Monday, June 27, 2016
Sewing when there is no time for sewing...
Last week was very trying with all sorts of disruptions and things needing attention. Mostly to do with the house. Our drains are very old, and during summer the back half of the drains collapsed, and replaced - with most of our lawn dug up. The lawn came back, but now we are back to this:
No lawn again. And as you can see, it is damp and gloomy - I've just taken the last two pictures at 4.45 pm in NSW - and this is how dark it is already. And the plumbers keep stopping work when it rains - the drains going up the side of the house are being relined so that we don't have to dig down there as well - you can see we have had to at the corner, the pavers are up.
So I am about over drains this year. And the lawn is now going to have to be turf laid I think. I'm not weeding the mud patch over winter.
We are also having our roof replaced next week after the cyclone of April 2015 left us with holes in the roof and lots of other damage. As it is a slate roof it is quite expensive to repair. Now I won't go into all the ins and outs, of what is a very convoluted story and ended up with us going into a formal dispute with the insurance company. We had gathered evidence that the builder was acting rather dishonestly in dealing with us, they agreed, and we had our claim paid out.
All very draining and tiring, and also no fun living in a dank house in winter with holes in the roof.
Anyway, the scaffolding goes up Friday. I dare say most of the existing roof will end up where the lawn was, and that would not have done it much good either. So, I shall just be philosophical about this.
And I chipped a tooth, and had to get that sorted out.
And my car needs a service which gets delayed, and it also needs replacing...only I don't like the new cars on the market.
And it is the end of the financial year and I have lots of things to sort out, and I do not like paperwork at all!
Finally, at the end of the week I managed a bit of sewing time - and made two infinity cowl scarves. Satisfying bliss:).
They are both made from remnants found at Spotlight- so the total cost was about $1.00 each.
The first is a cotton jersey, very dark navy with paler blue roses:
And I am sorry about the lighting - I often take pictures at night, and think the lighting is okay, but when I see the photographs, often find out it isn't!
The second is a lovely soft polyester/viscose mix:
I really like this one, it has a wonderful drape and cowl feel to it. It looks lovely over my better jumpers.
And a couple of weeks ago I made these two infinity cowls:
This is a red cotton rib jersey - really soft, and sits so nicely around the neck.
And the last is a bit of fun:
My snow white pretend fur scarf - it's actually a piece of polyester nursery fleece - but it feels and looks lovely as a scarf.
So that's the neck looking smart for this winter - and warm too, and currently we are having icy sorts of weather. Which may surprise those of you who do not live in Australia, but we do get cold weather here - and our houses are not designed well for the cold.
And currently I am working on a jacket, which is my June, Make a Garment a Month official garment:
And wouldn't you know, I have cut the garment and now found a hole on the back. I'm working out a solution tonight when I have had a little think. I hope to actually spend some time sewing this garment tomorrow!
Before I go and have my little think about how to deal with this nuisance of a hole, I'd like to thank you all for your comments about DH's birthday gift. Unfortunately I didn't reply to everyone's lovely comments given that life was too busy, but they have all been read and appreciated. And DH loves his new gown, and finds it lovely and warm. Another planned for next birthday, now I have worked out the pattern.
I have made sure to visit your blogs and comment on your makes though. I do think blogging is about friendships and relationships.
I do hope everyone has a good week,