For the past few years at the beginning of January I made new placemats for everybody in the family.
We have lots of placemats now. We don't need anymore. Really.
I felt a bit sad about breaking the tradition so instead of placemats this year I made a new patchwork table runner. Call it a sideway step.
The sentiment is the same... something new for us, for our home, in this bright new year.
The boys are out with their grandad, Mr M and I are alone in the house and it feels a little bit strange, a little bit wrong. It's too quiet... it's too... different... and yet the new year reminds us that time is indeed passing and that these moment 'without them' will become more and more frequent and that we must learn to enjoy the time of noise and a full house as much as right now we're savouring the peace and quiet.
I'm going to turn on my sewing machine people...in the middle of the afternoon!!
- Woke up to sunny skies, hang the clothes outside to dry, rain, brought the clothes in, sunny. Typical.
There's somebody upstairs sanding and re-painting the windows. They're all open and the house is a fridge.
- Talking about fridges... mine doesn't drain (who knew fridges had drains?) so somebody is coming tomorrow to fix it. More money down the drain, literally.
- No 3 started karate yesterday. So cute. For now.
- If anybody has seen No 2's shin pads can they please tell me where they are? Can't find them. My fault apparently.
- Oh and I lost my new 9mm circular needles, the short ones. I need them to knit the Cullen cowl in Quince and Co Puffin yarn. C'mon, own up, who's taken it????
- My farmer's daughter never-ending quilt is slowly growing.
(don't look too close. The quality of some of those blocks is just shocking... but I find it impossible to use the templates and get accurate results - yes, I do change it to 100% etc. etc. - so I've taken to do them with foundation piecing method whenever possible. or simply doing a little math. I don't think I'll make ALL the blocks either... but we'll see)
- what an awful photo. I apologise. It'll never happen again.
- It looks much better than this.
- Mr M and I are popping into Stockholm in a few week's time... any suggestions for cool shops/art galleries/things to do?
Day two of the holiday, approx. 2hrs after writing my last post (where I said things were going ok?...), No 3 started running at full speed... looking backwards... the exact moment he turned towards the direction of travel... his head collided with the wall. The edge of course.
I heard the noise from downstairs. Then silence. Then screaming.
Then two hours at the hospital.
The cut was quite deep but remarkably it didn't bleed much at all and they didn't stitch it but glued it.
I'm sure he thinks he's quite the dude at the moment.
On a much happier note my mug rug got to its destination:
front and back
Hope you're all well... I know must go and remove No 3 from the trampoline!
A few years ago my cousin, who used to work in the fashion industry, would occasionally score some sample fabrics and pass them on to me. I never complained. It would have been rude to do so.
The best of the lot by far was an excellent pile of shirting material; the moment it arrived I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it... of course it took me a couple of years to actually do it, but that's a story for another day. Perhaps I need therapy. Who knows.
The quilt is made of simple 6" squares with flashes of solids here and there. (48" by 48', enough for a little almost 6yrs old).
And a bright red binding.
The very thin wadding combined with the smoothness of the fabric makes this quilt so light and soft that it's a real pleasure to use.
I'd like to take full credit for this design but I must own up to the fact that I remember seeing a similar number a few years back and haven't been able to forget it. I can't say who/where/why/how, and if anybody knows I'd like to give credit where credit it's due... It was so long ago I can't even say how similar or how different this is.
In the meantime, No 3 is very happy with it and that, after all, is what counts.
So we get to the last day of school and instead of being a day of joy and celebration my kids are furious with me because I didn't take them to the lido.
Furious. No 1 is staging a hunger strike. No 2 is giving me the silence treatment (if only he knew what a treat that actually is!!)
In my defense can I say it's 15C (59F) outside and raining. Hard. The rain does stop every ten minutes or so but then it starts again and my idea of fun is NOT freezing my butt off under an umbrella in July watching my kids getting pneumonia whilst swimming in a non-heated outdoor pool. Apparently I'm alone in thinking this.
Call me spoil-sport, I can take it.
On a better note my two weeks intensive UFO elimination programme has had good results: still to show you are No 3's sofa quilt, a new camera strap and a 'mug rug' swap. As soon as the weather improves and there's enough light to take decent pictures I'll show you all.
My Farmer's wife quilt is going great too. Only 87 blocks to go. (That sounds awfully depressing, doesn't it?)
I'm also half-way in a linen crochet 'scarfette' for wanting of a better word on a day I feel positively brain dead. (Do you ever wake up in the morning without having the faintest idea of what day of the week it is? That's me today)
What I can show you however is my latest pattern design in issue 31 of SEW HIP magazine (in the shops now)
That's mine that is.
NOT the baby (cute though), you doughnuts!
Although it's been so long since I was commissioned it that the gestational period would have been the same. I could have provided them with quilt AND prop!
Also in the same issue is a block I had designed for their mistery quilt but for some reason they didn't attributed to me... doh. (Not very happy about it)
I better go and see if I can make peace with my offsprings now... otherwise this could turn out to be a looooong summer indeed.