Sigh. Last couple of weeks were one of those weeks where things just seem to go wrong. A family crisis overseas. It doesn’t affect me directly, but has left me feeling down a lot nevertheless. Looks like my parents won’t be spending Christmas with me in Sydney after all, as now they’ll be going home earlier than planned. Well, it’s only two weeks earlier than planned, but it feels so sudden. Three months flew so quickly.
Then my sewing machine decided to take a break all of a sudden. Not sure if it’s really broken or what. It’s making a disturbing grinding noise instead of the usual smooth whirl. It can still sew, but I’m worried that if I keep using it something inside would break. I might need to take it for maintenance. Sigh. Oh well at least I’ll have more time to knit now. Which I’m not complaining about, as some relaxing time with my knitting is probably just what I need right now.
On a happier note, I managed to finish a few things before all this happened. First, a Frenchy bag for my mum.
I made the shoulder bag version, using some home-dec fabric that I got at Spotlight. The most stylish bag I’ve made so far I think! Also most involved. I used the sew-in heavyweight interfacing, magnetic snaps for closure, and some extra snaps for closing the inner pockets. I decided not to use a contrast fabric for the top section of the bag, I just used the same fabric. I think it looks great this way too.
This is the first Amy Butler pattern that I made. Can’t believe I haven’t made one of her patterns earlier. The pattern was quite well written. It has a lot of steps involved, but each step was explained clearly, often with diagrams, so that it doesn’t overwhelm. And I love the bag! It’s stylish and it’s a good size. Will have to make one for myself later I think.
Then I finished these coasters for a custom order (although, I can’t take custom orders anymore at the moment, not until my sewing machine is fixed!)
I’ve also finished Annette’s socks, but more on that later. I’ve got some knitting and a cup of tea waiting for me for now 🙂