Before I share my sewing I have a comment on a news item that I saw 2 days ago. The presenters were talking about heat or eat, there is concern that many more people now make this choice on a daily basis.
They then went to a home where a mum was serving dinner to her 3 children, she said that it was a worry for her as she could not keep the heating on through the night! how many can and why would you want to? I had to laugh at the fact that she was wearing a thin short sleeved blouse. I have to tell you that I was wearing thermal tights (Lidl, £2.50 and toasty) a Damart long sleeved tee shirt ( old but still warm), thin jumper and a thick cardigan ( layers so that I can cool off when needed) Oh and yes I was wearing a skirt and a petticoat (made by me, not very thick but warm).
The presenters then went on to say that "recommended" guidelines state that the minimum temperature for your home is 18c, I would be wearing shorts and a vest top at that level, I am comfortable at 13-15c, just depending on what I am doing. If I am cleaning (boo, hiss) I turn the heating off, otherwise I would spontaneously combust. If I am sewing I turn it down to around 11c as I have the iron on, my sewing machine with its lights and a daylight lamp all putting heat out.
O.M.W. that is wordy, but I am sure that you get my drift, if there is somebody at home frail, ill or very young or old then requirements will be different. I can only comment from my own needs and point of view. If I feel a chill I put a scarf round my neck or pop my shawl round my shoulders, ( do you remember the blue one I made for Wales?). I am out at regular intervals to walk Ben and find it nigh on impossible to sit still for long periods.
I am done with this, it has rather run away with itself, and me.
I have a few photos to share, there should be some more but my camera batteries need recharging.
Some more of the knitting bags made to the book size, I want to make another 8 of these. I told you that I have joined a knitting and crochet group, I am not sure whether they exchange Christmas gifts so decided to make some of these just in case. once the fabric is cut they only take 20 minutes to make. The longest part is choosing the colours and patterns ( and clearing the fabric away 2 days later). I will wrap them in pretty paper and give them out regardless, I have told them all that I am still trying to sew my way through as much fabric as I can.
This is the same pattern but made 1 1/2 times the size, it is now my knitting bag for small projects. I have been using this Bonnie & Camille fabric for what seems like eons now, I bought it really cheap from America before the postal costs went sky high, although I love it I will be glad to use the last piece.
My last photo is the new cover for my big Janome, much nicer than the oddment of fabric that was thrown over it. It is a bit baggy as I wanted it loose, I leave my pins, stitch ripper, tape measure and snips in the harp space and did not want to send them flying whenever I lifted the cover off. Now all I have to do is make a cover for the overlocker and all will be neat and tidy.
I managed to walk Ben in the dry yesterday until the last one when the heavens opened just as we were getting ready, it was still hammering down for the first walk this morning but has just about stopped now. His 12.00 walk will be early.
It annoyed me to have to throw food away yesterday, I have not baked for a while in the interest of my waistline. I went through the cupboards and found a tub of SR Flour, the lid was off on one corner and the flour smelled iffy so out it went. Around half a bag so cost 23p, not much but still a waste. This morning I have emptied another box from the move and unearthed my lock and lock containers from Lakeland. They are washed, dried and filled with my flours, sugars and other baking sundries. The cheaper versions will now hold other odds and ends, 1 has swallowed all the various stock cubes nicely, 1 has now become an under sink tidy, the rest will be put to good use.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. My sewing room is tidy.
2. I have 4 more projects cut and stacked ready to sew.
3. My wool for my Aran Cardigan is here.
4. Pulled Pork from Lidl for dinner, half price and not half tasty.
5. Debbie Shore has a new book coming out soon.
I have to tell a tale on Ben. I take Maggie shopping every week and yesterday she bought a bag of treats for Ben. He had 1 after his walk last night once I had towelled him dry. This morning I heard rustling in the sitting room so put my head round the door to have a look. Ben had taken the treat bag off the coffee table and was sitting on his bed looking at it, trying to pluck up the courage to try and open it, it is a resealable bag. This is the first time that he has ever done anything like this, those treats must be tasty.
When he saw me, he brought the bag to me and placed it at my feet then sat and waited and yes of course I gave him one, maybe two.
That's all for now, the sun is gleaming through and I do not want to miss it.