Saturday, 11 February 2012
Just the Job
I have managed to do a bit of knitting in the evenings, there's something really soothing about the action of the needles, helps me relax and stops my mind racing. I have one sock nearly done, but of course the damn things come in pairs - it is scientifically recognised as 'second sock syndrome', describing that sense of ennui and slight desperation that a knitter feels when faced with the fact that most people have two feet to be encased in yarn-based garments.
I've also been reading a lot more, including lots from the local library, as although I love my Kindle, it can get to be an expensive habit. On a recent library jaunt I picked up a slim volume called Sew & Save by Joanna Chase. It is a reproduction of a book first published in 1941. It's full of really useful information about sewing the perfect hem, making a lovely blouse out of hubby's old shirts and that sort of thing. And I'm not being sarcastic, this really is useful! I have a shelf-load of lovely craft books, which have a range of projects in, but many are up the wafty crafty end - apple cosy anyone? It's a reminder that sewing wasn't just an enjoyable past time, but a crucial skill...