Hello sewing friends! Long time, no post! I’ve been off from work for the past few weeks enjoying a much-needed post-PhD vacation. While I had intended to sew up a storm during my time off, I wound up taking an unplanned break from sewing and blogging. I didn’t even realize I needed it! The vacation turned out to be a welcome break from many aspects of my everyday life, and I’ve been very much enjoying just loafing around, doing some shopping, catching up on old tv shows, and enjoying the absolutely beautiful fall weather that has finally (!!) arrived here in Boston. My vacation was largely unproductive, but who cares! It’s a vacation, after all. I can go back to being productive when I go back to work next week. 🙂
With that said, I wanted to check in and share a little bit of what I’ve been up to.
First of all, John and I just returned from an absolutely fantastic trip to Spain. I’ll share more about this once we upload and sort through all our photos, but suffice it to say that Spain is an absolutely beautiful country with a rich and passionate culture, well worth a visit. I took many years of Spanish in college and enjoyed finally putting them to good use. We ate, we drank, and we made about a million wrong turns while driving through the crowded cities and rolling countryside. It was quite an adventure. 🙂
I’m almost finished with my flannel version of the Carolyn pajama pants, but this project has been on hold for most of my time off. I’m still excited about it, but I just needed a break! I’ll be sure to post the PJs whenever I get around to finishing them. For now, I’ve been wearing the muslin version that I shared in my video a few weeks ago, and in fact, I’m wearing them right now. I love them!
I recently read The Dressmaker (Amazon link) by Rosalie Ham, a delightful novel about a couture dressmaker who travels back to her hometown in 1950s Australia and the wacky adventures that ensue. I vaguely remember reading a review of this book on someone’s blog a while back (was it you, Karen?) and thought it would be a good book for the plane ride to Spain, and it was! I’d recommend checking it out if you enjoy reading about sewing. It’s pretty light reading and a fun story to follow along with.
Not surprisingly, the arrival of the fall weather has reinvigorated my desire to knit. I’ve been working on the Maurits scarf (Ravelry link) by Andrea Rangel for Brooklyn Tweed, a two-color infinity scarf with an interesting geometric pattern. I started this project as another way to keep myself busy on the plane, but it’s proving to be a pretty slow project that will probably last a long time. No complaints here though, it’s a fun knit! I’m knitting my version in golden yellow and royal blue. Photos to come once I’m farther along.
And speaking of knitting, I’ll be making my glorious return to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival this year in Rhinebeck, NY. The festival is next weekend, October 17-18, 2015. I used to go every year when I lived just north of NYC, but I haven’t been since I moved to Boston. I’m so excited to go back! If you’ve never been before, it’s held on a huge fairground with tons of fresh-off-the-farm yarn, livestock, delicious food, and people decked out in their handknit garments. It’s a fun way to spend a crisp fall day. If you’re going and want to say hi, be sure to drop me a line!
I hope you’ve all been well and have been enjoying the change of seasons, whether you’ve been welcoming spring or fall. I expect to return to posting on a more regular schedule now that I’ll be back to work and my normal routines. Until then, happy sewing. 🙂