It’s a bit of a different post this week in the form of an update, so I hope you don’t mind. Time has been in short supply lately and you may have noticed the distinct lack of blog post last week. Actually, a few of you might already be aware of the stress and worry that myself and my mum have been experiencing with my elderly dad recently. I haven’t shared a great deal online about it, maybe just snippets here and there on Instagram.
Well, we’re now entering the 9th week of my dad being in hospital and it’s been an exhausting, stressful and very worrying period.. After a false start and poor care/service from the first hospital, dad eventually had a brain scan at a second hospital which showed a bleed that was causing pressure and swelling. He was finally operated on at a third hospital. I can’t tell you what a huge relief it was that my dad even survived brain surgery at such a big age… The waiting and pacing around on the day of surgery was a horrid time. I’m in awe of the neurosurgeon who performed the op. Anyway, after being moved again to a fourth hospital dad is now finally in a rehabilitation hospital close by (the fifth and final move, so many moves!).
It’s been so sad though, to see an otherwise fit man, change to someone who can barely walk and has cognitive problems… struggling to even remember what he ate for lunch. I’ve had to be mum’s support through all of it. Constant hospital visits and helping mum out have wiped out swathes of time, though I’ve been happy to do what I can and be there for my parents. It’s what we do, isn’t it? I’m lucky to have a very good relationship with both mum and dad and treasure every moment with them. I hope I have them both around for some time to come and Christmas will be even more special this year.
Sewing-wise I did manage to carve out small amounts of time… maybe an hour or two here and there in the last four weeks. The velvet midi skirt and the latest Burda sweater were fairly quick makes, so ideal really. And now we finally have a date of November 30th as a possible coming home time for my dad once all the home nursing care is organised, so it means that a little bit of optimism is surfacing and Christmas can be looked forward to…. So with thoughts of moving forward, last week, for various technical reasons, I decided on moving my blog over to WordPress. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy as I had read about the process and possible pitfalls and I didn’t want to totally mess things up, so I enlisted professional help. As you can see the new set-up and design is now working and I’m really loving it. I hope you do too. By the way. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if any links aren’t working etc.
What of my sewing plans for the run up to Christmas? Well, at the moment I’m working on Vogue 8685 in stretch crushed red velvet. I expect you’ve seen some sneak peeks on Instagram already. The dress is to be my entry for the ‘Little Red Dress Project’ run by @thetwighlightstitcher and @rosabella.angelica on Instagram and if I remember right, the reveal week is just before Christmas, so I’m afraid you’ll have to be patient and wait for it be shown on the blog then 🙂 Before all of that though there is ‘OWOP’…which stands for One Week One Pattern….you can learn about it here. It starts on November 25th and I’m all set to join in. I’m focusing on my basic pants/trousers pattern which I use all the time and I’ll be mixing and matching outfits using all of the styles that I have in my wardrobe. Last up is going to be my contribution to Designin’ December. Run by the lovely Linda of NicedressthanksImadeit! Full details are here. For the challenge, I decided to make some wide leg pants using using a design by Valentino as my basic inspiration. I have some fabulous chocolate brown pinstripe Italian wool that I bought from Minerva Crafts and I’m going to attempt inserting a cross-grain side panel down the sides …wish me luck!
Other things I’m thinking of sewing for the Winter period are another Burda 104 with the draped collar in light terracotta picot sweater knit, a cowl neck long sleeved top in claret jersey and a tweed ‘A’ line skirt. I also realised today that I could do with another short wool coat, so I might look at options for that.
I’d love to hear your plans and whether you’re getting much sewing time lately. I noticed that when I did get an hour or so of time to get to my machine, that I appreciated it all the more and how therapeutic it was. Why not tell me in about it in comments?