A Good Week


Goodness, it's been over a week since I've blogged, but it's been a busy (and good) week!  Here's a little of what I've been up to.

Very little progress seems to have been made on my Vogue 8548 coat.  I finished cutting out the main fabric and interlining / underlining (I'm not sure which one it is!), and got the back bodice sewn together.  That took me most of last Sunday!  The next step is the bound button holes, which I must pluck up courage to do this week.   I would love to have this coat finished by the end of this month.

I did however manage to finish my Wallace cardigan.  The knitting was completed sometime during last week, but I actually finished sewing it together and put the buttons on this morning. 

I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out.   As usual for a Kim Hargreaves design it's simple but the details are lovely.   The turned picot hem provides a lovely edging and the moss stitch pocket accents and collar provide just the right amount of texture.

I made a couple of changes, knitting the cuffs as bands of moss stitch rather than separate buttoned bands, and omitting the breast pockets.  I really don't need breast pockets!

I have it on as I type and it's very warm and cosy.  Just what is needed in this weather.

In order to keep warm in this cold weather (that's my excuse anyway!) I've been eating far too much yummy food this week.   Tuesday was my parents wedding anniversary, so on Wednesday night hubby and I took them to a local Greek restaurant for dinner.  The food was amazing, but the portions were huge!    Going out on Wednesday evening also meant we managed to avoid the trick or treaters!

More food last night, as it was hubby's birthday yesterday.  We had 2 couples round for dinner.  I made an easy starter of cold meats, marinated stuffed spicy peppers, mozzarella and tomatoes (all bought from Sainsburys), then did a home made lasagne and salad.  Dessert was a baked chocolate mousse, from a James Martin recipe.   I left out the fennel, as a couple of the guests were quite conservative eaters.  It was gorgeous, I've just had a piece as I've been typing this. 

I think the diet needs to start again tomorrow!

I had a nice surprise on Friday.  I had an osteopath appointment, and when I got there (at an earlier time than I'd been before) I found the receptionist was a woman I worked with about 5 years ago and got on very well with, so we had a lovely chat both before and after my appointment.  I'm also very pleased that the treatment now appears to be working and the pains I've been having in my lower back, hip and leg seem to be disappearing.  Bliss!!!

I think that's my week caught up with.  The only disappointment has been that I haven't managed to get my apron made for Karen's Apronalong.  Never mind, I look forward to seeing what everyone else who participated has made.  I'll get around to mine some time. 


  1. Lovely. Looks better on you than on the model.

  2. Fab cardigan Sam, really lovely looking warm and toasty cardigan!!! Like you say perfect for this time of year. Good luck with coat sewing, I'm not even as far as you, I think pattern pieces are still firmly in packet unfolded. Can't say ugh for my timing!

    1. Thank you Winnie. I've worn the cardigan again today, and have actually been too hot in it!

  3. Beautiful cardigan, I am in total awe of such skilled knitting. Sounds like you've had a lovely week, it's harder to fit in little bits of sewing time when it's dark so early and I expect you really want to focus on your buttonholes - I'm sure you'll do a great job :)

    1. Thank you Jacq. Yes, I definitely want to focus on those button holes. It's not going to happen this evening certainly, as I now have the cold that my husband had all last week! Ugh!


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