Hooray! Chick births over on blog Purple Podded Peas! If you like small fluffy chicks and big fat beautiful black Hens that's the place to be visiting.
I last reported in this blog post back on June 1st, that there were eggs being incubated in the world of Purple Podded Peas. Well, it's been a bit touch and go apparently, I think Celia was worried that they weren't going to hatch at one point. But they've finally hatched, and you can see a lovely little film clip in this blog post, showing mother and nine children tweet tweeting away over their breakfast. One little chick tries the tea towel out for gourmet possibilities.
It's been a strange old week here in my corner of the UK. Thunderclaps and torrential rain one minute, the next moment, bright clear skies and sun. We've been timing our moments. The moments we step out of doors. Apart from a little dog walking, I've been cooped up indoors most of the week, and found myself getting a bit of cabin fever. Staring hard at the garden whilst the rain pours and pours, and then pours some more.
The light goes too. You know how heavy the down pour is going to be by how many lights you have to turn on indoors.
You know, I don't think mannequins are terribly representative of the human form, not mine anyway, I'm much less smooth than my mannequin. But pinning the back of my Debbie Bliss dress to the mannequin does give you an idea of what it could look like on a nice smooth figure.
I'm worried about the band that joins the skirt to the top half, I don't think it's long enough. I pinned the bit of the front half I'm working on, to the mannequin, and I really had to stretch the band to meet with the back half. I shall ponder that little problem when I finally come to join the back to the front.
I did take a photo of the front half pinned on, but it looks too rude to show you. You work from the band downwards first, then you pick up your stitches for the top half and knit upwards. I'm only at the stage where I'm knitting the skirt section, so there's no top half. The picture of it on the mannequin looks like the mannequin is topless, it's a bit alarming.
I'm coming to the conclusion that the medium size I'm knitting is too small. Usually Debbie Bliss patterns turn out larger than expected, so I'm surprised this seems to be the opposite case with my knitted dress.
And my other dress? The sewn one? I don't know, do I admit this?.......................... I think I don't really like the pattern. It came free with a magazine, and I thought it would be nice in the red gingham.
No. what it is, is I really like the top half, but I really don't like the skirt on the dress. And I don't like the waistband.
I can't get it out of my head that the dress is a bit too 'neat' for me. It's perhaps a 'smart event' dress. For someone else.
My confidence as a new sewer is in the balance a bit here, which might seem a bit over-the-top but that's just the way it is. The dress has a half finished waistband, and is currently lying in a dejected little heap on the table. I did experiment with a bit of shirring. The idea was to have a shirred waistband to soften the midrif a bit, but I chickened out after shirring a few rows on a long length of fabric. There's a wonderful friendly tutorial by Flossie Teacakes here. Don't you think the name Flossie teacakes is wonderful for a blog?
The only thing I can think of is to try and re-design the bottom half of the dress, which does seem ludicrously ambitious for someone with my limited skills. What do you think about creating an a-line skirt that starts from where I left off in the picture above? Will it look totally crap? Can I be bothered in my current 'about to give up' mood? Advice welcomed gratefully.
So aren't I the jolly one today!
I'm just going to give you one more link before I tootle off.
If you are a watcher of programmes like Grand Designs, you may well find the house building going on over at rose hip, in this blog post here, fascinating. I love Grand Designs, and any programme that involves making a nest, house building, housey stuff. Just one little warning, you may well get a little sidetracked by the beautiful pillowcases with their gorgeous crochet edgings that rose hip makes.
Have a good weekend! Vanessa xxx