So for the past seven weeks I’ve been waiting for October/November to arrive. For a while now I’ve been needing some time off. I’m one of these people that take there holidays in odd days throughout the year, as I need a day off rather than using a chunk of time. We’ve worked so hard this year at work especially this summer with barely any time off, with a lot of stress and earache so I threw caution to the wind and booked a full 6 days from work. I’ve worked here 4 and a half years now and I’ve only ever booked a week off around the Christmas holidays.
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Anyway I’m super excited, I’d like to say I don’t have much planned but actually I do have plenty. My parents kindly arranged a small break away with us, so I get to spend some good quality days on a family holiday, something I’ve not really done for a good ten years and I’m very much looking forward to that.

The rest of my break I intend on some rest and actually do some knitting of my own. I’ve had a lack of inspiration of the summer and a definite need to hold up on the knit front. However now the seasons are drawing in and the pressure at work is easing I want to start creating again my mind is buzzing with projects to start that I’ve found online and in my new Pompom Quarterly magazine. So I’ll be mostly held up in the warmth with my cat and boyfriend eating everything in sight, knitting and listening to pod casts. Sounds good doesn’t it?

There’s also the celebration of Halloween and Bonfire night which who doesn’t love all that. We don’t really get Trick or Treater’s but it’s still a good excuse as any to fill our home with sweets and cookies. Then with bonfire night there’s the toffee apples, hotdogs or pie and peas. It’s like pre fattening for Christmas or exercising the stomach so it gives into the turkey and stuffing more easily. Wondering off topic there a bit, food just gets my brain working into over drive.

Just before Bonfire night is our two year anniversary together but to celebrate this year Will has kindly booked us a few days away at Staithes a fishing town above Whitby. I can’t wait it’s such a sweet thing to do and we’ve never stayed away together unless it’s at a friend or family home. Even better is the fact the place we are staying at has a cat there named Shirley. I’m a big cat lover so this maybe me happy, however I believe it made my cat slightly jealous. He’ll be fine about it when I return home smelling of lady kitty. I won’t be able to shoo him away.

Essentially I have a full and entertaining month and I wanted to share it all with you, I’m hoping this month will help me feel better than I have and learn to relax once more. Do you have any exciting plans in October/November? Please do share x

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I love little quirky posts that are more about showing or sharing interests with others, it feels rewarding to think I may boarden someone elses tastes.

1. I’ve purchased my first ever copy of PomPomQuarterly independent knitting magazine. Initial reaction:- It’s perfect. A wonderful selection of patterns with a few bits of crochet and embriodery so a little mix of other crafts. A couple of articles and beautiful photography. If you are a Ravelry user Pompom comes with a Redeemable code so you can grab a digital copy too. That’s all either it comes quickly and so perfectly wrapped in tissue paper with a caring hand written thank you. So sweet. Then when you think you’ve Ooooed and Aaaaahhhed enough you’ll find they have a fun and quirky podcast. I only wish there was more episodes.

2. I’m wanting to start a small sock project and I’ve been on the search for socks yarns. When on facebook I randomly came across this little Etsy shop ‘Hand Dyed by Kate’ her shop has a small range of rainbow skeins in semi solid and a few varigated yarns. So far my favourite shades are ‘Damson, Pumpkin and Red Apple‘. Strangely enough are all quite autumnal shades, It’s looking down a packet of starbursts. “Which one do I choose?” When I figure out I plan to start the adorable ankle ‘Picot Socks by Lydia Gluck‘. I’m in a massive need of a home project.

3. Pukka Peppermint and Liquorice Tea Omg! I never believed I’d find a love for herbal fancy teas and to be frank I found peppermint tea an acceptable one and hated Camomile with a vengeance but this is just a beautiful blend and give your mouth the WOW factor. I literally think I’ve found my favourite fancy tea.

4. I think a lot of people out there have already read and reviewed this book. Well I’m still reading it ‘The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt’ I know I’m behind on my reading but this book is fantastic so far and I advice you pick yourself up a copy and sit back in a quiet room with a cup of fancy tea and turn those pages.

5. Have you ever seen ‘Joy the Baker’ blog?! No, well if not don’t just check out her recipes but if your like me and love a podcast whilst your knitting or working away in something listen too ‘Joy the Baker and Shutterbean’ podcast it’s great fun, chatty, girly and discussing a lot of random topics it’s basically listening to two best friends having a great and loving connection. These girls are great and always make me smile.

Do you have any favourites if so do share? you might show meto something great I’ve been missing! x

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I’ve been doing a bit of Sewing Bee research this week to see when the future 3rd series is aired on television.
Ever since the end of series 2 I’ve been missing the every week viewing of sewing techniques and that creative element we don’t usually get to see on our TV screens.
Anyway more to the point, IT’S BACK!!
Just for three days they are viewing a celebrity special for charity, each day will host a different selection of celebrities that will give there hand at some sewing challenges. Just a little bit thrilled I get to see something inbetween the seasons to keep me going.

So tune into BBC 2 next week on the 21st, 23rd and 24th and don’t miss out.

Hello again my fellow readers, I hope your all well and happy to see me around with a new post again, it sure has been a while. I don’t like being gone but I also like to post with interest. So I’m relaxing and I have packet of Frazzles (Bacon Crisps) at hand and a coffee by my side so here we go….

First sewing project

Who’d have thought after months of procrastinating over whether too sew or not to sew, I’ve finally persuaded myself to just go a head and give a go.

