Well I'm sick.
There was a day last week, I guess it was Wednesday I was so extremely irritable and not quite right physically and I couldn't work out why. Then Thursday I started to get a sore throat Friday I was feeling terrible. LOML came home and I ate then went to bed. Saturday was slightly better, yesterday I was functioning, as I am today but still so terribly congested and feeling blerk really. I can see that its improving but I guess its best described as I feel a bit like I'm operating in a cloud.
Its disappointing as I was looking forward to relishing my last few quiet days when kids are at day care and School, as next week I will be working on those days.
In the last few days I managed to get Little Mr's coat pattern traced out.
This is a new method for me after I made an amazing discovery.
I had been using baking paper to trace out patterns which was essentially inadequate in width and also strength but when working with pattern sheets such as Ottober design and patterns from books I didn't have many options, until I saw on another sewing blog the tip about artists tracing paper ( I can't remember where sorry ) So I hopped on Google and fount this great place that has tracing paper in a lot of different weights and sizes. What I ordered was out of stock but the communication with me was good and they still ordered it in for me. : )
Its not really necessary to trace out a pattern from a purchased pattern sheet such as this one but the beauty of doing this for me, is that I am using the smallest version of the pattern, so while it takes a little longer to trace it all out I don't destroy the integrity of the pattern pieces in pinning etc especially for when I have a unisex pattern like this that I will definitely use again and probably for each child. When I am finished with it if I want to pass it on its still intact for the next owner/user too. ( did anyone enlarge the image to see what pattern I'm using? )
I'd recommend this to people who use kids patterns and make multiple items from the one pattern.
I opted for 10m of 75cm wide at 115gsm, so it is good and sturdy but still quite transparent.
So now I have his coat pattern all cut out but think the fabric I set aside is probably not quite big enough.
While sitting listlessly on the lounge in sickness I started another neck warmer with some Bamboo and Bamboozle ( bamboo /cotton ), modifying a Scarf pattern I had used before and changing the gauge.
Though the thing that has my strongest focus is the bag I started designing yesterday ... Its still in the drawing/pattern stages but I'm liking it all so far.