Prior to making that, I made a trial garment in cotton jersey. I just didn't have time to blog about it.
This is the pattern, for those of you who already have seen the black and white top, and don't want to look at it again.
It is a lovely simple top to make. For this variation I used a cotton interlock, a very stable knit. I cut size S but I really should cut a little large for this type of knit - it doesn't have quite the stretch factor recommended by the pattern. On the other hand, the fabric was easy to sew, and I didn't have any problems with needles, skipping stitches or any of the other delights that seem to happen with knits.
I made the hem deeper - 2 inches instead of 1 inch, because I rather like that look, and also because I needed to make the top shorter. I also used a little cuff at the wrists instead of a hem, because I liked the look of it - it sort of adds a slight sporty touch.
*****Now for the personal bit - don't worry, it isn't that personal just the news that I will be back in the Blogosphere soon.
Why - because I can't do it all.
Some of you know that I was going to start a Fourth Year in a Psychology degree this year. I did, but I also had a lot on my work plate.
And I like to do things properly. And I like to manage my deadlines well. And I was not going to be able to do anything well. I don't mean perfection, but just competence, mastery and enjoyment of the task at hand.
Anne was right - I had to deprioritise something. So I am going to drop an activity for the time being and restructure a few things. The story so far:
When I did the first part of the degree (3 years) I was supporting my husband in a fairly traditional way. This worked - he is a very busy General Physician (if you are in the USA, and Internist, specialist in internal medicine). It does mean he needs total support, because his work is very demanding. Also, you have to be aware that the profession is not good at work/life balance, especially in the old school training he had. So I factor that in, and make sure I am available to listen and so on. And tried to make myself adaptable with my interests so we could do things together when we could organise it.
Then he had a bout of ill health. His number one staff member of 15 years decided this was time to leave. ( remember years ago working for a Doctor - I was a Registered Nurse once upon a long time ago - and he became ill - and my response was, don't worry, I'll look after things that are needed - like cancelling patients and so on). The the other lady who had been there 18 years decided it was a good time to leave as well. So he was in a pickle. He thought he could do the book work and as he is nearer retirement than he was, he would get the typing done by a transcription service, and have a part time receptionist. I said how are you going to find time to do the bookwork, surely it is not that hard, I'll do it.
Silly me. Things had changed a lot. The BAS. Yuk. A huge accounting program to learn. Zero knowledge.
And also lots of accounts to do from hospitals. A huge backlog. I took one look - and volunteered. Silly me. Still, I do like to get order in things, and I do like to eat :)
Then there is the general management - I seem to be doing that too.
So I have sort of become, as someone recently commented, the backbone.
Then there is the scanning project...
And the account backlog from the recent move and the tidying up of the old premises.
Then the getting new stationary, yellow pages etc etc.
What I have found is that I actually can't work for John, run the house entirely, and study as well. So I made the difficult decision on Tuesday, after speaking to the academic advisor, to withdraw for now.
My husband was upset, but can see quite clearly, as can I, that I only had time for the bookkeeping and that we need to get a system in place so I can just manage things and do the bookkeeping. The the practice can support me, instead of me supporting it. He always says I contribute my bit and more.
So it looks as though this year I am going to get a system going for the accounts, the filing problems, and the big scanning project. For those of you that don't know what that is, we have to keep records, and we have a lot - a small room full, that all have to go onto digital storage before retirement, otherwise you have to keep a storage facility somewhere - and nothing can be disposed of until death, and after probate. So I think the problem needs to be sorted out now, not when I am 90. My husband is always amused at my pragmatic approach :).
I know I have made the right decision. I do not need in any sense a further qualification - my first career was as a Registered Nurse, the I did a Bachelor of Arts (Honours 1), then I lectured in Television Studies, then I moved when I married John and could not get appropriate work. So I started the Psychology degree. Lots of twists and turns, but that is all part of the rich tapestry of life.
By the way, my husband is a very nice, very kind man, so that makes the decision easier.
And the plus side of this???? I'll be able to do a bit of sewing and blogging again. And no, this decision wasn't me trying to rationalise my decision :). I have missed you all though :)
This weekend we have to clear out the old premises. Then I will get on with making the second little black and white knit top which is my March garment of the month.