Jan's View

By HarlingDarling

Sheepskin blanket thingy

Here it is, as promised, not quite finished - I'm just doing the stitching on of the lace, that I somehow decided had to be part of the deal. The lace was bought when I was as student, and I dyed it cerise since the soppy washed out pink didn't appeal to me. I think it was meant to be for underwear.

It has taken a while to stitch all the edges by hand but it is nice to sew like this too. I have holes in my fingers, but there are a lot of plasters in house, so no worries. It might look like I have a sugar basin besides the blanket thingy. I do, but it is also a very cleverly designed sewing kit! The lid hides a pin-cushion and the sugar basin holds the scissors, seam-ripper, tape measure, bobbins of cotton and a few tapes and press-studs, safety pins and so on. The idea is to have it out on show as it's very pretty, and have it to hand for those little sewing jobs that always seem to need doing. My friend Ann Hult, designer and artist extraordinaire gave this to me a couple of years ago. I have made a couple for other friends, using lovely china found in the usual second hand alternative world I sometimes inhabit.

It's been a quiet day, sewing, reading, talking and receiving Lonny for dinner and conversation. Really nice. I have a busy week ahead with things to do on every single day. How will I ever cope? I'm now so used to having an empty diary. I'm sure it will go nicely. We have a bit of work to do on a text too, which I will really enjoy doing. Good to use the grey matter. It doesn't get a lot of outings to be fair, so I am grateful for the chance to exercise what's left!

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