In Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ Esther goes to see her doctor, who asks what seems to be the matter. She replies “I can’t sleep. I can’t read.” Well I know I’m in a bad episode of depression because I can’t knit.
The lovely bright turquoise yarn that I was yearning for all summer was finally bought to make a scarf. I started with a lacey leaf pattern and on the third attempt at casting the correct number of stitches I knitted an inch or so before getting totally distracted and lost. I ripped it all out and tried a simpler chevron pattern. I misread the ridiculously simple instructions and redid the first three rows twice before knitting away. I hadn’t even got to the first 10 rows before I realised I had miscounted and had some wobbly bits instead of pointy zigzags. It is currently unravelled (for the sixth or seventh time) and is awaiting a day when I have more brain power.
A little bird may have told you that it is someone’s birthday at the end of the month, and by pure coincidence here is a selection of things I have had my eye on lately.
- Cake Hummingbird Pattern (skirt as seen in real life on SewLittleTime)
- Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat Pattern
- Colette Hawthorn Shirt-dress Pattern
- Cute Birdhouse Sewing Box
- Wooden Cantilever Sewing Box
- Birdie Embroidery Kit
- By Hand London Victoria Blazer Pattern (as sewn by everyone! I tried on SewDixieLou’s version and the style was great, not sure I’ll make mine tropical)
- Free & Easy Stitch Style (or similar free machine embroidery book)
- Storyland Cross Stitch
- Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques
What exciting crafty goodies have you got your eye on at the moment?
I got some lovely crafty gifts for Christmas, however I have been blind sighted by my blanket since (only 2 border rows to go, so hopefully will be finished before the weekend is over) and have neglected to show you all what I received.
The big thing I asked for (and I mean big, it was a mission carrying it on the train home) was a rotary cutter and cutting mat. I have had a bit of a play with it and my accuracy is improving, but I need to practice how much pressure I need to use before I try cutting anything important.
Another large parcel under the tree was two big balls of soft chunky turquoise-blue-purple variegated yarn. I have no idea what I will use it for, but luckily I got some lovely books to provide inspiration.
The first book, Knitalong, was from a colleague who, when giving it to me, worried what she might be responsible for! Half of the book is a history of knitting, the other half is a collection of knitting patterns and it all comes with a whole lot of inspiration for social knitalongs. The second book I opened is Knitivity – instructions to knit all the characters in a Nativity scene complete with the story and props to make the scenery. Very cute characters, and the basic dolls could be dressed up in other costumes. Plus, I do love a good cheesy pun! The last book I received was The Liberty Book of Home Sewing. Most of my sewing is dress-making so it will be nice to branch out and make some pretty things for my little flat.
Finally, I bought myself a little sewing related gift in the sales – it is a spool to hold my earphones! Practical and pretty 🙂 Tomorrow I will tell you my new year craft goals and how I plan to make the most of these lovely presents in the new year…
On my way home I picked up a copy of the free Stylist magazine, with free etsy gift guide. Exciting enough, but the cover design is a perfect little cross-stitch chart. Tiny reindeer head stitched on a card or gift tag perhaps…
My sewing time has been taking up with making a costume for Dress as a Book Character Day at school to mark the end of Reading Week. I’ll have pictures of the final costume tomorrow, but lets just say I am currently trying to attach orange acetate eyes to my glasses and will have purple prickles all over my back… Continue reading