A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Blink and miss it.

Six months or more gone in a heart beat!

The poppy display was more awe inspiring in the real - it brought tears to my eyes
and wish that that modern leaders would realise the sheer waste of war.

Birmingham Bullring markets - fabric!

So what happened?  Lots of sewing, a trip to England to see my father, a new contract teaching English to Japanese children on holiday to NZ.  2014 has passed in an blink and now we are almost into the second month of 2015.
I spent lots of time in museums looking at
costumes - Lyme Regis Fossil Museum.

So far 2015 is not looking to great and if only I could be a bear and sleep it away.  Real life is intruding and it is not pretty.  While everyone else is celebrating the lower energy prices, we are anxiously watching for it to stop dropping and starting rising.  Mr DK has joined the ranks of the laid off, of which there are thousands in the oil industry.  Always a volatile industry, the oil business for the contract worker is precarious with long periods of layoff.  We have gone through this before and I guess will again in the future.

To help alleviate the depression I have joined the MAGAM sew along and have launched a campaign to tame the wilderness that was the garden.

On the topic of sewing I have become a fan of the Ottobre Magazine, as a former Burda aficionado I am disappointed in the direction it continues to go.  For the trip I made clothes that could be layered over each other for the fickle English weather as advised,  but England turned on a really hot autumn so did not wear much that I made.

The most successful item was a Merino Hoodie from the Autumn/Winter 2014 issue of Ottobre.  The fabric from Morlands Fabric in Hamilton was a pricy merino rib knit originally intended for DD#1.  I cut a size 50 with no alterations and it was just right to go over jeans etc and under jackets in Birmingham.  When I got back I passed it to DS#1 as he is off to Palmerston North to varsity and it snows there occasionally.

The rib knit means that this does 'grow' but does
go back after the wash.

DD#1 loves the relaxed fit.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's employment situation - as you say, oil workers are subject to the ups and downs - I've known quite a few geologists in this boat.

    Of course you are down in the dumps - do keep yourself busy, you have quite an adjustment to make.

    I agree, war is a waste - my father was involved with WW2 and the cold war, and always said it must never happen again. Sadly I think the storm clouds are gathering.

    It's nice to have you in the MAGAM group - gentle sewing activity will distract the mind.

    I don't like the later Burda's either.

    1. Thank you Sarahliz for your comments, we are at present keeping ourselves busy and of course applying for jobs so hopefully something positive will happen soon.