For one, the baby has been sick with a wicked head cold all week long. Under normal circumstances little man is super cute and hilarious and a general snuggly delight. But let us take a moment to note the absence of the word "easygoing" in the aforementioned list of adjectives. And when he isn't feeling well? Sweet Christmas gravy (as my friend Ed would say). Things go from mundane to mayhem with astonishing speed. So there's that.
But the other reason that I haven't been doing quite as much knitting, is because actually, I have been sewing. The perfect storm of pets and resident small people has resulted in the near total destruction of a couple of the slip covers for the cushions on the living room couch. I decided that rather than moping about the sad state of one of the few real pieces of furniture we own, I would remember that things are just things and make some new pillow covers. And that I would do so with cheerful resolve. Or something approximating it.
With our big move on the horizon, I decided that said pillows would need to be made entirely out of fabric already in my stash. Of course, I almost immediately decided that I wanted some other stuff too, so I dug through my friend Sarah's stash as well, and between the scraps that we both had, came out with a pretty good pile to work from. This first pillow is actually kind a huge mess. I am the world's laziest quilter, so the pieces are pretty wonky and a lot of the seams don't quite line up. And it turns out that this doesn't bother me all that much. One of my roomates will probably just eat it anyway.
I decided early on in the whole process to ditch the idea of piping and zippers. Something about those features is making the official couch pillows of particular culinary interest to the puppy, and I think it is best to just eliminate temptation. Also, the lazy thing again. This second pillow cover is a little less haphazard than the first, being an actual semblance of a log cabin quilt square. I'm hoping to finish it this evening and bring our sum total of couch pillows back to regular numbers.
In all, I think I'm reasonably happy with how the whole project is going, even if it is taking me a lot more time than I expected. And I seem to have won Mariam's approval, despite her initial declarations that something was kind of off about the whole thing. She appears to have come up with some kind of idea that real grown-ups don't generally rebuild their home decor from scraps of stuff they find in a basket under the desk.
But she is in the other room using fluorescent colored duct tape to resecure her solar system mobile to the ceiling above her bed, so she has no interior design credibility as far as I'm concerned.
Yarning along with Ginny today (well, in spirit at least).