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Another Apron for the Collection

Another Apron for the Collection

Putting the waistband/ties on the Mary Apron didn’t take long at all:

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Now I have another apron to add to the collection. I tend to prefer full-body aprons over half aprons, but half aprons are useful, too. I really like the streamlined look of this one. It’s very modern, for all that it was a vintage pattern.

Elysian got copies of the 2019 NW Montana Fair Books for all of us in the neighborhood. I am considering entering something this year. If I get my act together and get that Ritzville quilt bound, I could enter that one (providing there is a category for joint projects, because my friend Pat did the hand quilting). Any knitted items I entered would have to be entered under the Professional category. I am certainly not a professional quilter. I might be skirting that designation in sewing, though, having sold two dozen canvas grocery bags.

In any case, if I do enter an apron, you can be sure that it will be properly starched and pressed. Margaret will appreciate that.

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The ground squirrel has gotten a free pass this week because I’ve been too busy for target practice. That is going to change, however. I went to get lettuce for a salad for dinner and found this:

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I said we had plenty of lettuce, but that doesn’t mean I want to share. And this ground squirrel is selectively targeting the nicest heads. Chomp chomp chomp. Its days are numbered. I have lots of weeding to do this weekend and I’ll have plenty of opportunities to clear out the offenders. So far, the cowpea seedlings remain unmolested and look good. We’ve gotten the rain; a few weeks of some nice warm weather and everything should start zooming along.

One of my friends told me that she read somewhere that either George Washington or Thomas Jefferson used to keep lettuce seeds in his pocket and would sprinkle a few in the lettuce patch every time he went out to the garden. In that way, an ongoing supply of lettuce was assured. I added two packets of seeds to the new perpetual lettuce bed yesterday. Perhaps I can keep it going through the summer.

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I’ve already made good headway on the website upgrade. Squarespace’s conversion tools for upgrading a SS5 website to a SS7 website are better than they were when SS7 first came out. All of the content from the Big Sky Knitting Designs current website transferred over. I need to do some format tweaking and figure out how e-commerce integrates with SS7, but at least I don’t have to re-build the whole site from scratch.

I’ve also decided to take down the old Suck It Up, Buttercup blog. I’ve downloaded all the posts as one gigantic file. I can download the pictures, too, but I really have no good way to connect them to each blog post. Oh well. I’ll have them and I’ll put everything on a backup drive in case I ever need it. The old blog is not getting any traffic and I see no point in continuing to pay for it to exist.

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That broody Black Australorp finally abandoned the nest she had been sitting on. I checked the eggs, none of which was viable, and threw them into the compost. Yesterday, though, I noticed that she has now parked herself in the nesting box just to the right of the one she had been in (I am pretty sure it’s the same hen). I guess we are going to try again.

Progress on the Shop Roof

Progress on the Shop Roof

The Apron Class That Almost Wasn't

The Apron Class That Almost Wasn't