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Warm Winter Time Pjyama Top (McCalls 6796) and Pants (New Look 6216)

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What do you do when you find a remnant of combed cotton knit with a really fun  print that you absolutely adore, but you know really will not suit you?  Couple it with some black flannelette that is lurking, already washed and dye fixative applied because it bled like made, and then looked quite faded. So the black flannelette was hiding in disgrace in the stash because it is not soft and fluffy like it should be and was a bit of a disappointment. RESULT:  A really cute pair of pyjamas that have been missing in my wardrobe for years. I used McCalls 6796 for the top:  I have made version D in the past, but I wanted to trial the roll neck.  I also found my original top a little fitted in a firm knit, so this time I went up a size to size 12.  I did check the neck circumference before I made it up and it was not going to fit.  Maybe it would in a very stretchy knit (although the pattern suggested a low stretch knit minimun) but it was not going to in my stable knit.

Gloomy Grey Day Pants...

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My poor old camera was really struggling today.  I have been attempting to take photos outside, because the lighting is just so poor in the old house I currently live in.  Not helped by modern energy saving lights. Candles would have a better lux I think... Outside today is no better.  As you can see, the camera did not take great photos, as it is just too dim.  We have had solid rain for the last 11 days with very grey and gloomy skies.  In fact photographers here use light metres even in the height of a sunny summer day.  When I first came to Newcastle I wanted someone to "open the curtains". It's just so gloomy here.  I am a sun lover - the light levels are just glorious in Adelaide, my Australian home town.  My mood is always good there, here I am often demotivated.  I put this down, amongst other things, to not  having found a niche here, with the result I am quite socially isolated, and to  to low light levels and a very rainy climate.  Even in summer.  I