I have a (small) stack of books to write about but a general holiday mood is holding me back, not being at work is giving me the time to think about and do slightly different things. One of these has turned out to be sewing. Sewing is something I've never been much good at - not quite terrible - but generally inept and definitely terrified of sewing machines. At school they always defeated me especially when it came to threading the dratted things so it's more than twenty years since I've faced one down.
Despite such a troubled and chequered history I'd been playing with the idea of buying one of the John Lewis mini sewing machines for a while. If the picture doesn't give an idea of scale and you haven't seen one - it would fit in a shoe box, and this is a definite attraction; my flat is small and I don't want to take up valuable book space with gadgets that aren't books. The price was also correspondingly modest and that's an attraction too because sometimes these enthusiasms are short lived.
Part of the reason for wanting a sewing machine at all was because we bought some really lovely tweed in Shetland in the summer and I'd promised the Scottish one I'd turn it into cushions for him - the realisation that it would take me a week to do by hand has been off putting though so it's sat around looking like a tempting meal for moths ever since. Having worked out how to thread my new toy (surprisingly easy, still took me twenty minutes) and messed around with it for a bit I managed to run up a cushion cover - it was a rather quicker process than threading and I'm all round delighted with the result.
I doubt I'll ever make anything terribly sophisticated or complicated but doing something vaguely creative is mood enhancing, as is the mental up yours I'm sending in the direction of the domestic science teacher I had when I was 13 (the one I had before that was actually really good but that's no kind of a story). It's also a chance to tidy up some of those untidy loose ends that are bothering me so much (quite literally in this case, especially when it comes to table cloths).