So here it is my first post of the new year, underpinned by a desire and an element of determination to post on a weekly basis and grow my blog. As usual life took over at the end of 2016 and the blog posts started to drop off. The old adage of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” certainly applies to blogging. There was a definite decrease in traffic and I started to question what I was going to write about.
I spent three weeks in the U.K. catching up with family and friends, which was fantastic, and spoiled only by a horrendous bout of flu which I am still trying to recover from. One of the best days was when we went to Portsmouth to see my Auntie Pearl and Cousin Linda. Doesn’t my aunt look fantastic for 88 years of age?
I was quite restrained in my fabric shopping (or so I thought, until it came to packing my bag!). I had taken advantage of the Black Friday sales and got some great bargains from Connecting Threads which could be delivered to the U.K. There were a lot of Black Friday sales, but the thing that drew me to Connecting Threads was the fact that the postage costs were only $9.99. A lot of the online fabric shops had postage costs of $25.00 which really racks up your overall cost.
I was also very lucky that where we were staying in The Mumbles, Swansea had a lovely quilt shop. Red House Quilting is crammed with gorgeous fabric and precuts and lots of sewing and quilting notions. The hardest job for me was limiting what I bought!
Father Christmas got the message and delivered two lovely books to add to my library.
I even found time to make a couple of pairs of fingerless mittens using a free Alice Neal pattern from loveknitting.com.
So what is in store for 2017? Well, workwise January is always a very hectic month with the arrival of a new intake of Form One students, which I will be taking away to camp on Tuesday next. Then on the 26th I depart with students to The Netherlands, to take part in a Model United Nations Conference. However, you may remember that I discovered a nice fabric shop last year, so I shall definitely be revisiting that.
On the quilting front, I need to bind my mini quilt for the MQG miniquilt swap which needs to be sent off in February. I want to make a paper pieced, mini quilt for a friend who is celebrating her birthday soon and a baby quilt for a colleague at work that is expecting her third child. I am also taking part in the Mitzi Schafer Mystery Mini Sew Along which starts on the 14th January.
I want to have a go at Sew Liberated’s Schoolhouse Tunic I bought the pattern last year but have yet to cut it out.
Then as the weather cools down I want to knit a Debbie Bliss Aran Tunic for my cousin’s granddaughter, Clemmie.
So I have plenty of challenges ahead for 2017, please stay for the ride.