped bowls:
The purple/orange one was knitted on size 10 needles while the brown/blue one was on size 11 - the size 10s were killing my hands, which is why I sized up for the other bowl.
Have a great weekend!