This is the sort of thing that is good to say when you feel really very tired-oh, feet-dragging-oh, really-feel-like sinking-onto-the-sofa-and-watching-a good-movie-oh. With a cup of tea of course, and a complete lack of guilt too (that's harder isn't it!).
Must have been the travelling on Tuesday that's caught up with me. I couldn't blog last Tuesday as I normally would, because I was making the five hour train journey from home to Walker Books for a meeting, (I've got a page on their website here), and then travelling back five hours again to get home the same day. I was up at five in the morning, felt surprisingly spritely, got on the train, got out my knitting, and realised I had forgotten my knitting pattern. There was a moment of sheer incomprehension that I could do such a thing. I hadn't taken a book with me. But I had taken extra balls of wool, so I set about copying what I had already knitted, as the front and the back of the dress are the same in the skirt section. Hugo kindly scanned the pattern and e-mailed it to my art editor at Walker, so at least I had the pattern for the journey home. The knitting I'd done on the train to London was slightly wrong unfortunately, but never mind.
I bought this copy of "The Craft of Dressmaking" by Anne Ladbury, published back in 1977, in a local second hand book shop. I feel I want to get my basic skills in dressmaking up to scratch. Even though I've made two dresses, I want to make sure I'm doing it right, and think I could probably improve on what I've done so far.
That must be Anne Ladbury, the author, on the cover of the book. I think she looks rather cool, and I love the dresses hanging up behind her, they're similar to the styles I'm interested in making. Fashion does go round and round in circles doesn't it?
Just before I go, I have to mention today's "Desert Island Discs" on Radio 4. Len Goodman of t.v. programme "Strictly Come Dancing" was the guest today, and if you've got a spare 45 minutes to sit down with your knitting, crochet, sewing or whatevering, and listen to his interview, it's well worth it, he's very entertaining. I'm very taken with his terminology for attracting females whilst out on the town: "crumpeting".
You can now listen to everyone who's been interviewed on Desert Island Discs, right back to the 1940's, by exploring the archive here. You can listen to it on i-player or as a podcast, isn't that marvellous!
Right, I'm off to make a cup of tea.
I just thought I'd type in Jack Nicholson's name, but he hasn't been interviewed on Desert Island Discs. He'd make a great interviewee, I shall never forget him flirting outrageously with his Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour a few years ago. It was wonderful to listen to, you could hear Jenni practically melting! Such a shame you can't listen to it like you can with Desert Island Discs.
Have a good weekend! Love Vanessa xxx