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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has something special planned for the day, and has a lovely time, no matter the weather!

The pillow was finished a fortnight ago, cobbled together from leftover strips of 2 cotton panels, plus an addition.

The pillow size I’d wanted to make needed more yardage than just the 2 beige strips. I remembered some red cotton I’d bought, and snitched a few inches off an end. Stuffed with leftovers from an already partly remade pillow, it’s turned out beautifully!

Middle fabric used to be a dress.

Almost complete are some face masks made from a new-to-me pattern I’d seen on Marcy Harriell’s YouTube channel. She used double-sided fabric so I had to pay attention to which side went where in mine. (In a later video she clears up any confusion.)

Also completed was the bottom section of a dress I hadn’t worn the past couple of summers. It’s now a simple elasticated-waist skirt, being laundered so no photo. But if you look carefully at the masks, you’ll see the green tropical print face mask I cut from the leftover dress bodice. Waste not–want not! 😉

Lest you think I’ve forgotten a Valentine’s card for you, I’ve a treat instead.

Follow this link over to the New York Public Library’s online digital collection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards and scroll down til you see the small blue “View as book” link in the center of the page. Click there and the collection will enlarge and you can scroll through the collection.

❤️ I couldn’t decide which one’s my favourite, so I’ve sent them all! ❤️

Tell me which one – or ones – you like❣️

Happy Valentine’s Day❣️

time

If this first fortnight of the new year is a taste of what the rest of the year will bring, there’ll be a lot o’ reading going on!

I skimmed through The Last Flight (Julie Clark) for various reasons. Chiefly, I guess, because there wasn’t enough detail or description to hold my attention for very long. I didn’t want to wait to find out what the author did with what she’d conjured up. A lot was predictable.

Much more engrossing was Kate Morton’s The Lake House. It struck me as almost a fairy tale for adults, although sometimes her plot solutions left me feeling, “Hmm. What a coincidence.” And it was long. As in 500 pages long!

Facts + fiction? Susan Elia MacNeal’s Mr. Churchill’s Secretary appears to be based on a lot of historical data, and made for a pleasant read, with a few characters using double identities, as good spies should. Am wondering about checking out another in the series. Has anybody read any of the sequels? (Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, His Majesty’s Hope, etc.)?

Somewhere I squiggled a quick recount of last year’s reading, and discovered magazines outnumbered books 2-to-one! The books averaged about one per week. Having the library app has greatly increased my reading because it’s so much easier and safer than trundling to the library.

LB Pullover

I also had time to get a bit of sewing done, and am now enjoying another LB Pullover, this one in gold polar fleece. Snuggley soft, I’m trying to convince myself my stash’s brown fleece needs to become pants – and who cares if they’re bulky. They’d be comfy, warmer, & more flexible that the cords I’ve been wearing.

What I forgot to show in the photo are the wrists. I stopped the sleeve seams 2″ from the end so the sleeves fold up into cuffs. My previous versions used other adaptations to avoid wet washing up sleeves. This might be the best solution yet.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ All for now, Lovelies! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Macro Monday

Hope everyone has had a lovely Holiday this year. Mine has been quiet and relaxing, even if the weather is increasingly warm , with mid-70’s by Wednesday.

Ouch! I’d just cut out a fourth LB Pullover from some of Vogue Fabric’s luscious gold no-pill polar fleece, and somehow can’t bring myself to sew it up. Can’t imagine why. 🙄

Maybe I should cut out another, lighter weight knit and leave off the lower sleeve, which would make a short-sleeve version. Maybe that’d be wearable until the humidity kicks in. Hmmm. What lighter weight knits do I have in stash . . . . .

Have you ever seen…

… a little Christmas turtle? I’ve had this little 3-inch ornament for ages, bought at a pottery collective up in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. In this photo it’s sitting on a scrap of that gold fleece. Hinting?

Have a happy last Monday in 2021!

My King’s tradition ~

One of my long-standing holiday treats is listening to the annual Christmas Eve afternoon carol service from King’s College, Cambridge (U.K.).

As the U.K. is 5 hours across the pond from us & ahead in time, their 3 P.M. start time is 10 A.M. here on the U.S. East Coast, and a bleary-eyed 7 A.M. for West Coasters. But sleep in, peeps, as BBC generally leaves this up for a month.

For me, it sets the mood for the remainder of my 2-day celebration. The opening carol, Once In Royal David’s City, never fails to move me. And I get to enjoy the wonderful diction & musicality everyone brings to the service, in addition to hearing traditional Biblical selections as read by that year’s choir, college, and city officials.

From their web site ~

“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 1pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.”

Online at BBC 4 here.

Edited: Now available for replay here.

The programme for the Order of Service is here. (Scroll down.)