Hello there! How’s your year been so far?
Mine started off very comfortably indeed, at home, in my PJs, with a glass of malbec, watching fireworks through the window. I did have a loose arrangement to go out, but NYE is often such an anti-climax, isn’t it? In the end I was glad I welcomed in the new year at home, and even more glad (read smug) to wake up without a hangover!
I spent new years day in Skipton, walking, window shopping and eating pub lunch. I had hoped to visit Cool Crafting and The Fent Shop, but they were both closed and my bank account breathed a sigh of relief. I’m absolutely planning a return visit- after pay day!
Sewing-wise, January has been a very productive month. My sewjo is at an all time high and I’m averaging two projects per week. You’ve already seen my Waterfall Jacket, my ultimate shift dress and my winter woollies, but I’ve also finished a blouse, a bag, a blazer, a t-shirt, some pyjama pants and a matching top. Phew!
My sky-high productivity levels are partly down to the fact that it’s been bloody miserable outside and I don’t want to leave the house, but mostly because the online sewing community has really upped the inspiration ante this month. What with all the challenges doing the rounds on Youtube and Instagram (#dressmakingbloggerchallenge, #sewmystyle, #wardrobebuilder…) it’s impossible not to get your machine whirring.
Speaking of challenges, I have signed up to a couple. I chose my #2017makenine over on Instagram on the first of the month, joined in with the #2017SVE valentines gift swap, and I’m taking part in the #MonetaParty too. I’m bursting with ideas and I’m going to be a very busy bee!
This month I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of Suzy magazine. I was really slow off the mark when the first batch went on sale! I wanted to give it a mention because I think it’s great that it was produced by a pair of home sewists. I’m seriously impressed that Rosa and Dominque did the whole thing themselves! Their enthusiasm is clear on every page. I’m glad it was such a success and I’m already looking forward to issue 2!
I don’t usually enjoy January very much. After the excitement of Christmas, this month usually feels a bit flat and empty, but this year its been different and I think my sewing has helped. I find it so easy to fall into that awful habit of spending every evening in front of the telly, especially on dark winter nights. Having this hobby has kept me engaged in something productive and positive, and helped to stave off the dreaded January blues.
For me though, the most positive thing that happened this month were the womens marches. I didn’t march myself (audience participation is really not my thing!) but I loved watching the coverage. I especially love that the whole thing got a crafty spin with the appearance of many a homemade pussy hat! Whatever your political views may be, I think we can all agree that women* all over the world turning out in such huge numbers to support the causes that are important to us is incredibly heartening. Those girls have filled me with hope and optimism for the year ahead.
(*and supportive men, of course!)