Sometimes life needs to change.

I am not going to make any apology (this time) for having taken so long to post anything new – but I will tell you what has happened here Chez Material Lady.

Immediately after my last post I worked like a crazy lady (no sniggering in the back!) to clear the decks of client work before going on holiday with The Management. We had a fabulous time in the amazingly beautiful medieval walled city of Carcassonne. If you ever get an offer  of a holiday in this part of France take it – Carcassonne looks like medieval Disney. And is the home of cassoulet.

Beautiful Carcassonne

Beautiful Carcassonne

We had a fabulous time…..until I got food poisoning on a day out to Avignon. Big style. After almost a week on fluids and very little solid food I rather foolishly went on a trip to Gozo with some diving friends – I know I probably shouldn’t have done but this had been arranged for ever. The logic was that if I wasn’t well enough to dive then resting in the sunshine would be good for me. I confess that despite still eating very little I did go diving – and wonderful it was too – and very much enjoyed the rest in the sunshine. Lots of rest and back home to start work again.

The lovely bay in Xlendi, Gozo

The lovely bay in Xlendi, Gozo

Or not. My batteries were on empty, and for the first week back almost every time I sat down I went to sleep. Thankfully I had left little client work that needed urgent attention so I was able to just rest, but it did make me consider what I would have done if there had been lots as it has taken weeks to start feeling anywhere near normal again.

I hate to let anyone down, and I always try to ensure that work is completed well within a deadline just in case there should be a problem (I am glad to say that I can’t remember the last time I needed it). I have also been fed up with not having time for my own sewing – it is clear from my lack of progress in the GAM challenge that I am not attaching enough importance to what I would like to make for me. So…I have removed my listing from the site and intend to gradually reduce the amount of work I do for other people. I have loved the 20+ years of professional sewing (so far) and intend to continue – but in a reduced capacity. Hopefully that will give me time to play a bit more.

Larry front

Larry front

Larry back

Larry back

During all the time sitting around doing nothing (pffft!) I have at least finished knitting Larry.This is a pattern that is available free of charge on Ravelry which I saw on ‘Pendle Stitches‘ and I fell in love with it. I know it was shown on Ravelry as a mans garment but I thought I would enjoy wearing it. I knitted it in Rowan Pure wool Aran which is so smooth it feels almost like cotton, but with the warmth of wool. As Evie said it was a wonderfully easy knit (despite the fact that she had some difficulties) and is a great pattern for clattering through whilst watching the telly, or listening to audio books (my new addiction – Overdrive app to access the libraries supply on my new Kindle. Brilliant!).I used the sewn cast/bind  off again around the neck and cuffs (the sleeve stitches are picked up at the armhole edge) and love the finish. I know I don’t look as good as Evies lovely hubby in my Larry but I love it and know I will wear it loads now that it is getting cold here in Bewdley.

I am still working on the pattern for Kenneth D Kings ‘Jeanius’ course on Craftsy but I am about to make a muslin to test the pattern. This has taken so long that I need to make good use of this pattern once it is right.

Don’t work too hard out there!

13 Comments on “Sometimes life needs to change.”

  1. mrsmole says:

    Oh Kim, I do envy your chance to cut back your sewing for others to work on your own garments…one day that may happen to me…fingers crossed! Love the new sweater! Listen to your body, be kind to yourself and enjoy the change of seasons and your Kindle!

  2. Glenda says:

    You take care of yourself!! Good health is so important. My life has changed a lot in the last six months – not planned and quite eventful but with all the potential to be so much better. So enjoy sewing for yourself and taking it a little bit easier.

  3. jay says:

    Sounds like you have made the right lifestyle choice now. Enjoy!

  4. Thank you Jay. The Management has always said that it is better to make the wrong decision than no decision and I am sure I have made a good decision now. I just need to make good use of the time I hope to gain.

  5. sewruth says:

    It’s just lovely to have you back and what a lot of things you’ve learnt about yourself and your life. Hope you’re on the road to full recovery.

  6. So sorry to hear you were unwell but glad to hear you did some goo things too. Big Man and I spent a few days in Carcassonne a few years back – it’s so very, very beautiful!

  7. Carolyn says:

    I’m so sorry you haven’t been well. Your case of food poisoning sounds like an extremely nasty one. Take care of yourself! Our family visited Carcassone years ago and loved it, and the cassoulet too. No food poisoning though, thank goodness!

  8. […] Larry, the wonderfully warm and useful sweater knitted way back in September/October 2014 which recently […]

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