Friday, 30 September 2016


This is new to me; always late to the party.  Knit it yourself - so easy when you know about it! And the reason I have found out about it, is finding a gorgeous pattern for a sweet little baby hat with earflaps. Only it is in French.  Hey ho. How difficult can it be?
Not very, is the simple answer.  Once I was into the knitting itself it became quite intuitive - the beauty of having been a knitter for most of my life I suppose.
Anyhow, the photo of the (first) hat is on instagram and was so easily knit up in less than a couple of hours.  Perfect for getting back into the knitting.  My arm still has the shooting pains and I worried about holding the needles.  It was fine.

In a week's time I'm going on another workshop; this time sock knitting. Now I realise it should be a walk in the park for someone who has knitted for so long (see above) but........
I've never knitted with four double pointed needles before. 
To get into the swing of it all - ie to allay fears and think about something else! - I've made a couple of Bento Bags to hold the projects.  One for me and one for my daughter:

And now I'm all ready to go! Maybe I should have a little practice with those pesky needles in the week before?

P xx

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Roses in Autumn

And how lovely is this:

The perfect amount of freshness in the air, yet still so warm and bright.
Pretty much perfect.

P xx

ps  The shingles pain is being managed now so I hope to have a bit more energy to do real blog posts very soon!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Getting it together

The Autumn of Learning New Things continues.....

Looking for papers, scraps and threads.

And then practising with butterflies.

I've booked myself onto a paper love course - happy days!

P xx

Monday, 12 September 2016

Enforced rest

Ah well.  It's such a long time since I was ill, it was fairly obvious it wasn't going to be easy when it did finally come my way! Shingles.  Who knew how painful that could be?!  Anyhoo, lots of rest and sleep and meds.  I can do this.
The crochet blanket which was supposed to have a fabric border, now has a mid grey crochet edging. Still deciding which to go for.

I suppose the beauty of crochet first is that it's so easy to undo. 

P xx

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Planning for Spring

Two deliveries this week - one of tulip bulbs and today's of wallflowers.
Yay for Spring!

P xx

Friday, 9 September 2016

In the workroom

This workroom is feeling good again; a place I want to spend time in again. 
Alongside the sewing there's an awful lot of reading, thinking and shopping of course!
The difference in the light is becoming more than noticeable - darker, sooner.
But that's ok. 

It can all help to see things differently - this corner appeals even though it is cluttered.
The camera helps like that too.

Whereas this part above the laptop is really not doing it for me.  Not too sure that it ever did, but it's about to have a revamp.

And although I love the little dress hanging there, I don't like how it's hanging there if you know what I mean?

I fully intend to get all the little jobs done very early tomorrow so that a day of sewing and playing can happen.  

P xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The Instruction Manual

Who knew!!! The things on your old camera that make taking photographs so much easier. Probably very late to the party, but hey ho.

This one is taken in normal mode.

And this one in normal mode with macro option..

Need to concentrate more I think, on what's out there already.

P xx

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Bento Bags

It's pretty obvious that there's been a whole raft of things happening in the sewing world while I've been....missing in action? Having got myself back in the blogging world (yay!) I've noticed a couple of new things - one, how much better they all are! and two, Bento Bags. Having cleaned, sorted, tidied and thrown out in the sewing room over the past few months it made it very easy to just decide at ten last night to try one for myself.
And I'm already addicted. Not only are they a great way to use beautiful fabrics, but they're just perfect for crochet and sock knitting projects.  What's not to love?

Opened up it's so easy to see right inside the bag,

and tied up they look like knotted handkerchiefs

ready for a Famous Five adventure.
Which pretty much sums up how I feel about life right now.

P xx

And thank you so much to Melissa of Tiny Happy who posted such a brilliant tutorial xx

Friday, 2 September 2016

Back to school

That feeling of starting something new, along with a change in the air, well I just love it.
Not that school is literally starting for me, but I have made plans for this Autumn so it does feel a little like that.  Some of the plans are one off workshops, others slightly longer taking a couple of weeks. 

In preparation for all of this learning I set to last night and started some jobs that have been bugging me for, well for months really. The hours I've sat thinking about sorting through paperwork, organising boxes and tins and trays, but just couldn't push myself to even start it all.

Last night was different; starting with random papers stuffed into a basket, moving on to filing and - even more satisfying - throwing away great piles of it!

Which has meant there is space to bring things together ready for those workshops.

Though I keep noticing more and more things to do - which is great this time around; feels as though I'm ready for all of this. Like the top and bottom pictures really - you start off with pretty pencils needing a good sharpening, and you end up with a photo you love!

P xx