It’s been a month since I last posted in this blog. At the last post I said I was going away for vacation. And I did. Not for a whole month though. It’s not that I didn’t want to… Catching up with everything, workwise, familywise and craftwise was really hard and time consuming. And some things had to stay behind, like this blog. So…

I went to this lovely mountain region of Greece, called Roumeli and I stayed in a traditional guest house in a village called Dihori. It was all that I wished for this year’s vacation. A mountain, cool weather, forest, calm and quiet, no schedule, no alarms and no surprises. And no tourists too! You can see some of the photos in this flickr album. Hope to add some more there in the future.

Anyway, there aren’t many finished projects to show off right now, and those few that are, are not photographed yet. But I have many WIPs. Only WIPs, actually…

First there is this lacy crochet scarf that takes forever to finish. I want to give this as a gift,so it has to be perfect.  I am using the tweed-y Habu Tsumugi Silk and I’m loving every inch of it. I like to watch all these little flecks of color moving in front of me. I also like the sound this weird silk yarn does. A scratchy sound.

Next project is for me. My first crochet motif item. I like working with motifs. I don’t like the loose ends though. This is a stole made with Cascade Bollicine Etoile mohair yarn. When I started it, I believed I had stashed more yarn than I actually did. Now I’ve run out and I have to order more before the closeout ends! Either this or I end up with a motif scarf instead of a stole…

The first sewing project for this winter is wip-ing too! My first coat with lining ever. I am close to finishing it right now but lining needs a lot of hand-sewing and that’s a skill I’m slow at. Since the weather in Greece right now is quite hot for mid-October, I’mnpt in hurry for a warm coat anyway . The pattern is from the latest Burda Easy Fashion magazine. It is available as a free download at the Burda Fashion site, if you want to give it a try. There are also free patterns of very cool knitted dresses you could knit for yourself. I like them both, this and mostly this and I wish I was more experienced at knitting.

I am using this fake fur purple fabric you see at the middle. I have had this fabric for at least 5 five years. It was a newbie purchase, because I thought it could make a dress. Then I realized it was too bulky for a dress. Since then It has served many purposes other than sewing. It is very thick woven and absorbs the light very well. So it’s main purpose was to cover the door to the small bathroom that used to be my photography dark room. Yes, dark room, as in black and white photography, analog, home developed film, chemicals , light sensitive papers and such. I used to have one of these in my home. But that’s not the point. The point is that the fake fur fabric finally found a pattern to share it’s life with. And they have the same mentality too.

Ok, I admit it. This children’s cotton fabric from IKEA will be the lining. I originally bought it because I thought it would make a nice pair with the purple fake fur. Call me weird but I did. I didn’t know how I would pair them back then. But now it all came together. And I’m glad.

And then there is this little notebook I write all my to-do projects. I write down the pattern with a small description and where to find it, the difficulty rating, the type of fabric I will need and the yardage. This kind of list comes in hand when I’m buying fabric. I open it and then try to mentally match together fabrics, patterns and yardages. That’s the best part of any sewing project, matching your idea with the pattern and the supplies. The possibilities are endless and you have to pick just one and the moment the mental image of your idea forms inside your brain, is like magic. No, better. It’s like that cliche comic book image of the lighting bulb that we associate with ideas. Yes, that’s it.

Hmmm, the sewing list got a bit long this year…