Bits and Bobs

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, as I believe it is in the US. So the past few days mean that I’ve been immersed in domestic duties – mowing the lawn, cleaning the windows – and writing duties – revisions to my manuscript. My sewing and knitting have been piecemeal at best. Still, I’ve managed to cram a few things in.

I bought buttons for the Betty cardigan I’m knitting:

And cut out pieces for the Sencha blouse from Colette Patterns, in the fabric you can see above. I’m doing version number 1, the simplest, as button holes scare the bejeezus out of me. Oh, and I don’t have a button hole foot. Any hints or tips with this pattern, do pass them on! My thinking is that this blouse will go excellently with the Jenny skirt.

Can I share a tip with any London readers of this blog? Please, please get yourself a loyalty card at Liberty. You may think, ‘Yeah, right.’ But the loyalty card has advantages, even – especially – for those of us on an average income. For example, check out the £5 voucher they’ve just sent me, with a a 50% sale preview pass. Liberty has a rather lovely haberdashery. If you can’t stretch to a Liberty fabric – an investment not to be taken lightly – they still stock some fabulous buttons, wool and other bits and pieces. Some of which you can buy basically for free with the £5 voucher. IF you have a loyalty card. So, go do it!

The other thing I managed to do this weekend, was bake this cherry and almond cake:

Tastes heavenly fresh out of the oven

And a lovely, new neighbour left these on my doorstep:

The Flowers of Happiness

Okay, I am going to make myself vomit in a minute. Please do not let these pictures fool you: I don’t live in some kind of domestic/rural idyll. I live in Walthamstow, East London and work full-time. It’s not all cakes, flowers, knitting and sewing – believe you me. Drugs have been dealt at the local train station, there was a stabbing up the road recently and I now lock the back door with OCD rigour after our house was broken into two years ago. But I like that these photos are a part of my life, at least. One of my sisters recently asked, ‘How did Karen learn to do all this stuff – the sewing and the knitting?’ I found it a funny question. To me, it’s always been a part of life. (Unbelievable how my sisters and I have such different memories of growing up! Didn’t they ever wrestle with Mum’s sewing machine?) But I learnt how to do these things because I wanted to. They make me happy.

Happy Bank Holiday everyone!

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One Response to Bits and Bobs

  1. Suzanne says:

    You are the only one who can make yourself happy, so you might as well but your energy’s into fun activities and people! I enjoy reading your blog!

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