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I Have a New Addiction

So, at the local market, there is a very sweet, very beautiful older lady (which I have to say is rare in Moldova… women here just don’t have gobs of money to spend on anti-aging stuff like women in America) who has a booth full of used aprons imported from Germany.  I stop every time I pass by and chat with her while I look through the piles of beautiful vintage patterns and designs.

Here’s the thing, for a long time I thought that the full aprons were 50 lei (which is currently $4.32), and had only bought one.  It was a justified purchase because I am a messy cook and didn’t want to get the one I made dirty because it’s more for cuteness than for work.

It's a little wrinkled from being in the drawer.

It wasn’t until today when I offered her 40 lei for another one that I figured out that they are actually 15 lei ($1.30) for a full apron and only 10 lei ($0.86) for a half apron!  Wow!  (In my defense, 15 and 50 sound very similar in Romanian, just like they do in English.)  So of course I bought two.  Another full apron for cooking:

Seriously... look at that gorgeous pattern and piping!

And a half apron for cleaning.  It’s hard to tell in a picture, but this one has two pleats under the waist band on each hip, which gives it nice shape, and it has two huge, deep pockets on the front.  Perfect for toting random things from room to room while I clean:

Half apron

A great half-apron for cleaning.

And, because I know it’s hard to see in the above picture, I took a close-up picture of the red apron to show you what REALLY sold me on this one:

Sailboats and windmills! How am I supposed to resist that??

Oh my… now that I know they are so cheap, I don’t think I’m going to be able to stop myself!

 

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Ottobre Wool Soaker

I (somewhat) recently finished a striped wool soaker made using the Ottobre pattern.  I am not a big fan of the fit, it is too big and baggy around the hips.  But maybe it is supposed to be bigger than should fit J right now…  I dunno.  The legs holes fit him well, but that could just be because I DESPISE having to pick up stitches to add that part, and I’m not very good at it.  Maybe if I had made the legs and waist bigger (I did an elastic waist instead of drawstring)… Either way, I’ll probably never make this pattern again and stick with the flowerpot tots one, which I love.

Anyway… it is striped and cute and works great, so I am not complaining too much.  Here is a picture of my little man hanging out in it:

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