Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Gratuitous picture of the inside too! See that stranding? I am very proud of it!
There was a spot of chart-dyslexia last night so I had to rip back seven rows today, but I have almost recovered. Finish tomorrow? Maybe!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
FL says he is feeling better, but his cough developed overnight, so I have insisted he sees the local GP today. I am NOT having another run-in with pneumonia, thank you very much!
It doesn't help that he pulled the front door handle off (!), so now we can't keep the door shut against the wind. I had to scramble over a barricade of wellies last night when I got home. Sigh! If he wasn't so independant (stubborn) we would call a locksmith like anyone else... but he wants to find someone at the pub to repair it if he can't do it himself. I left him today with plans to remove the lock from one of the pile of ex-hotel doors which he has stacked up outside the garage (don't ask) and fit it to our front door. I suppose it keeps him busy, but sometimes his over-optimistic inventiveness can be frustrating!
I have brought my cold to work. I am supposed to have two flu vaccinations on Saturday (swine and seasonal) and am not looking forward to it.
However.... I am having a great time knitting Kate's tam. The colours of yarn I was sent don't contrast as much as the ones on the pattern itself, so mine is an altogether-more-subtle rendition of the design. I am being very careful to strand my colours evenly across the back in a regular pattern and I think the extra care is paying off. I would show you, but there is no daylight to be found up here at the moment. Wait for the weekend, when I might get it finished!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I am a test-knitter for Kate's "Fugue" pattern - oooh!
The yarn is delicious Bowmont Braf and Old Maiden Aunt (Lilith) has dyed it in these wonderful almost-solid shades of blue: "Moody" and "Dreich".
Did I say ooooh?!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
And about my birthday:
Thank you so so much for all your birthday wishes and haircut appreciation! I am feeling SO pleased with myself for taking the plunge and going for the chop. Mind you, I will have to re-learn how to use a hairdrier and buy some "products" - eek!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Impressive self-portraits, huh?!
The postie was kind to me too! Roo sent me a fab personalised card and ooh! ooh! a lime green Herdy mug and notebook! They will be going to work with me on Monday to brighten up my desk.
The kids gave me some fancy mint tea, purple mascara (to match my hair?) and a pocket hairbrush - now that I will have to gasp brush my hair!
And FL gave me some £s to spend on new clothes - woo hoo!
Happy birthday to me! Middle age crisis? MOI?!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Two long-simmering projects have finally been started.
First up, some patchwork cushions for the front room. I have a Moda "Snippets" charm pack and am attempting to squeeze two cushion covers out of it.
It will be close! I somehow forgot that the more seams you introduce, the less area of fabric you produce - duh!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
But I'm told it is warm and soft.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My sewing momentum has fizzled out again, probably because I still haven't worn my new indigo and lime skirt. Why? It doesn't go with anything else I own. It WILL go with my Central Park Hoodie... but I haven't finished it yet!
So it was actually a relief to be seized by a new obsession. This apron dress appears in a Japanese pattern book which I do not own and do not intend to buy... yet.
Why do I like it so much? I think it is the combination of the denim* (it would have to be organic of course) with big pockets and the layered look. A large part of the attraction is the row of giant buttons peeking through the gap at the back, topped by a big bow. Then at the front, there is that super-flat Peter Pan collar over a wide boat neck.
She ought to be standing on a stool in a draughty Victorian orphanage. Or scrubbing the floor with a hard-bristle brush and carbolic soap. Or standing in her art studio, pondering a lump of wet clay.
It is a garment that speaks to me of utility and hard work, but also of creativity. And I want one! I don't think the under-dress is included in the pattern book, hence my hesitation to buy it. I have been tripped up that way before! I am hoping I can draft my own version of the"Tablier" using other Japanese patterns. The under-dress? Hmmm. Not so sure.
*ETA: The original is made of linen. The fabric can be bought from LinenBird in Japan via an online shop called Envelope. And I think that the same shop sells the apron ready-made, but I may be wrong. My Japanese is non-existent. But I will content myself with the book. Sigh. I need to buy the book now! Even though the under-dress is definitely NOT in there.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
And then another miracle occurred. FL came home, and after a second's pause said: "What I don't understand is why you still haven't got curtains for this room...?"
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
So here's a random seashore picture of FL from our holiday in north west Sutherland.