New Year plans

I have spent the past few days lounging on  the sofa – but not in a good way.  I followed the fantastically swollen mouth (due to the abscess) with an equally annoying cough and cold. It has meant that I have not been able to sleep so anyone checking their comments and thinking the time of my comments was wrong – no, I really was online at stupid o’clock.

The benefit of not being able to do anything noisy through the night for fear of disturbing The Management is that I have finished the back of the cardigan I am knitting. I always like knitting in winter. I am making ‘Harriet’ from Kim Hargreaves ‘Quirky’ book which hadn’t been going too well but is accelerating away now. The yarn is an all wool Rowan Felted tweed in a colour I think was called Avocado. It very nearly matches my sofa.

Kim Hargreaves 'Harriet'

Kim Hargreaves ‘Harriet’

As I have been so tired I have barely been keeping up with the sewing I have been obliged to do for clients so I haven’t started any more sewing for myself. However, after looking at my output last year and comparing it to the wardrobes produced by some of the bloggers I follow I am determined to make more – but only things I am pretty sure will fit into my now meager wardrobe (after my October clear out!) and more importantly life style. In common with an awful lot of people I seem to like sewing for the life I would like to have rather than the one I do. Boo hoo. I also want to do things that although they will fit my needs will also challenge me a bit.

The collar with two distinct expressions

The collar with two distinct expressions

Step up Pattern Magic 1 , the collar with two distinct expressions. You might remember I attended Morley College late last year to attend their Pattern Magic course. I came back all enthused, determined to make something I could actually wear, and then life took over. Well, I now have the Bunka block drawn out in my own unique (!) size rather than the standard ‘person in miniature’ sizes provided in the book so all I have to do is complete the pattern and start sewing. Easy! I am slightly ashamed to say that I have been stroking and admiring the garments in this book since December 2010. Definitely time to make something.

Victorian underwear pattern and DVD!

Victorian underwear pattern and DVD!

I must also take the opportunity to thank Anne from Tulle and Tweed who sent me the wonderful Laughing Moon Ladies Victorian Underwear pattern and DVD. I feel so lucky! If you haven’t been to Anne’s blog go and look now. You wont fail to be impressed I’m sure. Whilst the patterns as pictured are not likely to be needed very often I am quite certain that elements from this will be very useful. Thanks again Anne!

Oh yes, the pirate shirts. Only one person stuck their neck out and declared which shirt she thought Molly had made – and she was right! Good guess Sheila C. It was probably a bit unfair of me to have even put the question out there as I was both surprised and delighted at how well a sewing machine with so few ‘bells and whistles’ compared with my computerised machine. I think the whole exercise showed me how little we really need to turn out really good garments. Much better than the mass produced cheap clothing so many people have to cope with. Aren’t we lucky we can sew.

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7 Comments on “New Year plans”

  1. Hope you´re son on the mend – don´t put yourself under too much pressure 😦

  2. mrsmole says:

    Yes, we are very lucky to be able to sew and make custom clothes with great seams and finishes and good strong buttonholes that don’t ravel away. When I saw the title of the last post I assumed, in my wild fantasy, that the shirts would be from real pirates…all loosey goosey sleeves and open neck shirts billowing in the breeze from a trade wind.
    I too have the pattern magic books..the first two and they live on my book shelf…just for day dreaming…like cookbooks really…imagining clothes made from your stash, imagine ohhs and ahhs from admiring friends when you wear them out to the next event. Sorry to hear about the tooth and cough and cold…Lordie, you sure can multi task! Hope the quietness and calmness of the knitting will bring you some relief, poor you!!! What a way to start 2013…but you can only go up from here.

  3. Thank you ladies. I have been feeling sorry for myself but have decided that it is time to start making gentle progress on things I want to do. Hopefully I will feel much better after my (very long) appointment with the dentist on Friday.

  4. Carolyn says:

    I’m so sorry you have been unwell, and tired, but I wish you a healthy and enjoyable 2013 ahead 🙂 I love the avocado yarn!

  5. Angela says:

    Hope your feeling better! I love the double collar from pattern magic, can’t wait to see it!

    • Thanks Angela, I am still working on the pattern. It hadn’t occurred to me that I didn’t make the sleeve block at college and it has taken a bit of working out!
      I may have to do a blog piece on that alone if it has worked:)

  6. […] have also been knitting – and that Kim Hargreaves sweater is almost finished now. I think that will probably get a bit more attention to get it to the finish […]


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