Saturday, 1 April 2017
There were some highs and lows at my sewing machine this week: first, I made with great care a dress to wear for my daughter's wedding, and I love it - the fabric is a linen mix which hangs beautifully, I adjusted the pattern so the waist is in the right place, studiously pressed all my seams as I went along and did a couple of final alterations to get it just right. My primary school sewing teacher (Mrs Diaz - no shortcuts under her beady eye!) would be proud of me I think.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Prompted today by a dear friend who said "are you going to carry on with your blog now that you really have something to write about?" (I'm hoping she didn't mean that I didn't have anything worth writing about before...), here I am marvelling at how 4 months can fly by and life change so much in such a short time. To summarise: I turned 60 in November, retired from office life, and moved to Canada. After a flurry of unpacking and our first ever childless Christmas (quiet and a bit strange, but helped by lovely friends on this side of the ocean) I quickly settled into my new and very relaxed routine, spending some considerable time wandering around with a vacant grin on my face, revelling in my good fortune - but also cooked, stripped paint and dug what felt like several tons of snow. My new crafty corner is up and running, fabric (soooo much fabric) stashed away, and I've even managed a spot of knitting for Daughter No. 2: my first ever pair of gloves, first ever anything with 4 double pointed needles, first ever fair-isle type pattern. I am hooked - quite a revelation to me that gloves, even fancy patterned ones, are so much quicker to complete than jumpers - who knew?! Even better, as they don't use much yarn, I treated myself to some really nice wool. I think this is definitely my kind of knitting - next up is a pair of socks and another pair of gloves, both for me. Somewhere, I have a whole book of pretty sock patterns. And then there's that fabric stash... 2017 is gonna be a craft-fest around here. Lots of visitors booked in for Nova Scotian holidays, 2 acres of land to whip into shape and our lovely house to beautify - very happy days ahead!