So anyway after receiving some old vintage patterns as a parcelled gift through the post from relatives and now having many years experience in knitwear, I decided now was the time to stop wimping out. What’s the worst that can happen, right?

I could easily recall how to thread up my machine and knew some sewing essentials from school but I did a bit of research to refresh my memory on certain sewing topics and found Tilly and the Buttons really helpful. If your new to sewing check out her site anyway it’s lovely and I really enjoy following her blog.

Before starting my first sewing project I looked over the instructions again and again. Attempting to make full sense of them before I started the actual making process. It’s better to start with a step by step idea of what to do next, I even made bullet pointed notes on a separate piece of paper so I could refer too more quickly.

First sewing project

The garment I chose was a 1980’s Style 3828, I figured with this being my first garment to just buy some remnant fabric. I didn’t want to buy something overly beautiful and get upset if the outcome wasn’t what I was expecting and ruined it. Now most people wouldn’t make things harder for themselves but I found two different fabrics that worked well together in my local fabric shops remnant box so guess what!!…..

I bought both which meant I then had to adapt  my sewing pattern slightly, I know you’re all thinking now recipe for disaster. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that either. More to come on this later though.

Once getting fabric and other supplies I’d read up to always wash your fabric. Fabrics can shrink slightly when washed so your garment will essentially be cut out at the right size and won’t shrink any more when future washing. However you decide not too and then wash your sewing project to find out it’s fitting slightly too small you’d be hugely disappointed.

As I’d been working from old patterns that had been folded about twenty times previously I’d recommend a quick and light iron of the pieces to flatten them out so they’ll be more accurate for fabric cutting, whilst its out I’d also give your fabric the once over. I don’t like ruining old patterns either with pins so I re drew them up so the original still stays in good condition. Always have your iron out when sewing it’s also an essential part you need to press pieces as you go and it makes a neater job.

Sewing

I like to do things properly and so with it being a long while I threaded up my machine firstly and set up a tension and gave a cut off piece a run through the machine practicing my stitching and speed. Whilst doing this I also changed the tension a few occasions to find the correct one.

The key thing with most crafts is practice and so don’t forget to have a bit before launching into a full scale project. Next time I’ll be telling you how I went on with my Style pattern and what I learnt along the way.

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Hyde Park

It’s not that I’ve not been wanting to post but some times the body is in need of a break and with stress of work I’d rather rest than make myself unwell with unnecessary pressures. With it being one of the busiest part of the year for us at work I’ve been stressed so much it’s even been putting me off my knitting sitting doing knitting related things in the office and then coming home to see more knitting also taking work home where ever possible. I haven’t even been able to face picking up my needles and I’ve felt little inspiration when looking through magazines instead I’ve turned to reading. Nothing seems to be filling my creative and focussed mind though like a good bit of yarn and stitching.

In the much needed busy season and needing a holiday before I start to pull my hair out  I managed to get away for a trip to our favourite summer car festival and catch up with those friends we only get to see usually once a year when we all travel from all sides of the country. So even though the busiest times are still ahead I feel quite happy to have had some escapism where I couldn’t be reached camping in a field, chatting, laughing and eating with such great people. Due to this good feeling I decided to do a little post to say I was still hear and hadn’t left you all behind. Some times life just calls for a much needed time away so you can come back bright and breezy!

So whilst arriving home I am planning some future posts one including my first sewing project, what I’ve been reading and a post on a few vintage sewing pieces I’ve gathered on my walk-a-bouts.
Hopefully soon that knitty feeling will come back… X


This tote resembles exactly how I’ve felt this past week and ‘Happy’
I love this tote I think the fact it has a touch of colour rather than the plain cotton or canvas just makes my day and what girl doesn’t love a good fluffy cloud or two.

This tote comes from ‘SecretGardenTwo‘ where all the lovely gifts are handmade and print with beautiful photography. Her photography is just beautiful with an added feeling of nostalgia. All these bags are available in three sizes  13×13, 16×16 and 18×18″ it’s nice to have a variety and over at secret gardens they have that with plenty of great images and little slogans.

Go over there and make yourself a bit happier!

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Given the old girl a clean up!

I’m finally attempting a new craft! One I haven’t tried out since I was a young en’ at school in technology classes. I’ve had a sewing machine for a good four years now and was really happy when I got it as a present but I’ve been a bad crafter and I’ve let it collect dust. I have a love of vintage clothing and I read a good few sewing blogs and read in admiration when I see the beautiful wears these ladies make on a daily basis. I’ve always feared spending all that money on beautiful fabric and find I make a mess of it. However practice makes perfect right?!?

So putting that into perspective I rummaged through the remnants of fabric at one of our local stores and picked up a good couple of sized pieces. I found some plain white poly cotton and some nice flowered vintage looking fabric that had a white background so they went perfectly together.

They are a good combination for a learner as it’s not too complicated that I have to think of joining the pattern but it will give my plain tee a bit of interest and excitement.

I’m also not going into my first pattern and keeping it standard. That’s right I’m working on a Vintage 1982 Style pattern 3828 bat wing or standard tee with turn back cuffs, being daring I’m adapting it slightly by making the body under the armhole in the flowery fabric and using the white poly cotton for the above armhole. The only question I’m slightly needing answering is the fact that the white poly cotton is slightly thin and so when doing my neckline I have to turn fabric to the inside and you would be able to see it from the outside when wearing. What to do? If you have any ideas It would be super grateful the thought had crossed my mind to double up the fabric but that just adds to more questions for me.

Either way I’m looking forward to learning a new craft and finding a joy in something new that I think I’ll be able to execute well.

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