Friday, August 28, 2015

Colors and Completion

We have found someone to paint our boat and we have picked the colors!  They will make her look beautiful.  She will be mainly a creamy color with azure blue accents (to go with the a fore mentioned blue cratch and cockpit covers) with a grayish/brownish/greenish trim and roof color.  They will put the name on the bow and restore the outside cratch support to its beautiful teak color (it is now painted!!!)  It will look sooooo nice.   Yeah for the Emma John.

I have also finished my extra long shrug, including working in all the loose ends from color changes (a job I HATE).  It is by no means perfect but since it is for me I do not demand or expect perfection.  I am happy because it will be warm and cuddly and that appeals to me.  I made it two strand to make it warmer.  But, it allowed me to use up a lot of balls of different color yarns that I had gotten very cheaply and turn them into something useful.  If nothing else, it will be good with my jeans and jean skirts.

However, I did discover that sweaters purchased on the used market are cheaper than ones I can make using  thrift store yarn.  The sweater cost me £9 or $13.50 and I could have purchased a sweater from the thrift store for about a third of that.  BUT: it would not have been handmade; I would not have had the satisfaction of doing the making; I would not have gained the confidence to make such things myself if needed in the future.  I may not have won financially, but the other considerations make this a win in my book.


  1. Hi Sandy,

    You did have a win with the sweater. Your money was spent on many evenings of relaxation and enjoyment as well as a shrug. You could have spent the same money going to a movie for a couple of hours and had nothing to show for it. I say well done!

    As for the quote, "Do what you can with what you've got where you are." It's one I live by during hard times Sandy. It reminds me of when God asked Moses, "What do you have in your hand?"

    Visiting from Harvest Lane Cottage and praying for God's blessing on your life,

    1. Thanks for the perspective. You are right. I crochet to relax and usually give what I make as a gift so it is a win-win.

      Do love that quote and love your blog. Look forward to it daily.