cutting and sticking

Not so much work in progress!

Since I got back to some kind of normal after the whirlwind of the last few weeks I must admit I have only found a little bit of time for crafting. I have been pretty tired recently and find that this often leads to mistakes. I have managed to get a little bit done on my shawl but this particular WIP requires quite a lot of concentration so its definitely a no for when I am tired!

I have also begun work on my next sewing project despite the sewing machine still being boxed up from the move. In fact, I have discovered one thing I pretty much hate about sewing and that’s sticking printed pdf patterns together! Its just so tricky to get it lined up exactly right and I know that if I dont the finished garment just wont come out right because one piece of paper at slightly the wrong angle could make a huge difference to the final size.

cutting and sticking

Hopefully, soon I will have some actual things to show you as I am definietely feeling the need to craft!

H.

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Is there anybody out there…

Wow, what a long time it has been. I will forgive you all if you have all got up and left me all alone in this small corner of the internet as I have been AWOL for almost 3 weeks! What a 3 weeks it has been though so I do hope you will forgive me!

First of all we moved into our new house! It’s great having a house that is all ours, we have so many ideas for decorating and layout but its a little overwhelming to know where to start. We decided to start with the main bedroom so whilst that is underway we are mostly still living out of boxes in the spare room.

2 days after moving house I started my placement so not only did I have a new house I had a new job  aswell. To top this off it is too far away to commute daily so I am lodging nearby in the week and travelling at weekends so after only 2 days it was goodbye new house and hello to a different new house. Only this one is not mine and there are other people living there (but they are lovely so theres no problem there).

One good thing about staying away from home is that the evenings feel a lot longer when there are not all the little things to do hanging over you so in my first week away I managed to get a fair chunk done on my sunburst blanket…more on that to come later. I also came down with a cold – not what you need when your away from home and have just started a new job but I think with all the effort of moving it was bound to happen at some time.

So, in case you thought all of that was enough to have kept me occupied for the last 3 weeks you would be wrong…there’s more! Last week I went to a conference in Spain. It was mostly just work stuff but I did have a bit of spare time to explore the city. The conference was held in Cordoba, a beautiful old city. In fact the old town is a UNESCO world heritage site. IT really is a beautiful place and filled with lots of inspiration. I really loved visiting the Mezquita which was originally a mosque and now houses a catholic cathedral. The contrast between the moorish architecture and the catholic art is really striking.

and I also found some Spanish craft shops…the first was a fairly normal fabric shop but the second seemed to sell everything from buttons, to yarn, to busts of the virgin Mary!

Hopefully the next few weeks will calm down a bit and I will have more time for the relaxing things in my life such as knitting and unpacking my sewing machine!

H.

Lost and Found

Yesterday we got the keys to our new house! It feels so great to have a house that we can do what we want with, we can decorate it as we want, put pictures up on the walls and really make it our own!

I’m sure there will be lots of pictures to come of all the lovely things I create for our new home – probably lots of curtains coming this way soon!!

But for now, I will share with you a small victory of some of the things I found whilst packing up the old flat that I thought I had lost!

Lost and found items in the house move

Welcome back to my embroidery scissors, 2.5mm crochet hook and this beautiful button!

H.