Stash Enhancement and a Single Perfect Rose
I'm so behind in posting things I've bought this year, I'm not even going to try to post these in order.
I picked up a set of eight 18-inch interlocking kids' play mats complete with black edge pieces at a garage sale for 25 cents. The knit-blocking mats from KnitPicks are a set of nine 12-inch mats for 20 dollars. Score!
On top of them are four pairs of knitting needles, two of those cro-hook needles, and two odd needles, price one dollar.
The octopus is guarding my haul from Kathy Kirchner's trunk show back in May. Five more balls of Valdani crochet thread, one each of DMC, Opera, and Omega threads, and two of the Sew-Mate tatting shuttles, one purple and one green.
We went to an estate sale a while back and I looked all over the house and didn't find a thing. Then I went out in the garage and didn't really find anything out there, either. But then I noticed some tins sitting on an ironing board - yes, out in the garage.Score! A tin with a little box of tatting thread nestled in the middle of about twenty balls of perle cotton.
This I didn't pay for. I discovered it growing a ways off our walking path.
If you want perfect rosebuds that smell of damp cement, you can buy those at any florist. But if you want old-fashioned rose scent, these beat the florist roses by a mile.
(Why, yes, I have been reading Luca Turin's The Secret of Scent. Gotta love a book about scent with a cover that's a take-off on the Chanel No. 5 box, that starts out on the first page with a footnote about descriptions of Nice, contains lyrical descriptions of perfume scents, that sends me all over the library with references to organic chemistry, crystallography, and how to assemble a simple polarograph in a weekend, and that contains great lines like "Part of the problem here is that soap powder is, this side of a blowtorch, one of the harshest environments to put fragrance in." from the section "Why 'chemical' does not always mean bad".)