So.... next week is half-term... the kids will be home, Mr M will be away and the school year is almost over...how did that happen? Didn't I just put away the Christmas decorations? (almost true. There's a roll of wrapping paper behind my door). I still have some Easter chocolate (true) and I'm still wearing woolly jumpers (true!! blasted weather).
And now they're telling me the summer holidays are just around the corner.
I'm not buying it.
I have so many things to tell you I don't know where to start.
- Let's enjoy these tulips I found in a tucked away corner of the park first.
- I finished two items of clothing, a crochet shawl (awaiting blocking) and a mini quilt. Yes, I know my windows needs cleaning, but my kids are fed and are wearing clean clothes so that's ok, right?
- I read "Il Postino" by Antonio Skarmeta. Really cute story. Can you believe I've never seen the movie?
- No 1 has been abducted by aliens and replaced with another 12yr old who showers everyday without being reminded, does his homework as soon as he comes through the door and has been known to volunteer to clear the table after dinner. It's kind of scary. (And I know it won't last, he'll be returned to me very soon).
- But first things first.
The cap-sleeved top from Simple Modern Sewing.
It promised to be a quick project and buoyed by my success with the Tova pattern I was full of good expectations.... only it turned out to be slightly more work than I thought. Thank you Ali for responding with such patience to my many frantic text messages!
I started off with on wrong foot when I traced the wrong pattern. Doh. Far too long in the body it was. Attempt no 2 was slightly better but still too long in the body:
I felt frumpy in it.
I even tried to disguise the problem with my magic cardigan (it makes everything better, it does!) but still.... meh!
So back I went upstairs and chopped another two inches from the top part and added some Liberty bias binding to the high waist to give it some visual umph.
What could have taken a day ... dragged on for dayS instead and I almost binned the whole lot a few times. The book has lovely ideas but it's very economical with directions. "Now make sleeves" is just an example, and if I hadn't 'learnt the ropes' with my Tovas I would have been well and truly up **** creek.
I haven't even been able to wear the thing as the weather here has u-turned to winter mode... so I can't comment on the wearability factor. Stay tuned.