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sleepy saturday

Hello,  Lovely Readers!

Interesting week here on the Eastern Coast ~ sunshiney until yesterday. Hope all flooding had time to recede, because it rained again.

Got out some curtains from 2 living rooms ago, after visiting & being inspired by a neighbour. They’re a tad long . . . actually, more like 20 inches. The yardage is light-weight, so a tension rod will hold them up. Decided to give them a try because of the less-than-gorgeous sight out the windows. They’re south-facing, so there’s lots of light.

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Have about finished my cream ski cap, using a very old pattern from the 1970’s, and hope to get going on a sample of Ali’s (Thimberlina) latest crochet project, the Octopus Scarf.

Hope you all have lovely things planned for your weekend!

vintage sunshine !

at the moment…

Am feeling chuffed to bits because I finally got both my shawls washed last week, and just finished weaving in the last of the loose threads.

Yeah! Ready to wear, and I’ve got the black ‘n gold on right now.

I’m also luxuriating in the empty floor, where all that cardboard used to reside. Even a week after the last trip to recycling, it’s still wonderfully novel. Don’t want to fill it with anything, now that the sewing machine is there.

Part of the WordPress Photo Challenge.


Blackberries on sale last weekend . . .

Fan tucks (darts). Use as a decorative feature on the outside or inside of the garment. Mark where tucks are to be and run them by hand or machine.”  The Simplicity Sewing Book for Beginners and Experts, 1945; page 33.   (from my personal library)

Witness to Fashion blog ~ This post (see last 4 pics) really inspired me to give neckline darts (al.k.a. fan tucks, above) a try soon, maybe with embroidery thread. . .

She also has a great post about reality vs. fashion illustrations’ illusions. See how models disguised wide hips, and learn design details to draw the eye away from problem areas. Suggestions I can certainly use.  😍

Time for a catch-up . . . click any piccie to go into slide show & comment areas


fresh & springy updates

after about a metre, here’s how the latest crochet is turning out – interesting, and very unplanned colour pattern, don’cha think!


Had more than double this amount knitted, but lost interest for several years, so ripped it all away and started fresh. Am pleased with  this version, and pick it up weekly to do a bit. What could be more springy than yellow & purple!

orange renfrew tee

After another look at the fit I decided the shoulder area was all wrong, and needed to be cut smaller. Unpicked all of it, and carefully measured each piece to see where to re-cut.

Thought I had plenty of leftover fabric to recut if needed. I didn’t. Uh-oh. So there it’s sat, waiting. For what I had no idea until …

A-HA! The Curvy Sewing Collective posted how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment, which I’d decided I needed to do on the renfrew. Now I’m thinking it might be my problem with necklines in general (remember last summer’s neckline fixes?).

However, decided to take a look at ikat’s post on drafting sleeves, and am very glad I did. She explains so much & I found it fascinating. Now to decide how to fix me own difficulties.

Meanwhile, here’s another glimpse of what means Spring to me – the annual availability of these in local shops. This year’s bunches are from England – first time I’d seen that. Jolly good, old Blighty!


Part of the weekly photo challenge & Ailsa’s travel theme.

bell, book, and ca… crochet

Spent last night finishing a little blue rayon scarf, and beginning, again, a silk/wool yarn I’d unraveled from a shawl I’d (not) been knitting for several years, while watching Bell, Book, and Candle with Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novac, and a slew of colourful characters, including that ever-delightful cat whose name I cannot spell. Is it Py, Pi…

I digress. But that’s similar to my day thus far. Do any of you ever have the same feeling?

An extra day off isn’t going to be wasted by playing in a (very cold) snow drift! A glance to be certain the electricity’s still working, then up and cooking brunch whilst planning what else to cook.

Two large potatoes are sitting out to be microwaved (now done and cooling), and only two small apples left from my pile of apples & oranges. But ~ there are packets of dried apricots and prunes. What about stewing them briefly in the microwave, with some ginger!

Apricots also now cooling. Will await a taste before doing any prunes. (Later~ Decided to add more water and ginger, and cook again for more thick juice. Even later – still not enough ginger.)

You see? Lots of little things to do, such as washing up dishes, and putting a small load of clothes in the washer. All needing 2-to-3 minutes attention, but nothing to be continually watched. Am I the only one that does this

Phew! Sitting again, in front of the computer, able to type a bit, and enjoy a rock cake with a fresh cuppa. Last week’s batch turned out quite differently from the previous, quite solid batch.

After re-reading directions on how to make self-rising flour from all purpose flour, I realized I needed to include some leavening, but wrote Tablespoons instead of teaspoons. Realized the error after the batch was baked, but they’re still quite edible. Seems there’s a surprise each time I mix up this recipe, but they continue to tste excellent, and so I’ll continue trying to get that recipe right.

Am now thinking I should put up the dosh to purchase a scale to weigh ingredients. Then I wouldn’t have to tie up brain power with conversions, and could simply bake.

Bake. That reminds me of my new favourite weekend import. (Thank you, BBC, for refusing to allow anyone to mess with your already-proven recipe. Now please do the same with your sewing programme so I can  stop feeling guilty whilst watching youtube copies.)

There’s the clothes ready for the dryer, so I’m off again. Hope you’re comfy, everyone!

have a bickie & a cuppa!
have a bickie & a cuppa!

holiday packages

Received, amongst yesterday’s mail, this lovely package of fabric from Jess, of Jessthetics.

Love her packaging and using a stamp to decorate the tissue. She’s so creative with packaging and recycling!

Remember this post? Jess had written that she loved the fabric I wasn’t keen about, so we swapped!

Am thinking the knit she sent might do for one of the Style Arc sweater patterns… My new-to-me fabric has 1-way stretch, and is heavier than the sample fabric Style Arc attaches – so helpful for them to do that!

Laura jacket


Fiona top


Will cogitate a bit more, and crochet some more ickle hearts.

Love crochet for a good thinking through something else.

Anybody else?