Yay!!!!!!!….my sewing machine and I seem to have made friends again

….well, I knew the time would come…and come it did.  You see I have been feeling a bit more ‘me’ again this past week…and that meant my sewing urges returned.  Boy oh boy did I miss those sewing urges.  I tried, I really did…I kept going to my various fabric stashes…I kept having a good old root and a rummage…I kept picking out bundles of those fabrics that made me oh so slightly squeal with delight when I saw them all together….but that’s as far as it went.  I would leave those collections of bundles out upon the dining table for a while, a very short while,,,,then I would sigh and put them all away again.

…..but I did not force the issue…I knew that I wasn’t right, I knew that forcing the issue would only make me worse….that it would make me oh so frustrated.  So I just let it be….instead I chose simple, and sometimes not so simple hooky projects.  I just let myself be soothed by the gentle rhythm of that hook…I just went with the flow….and all ended well

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…..I began with a Granny Cardi for myself

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…and then made a couple of dinky versions

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….I spent quite a bit of time in our Maude working on this blanket….it was supposed to be a simple, let your mind just float, healing large Granny Square kind of a blanket…but I got somewhat sidetracked by a design by Sue Pinner….but still it was a joy to make.  The centre, colourful part is her design, and I just made up from the white bit onwards.  I love this blanket, which now lives in our Maude…..but I wanted to come up with my own design, using the same colours….so…..

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….I came up with this…which of course is a WIP….

…it was put aside for this….

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……it was supposed to be my project that I worked on pre and post op….but I got a bit carried away with it…so I decided to leave it a bit dinksy …I put a pretty edge on it and popped it in my shop as a baby blanket.  I have now started another…with a few extra colours…that I will work on as and when I feel the urge.  I love these big old Granny projects…they let the mind just drift….and I have been using a gorgeous, wonderfully soft yarn to make them….Caron Simply Soft Aran..oooh, and the colours are just so spot on.

….anyway…sewing!!!!!!!

a while ago I had ordered some fabrics from ebay….they are gorgeous, vibrant, big old blousey prints…not what I normally work with…but I just couldn’t resist them…..oooh, and they arrived with that gorgeous smell that Indian cottons have.  I kept looking…and pondering….and looking…..and then my idea came to me……

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…..I hooked up a top band….added some of the scrummy fabric….and added a hooky trim….and one lovely, floaty summery top was created

…..but of course…whilst making the top my mind couldn’t help but wander…..and this happened….

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……I’d best add…that the top and bottom are just pinned together in the photo on the washing line..

…..and then my patchwork urges called…..my inspiration for my next project came from my living room window sill and the table in front of it

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oh my, oh my….how I fell head over in heels with love with this….I just get such a thrill from the whole process of choosing the fabrics, cutting them out and placing them in order

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….I just love to add black to colour…..it oh so makes the colours pop

….and then the putting it all together

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this was my first attempt….but it has just one too many rows of patchwork and it looked all wrong proportion wise when the hooky top was placed against it….but that matters not….I added a lovely trim to the top instead

……and made another bottom

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….and all is now well within my sewing world…..

ooooh…whilst on positive notes…….

when you get up at 4.30 for a wee…and you find your cat has brought in yet another shrew….and this one is very much alive…..and you spend 20 mins trying to catch it…..and afterwards you just cant get back to sleep…..well then you just get up,,,hear the glorious dawn chorus.,,get to see the sun rising on the aged apple tree…and you get to write a blog…..now that’s pretty cool I’d say

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…right…must trot as yet more hospital visits on the agenda today, thank you for stopping by

Alfie xx

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