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I have been feeling a little under the weather recently and at the end of last week came down with shingles.  It could be because the house is upside down with the building work going on, or because I’m waiting for exam results, or any number of other things.  The rash is on a section of my back where I missed with the suncream last weekend and got sunburn, so I think it may be that.

Although I swim a mile at least twice a week I haven’t felt as healthy as I did when I was running, so I decided to give it a go again this morning as I couldn’t go to a public swimming pool.  I have had ongoing problems with plantar fasciitis for years and was advised to give up running and try something else, which is why I started swimming.  I could comfortably swim a mile breastroke but took lessons because I wanted to learn how to do front crawl; initially it was really difficult, particularly breathing, but it is now my default stroke.  I struggle to motivate myself so need goals to aim for, that is easy with running as there are always races going on somewhere nearby, that’s not the case around here for swimming.  If I lived near London or Manchester they have open water challenges which would be great but we don’t have anything like that.  If the pain in my feet isn’t too bad after a week of steady short runs I would love to take it up again but if not I’m going to have to set my own goals for swimming, whether that’s faster or further I need to decide and set a deadline, otherwise I’ll fall into a rut and get bored with it.  I have also decided to fortify my diet as well; this morning instead of toast and jam I had a green smoothie.  Neil’s reaction was priceless when I gave him one too.  He said ‘my gag reaction is fighting with my swallowing, I’m not sure I can drink it.’  I think I may have to tweak the ingredients, theres no getting away from kale or spinach though.  This morning I made two glasses with 1 glass of water, 1 banana, 1 apple, 2 pears, 4 kale leaves (stalks removed), juice of a lime and about 1cm of ginger.  The first third of the glass was the worst, then I got used to it but it would definitely benefit from being chilled.  Tomorrow the fruit is coming from the fridge and not the fruit bowl.

Something to look forward to – today is the start of Kids Clothes Week so this weeks goal is to get some holiday clothes made for the kids.  Only four week until we’re in France so I need to get cracking! V Excited.


A bit of blue…

Well it has taken me a while to write this post and I have done quite a bit of sewing but also a good chunk of studying.  The final assignment is in so just the exam to look forward to now!  Kids Clothes Week was brilliant, I managed to get Maddy’s t-shirt done but trousers and t-shirt for Dom.  Following the trouble I had matching the pieces of Maddy’s t-shirt I added exactly 1.5cm seam allowance around the pattern.IMG_0956

The t-shirt went together much quicker than Maddy’s because of the seam allowances but also because there were fewer pieces.  There were no contrasting side panels and no extra sleeves.  The fabric was lovely to work with, I also used it for the waist band and ankle bands on the trousers.  The pattern Imke is going to be made regularly, Dom needs the sleeves to be lengthened, but both kids are happy with them.IMG_0966

Dom’s trousers are low waisted, next time I will adjust them up an inch.  The linen is great and I think there may be enough left over for some shorts for Maddy.  Dom has worn the trousers to the beach and has asked for some cord jeans next.  Surely that proves a success, requests for further projects – winner.  I have already made Maddy some leggings with some of the spare navy jersey and I hope to make some shorts with the spare linen.  I intend on making Maddy’s trousers this weekend which were planned for KCW but I overestimated my capabilities.  I feel as if I’m on a roll and hope to continue sewing regularly, the knitting on the other hand is proving a challenge. Hey ho, can’t have everything.

KCW Day 3

Well the t-shirt is finished and Maddy loves it.  It has already been washed, dried and ironed ready to wear.  I have learned how to sew stretchy fabric, not mastered it yet, but I’m pleased with my firsMaddy's first Imket effort.  The pattern (Imke) has options for changes and tomorrow I will be cutting and making a start on Dominic’s.  He has chosen a navy jersey.  It will have a round hood and just the straight, full length sleeves.  If it turns out ok I may order some more fabric and run up a couple with short sleeves and a ribbed neck.

I am so please to be taking part in Kids Clothes Week, it has given me the push to get sewing again.  I have never made very much but have always enjoyed having a go.  I intend to continue sewing regularly and trying out new fabrics and techniques.  I have spent a couple of hours each day so far on the challenge and this isn’t sustainable on a regular basis, but three to four hours a week is.  At that rate I will surely have reduced my stash and have some new clothes.  Winner!