I have a cardigan for a long time, well since we moved to this house 4 years ago and I picked it up at a jumble sale a month or so after moving and finding out just how cold our new house could be. Its one of those cardigans you can put on over everything and be warmer, or wear as a temporary jacket…..its not that I like it loads, its just so useful. I also had not noticed it had a hole in one elbow and it way too late by the time I went to fix it, and I pretty much made a mess of it, so the next plan was elbow patches. I couldn’t figure a patch I liked (yes I did have that dilemma!) but when I saw some crochet ones on pinterest, I liked the overall quirks, so made some. I would have liked them with more pinks and finer yarn and but went with the yarn ends I had. There is something so appealing to me these days about the obvious handmade…. to the point I value it so much more (ironic considering my chunky stitches). Some months ago, a friend commented on my jeans – ie why were there big cross stitches on the arse of my jeans….. I had to explain that they were sashiko mending, the new-old way to darn (I was trying to be succinct)…..and went on to the point that I was nearly selling the idea that my badly done example was the way to do it (oops)…… I have a strange vanity about hand-stitching, no matter how badly its done, I see it like drawing….its all my work!
Other than that – I seem to have made it my mission to catch all the colds and top it off with a flu (at which point I finally went to the doctor who tells me – oh flu….cant give you anything for that) so I was lying low beyond going to work etc. I had planned to embroider cushions as presents (didn’t but did made some more tea-towels….its a polish saying and I think apt for when things are out of your control) as well as a cute collar for a friend (will be making more of these), as well as a dress (chose awful fabric for this, navy wool gaberdine – what was I thinking so now it looks like a verger, and it looks worse on, but I have planned to remake something from it in time). My sewing plans for January consist of finishing the projects started in November, as well as a make a few patterns I really really want to try and have been on a wish list for a while.
I also got a whim for the sales and did some browsing. I don’t have a strict no-buy-new policy, it just ends up that I have not bought new for the last few years as inevitably I am put off buying anything in the shops as its either badly made, awful fabric, or doesn’t fit, …and I also was trying on styles I love, but styles that don’t suit me….. Ultimately I always feel the better after this experience, as I count the money as saved by not buying and congratulating myself on making clothes I like and fit me better than the store-bought. Although subconsciously I must have had the intent to buy something, as I did get these trousers in the charity shop, and they are divine wool, fitted well, and are lined beautifully, and a swanky ‘label’ …..they only needed to be taken up, and a small ‘sway back’ adjustment, and I steamed them. I always end up somehow wondering about the former owner of these clothes (is that creepy?) And as they had such little (maybe none) wear, were they a sale buy? did the long legs of these fit this person? wouldn’t it be so convenient if my legs were 2 inches longer and I didn’t have to take them up etc….. and I couldn’t bring myself to cut them, so I hemmed by turning up again as some part of me thinks that in some years when I donate back to the shop, a long legged person will get them and need to take them down….
I did manage to do my christmas card as usual – although one friend was quick witted enough to compare to the Aldi 4 bird roast! And obviously I meant to post this one sooner on the blog………..but I was fixing a cardigan! I am off to Dublin for my ‘second’ christmas with my fab sis, (working in retail seems to overtake the actual day as it just becomes one day off – so my focus is always on the days after which I enjoy so much more), and I am thinking I may call to the lovely Murphy Sheehy Fabrics as the vogue coat needs 3 metres of fabric and has a bias sleeve….
Happy New Year!