These past days I found myself at a bit of a standstill, I'm indecisive about a lot of things and I can't seem to get motivated to get going with just about anything. I don't know whether it's just the end of winter that's bringing me down, I do know that the start of spring -with hopefully lots of sun- will be very wellcome.
Creatively, I'm stuck as well. There are plenty of vague ideas going through my mind, but it's hard to find the energy to really dig into a project. And some of the things that I have tried lately didn't work out the way I wanted.
The only thing that just keeps going is my baking. It's a new obsession, as I've had so many before this. But a good one, that brings me pleasure and comfort and that feeds me and my family well.
A few of the things that came out of the oven last week:
Muesli bread. Excellent in one go. Already made another.
Cheese & onion rolls. Very good with homemade soup, great hit with the kids.
Amber's delicious chocolate cake which we devoured this weekend. Seems the baking bug is contagious!
The children and I took a nice little trip to see the spectacular drifting ice. It was only a 45 mins drive, but it seemed we had landed upon the North Pole. The children loved it, Simon especially. It was great to see them have such simple fun. What a trio I have... I'm one lucky mother <3
Now that I have my very own serger, a whole new world of sewing possibilities has opened up. I must say that that is a little frightening as well as very exciting :)
One of the first things that I wanted to try was to make some underwear for the boys. Well, today I managed to sew something that looks remarkably like a boxer short. Not bad for a first try I think. Of course there are many things that can be improved, but it's wearable and Linus was happy to try it on.
I did some research on the interwebs and then I cut up on old pair of boxer's and used that as a template for a pattern.
The fabric I used is a pyjama shirt of mine and that worked fine. Elastic came from the stash, so nothing spent on this project.
Another thing I finished were a pair of pyjama/jogging pants for Simon. These came together so quickly, a very satisfying job indeed.
Lastly, I finished three of these shopping bags, made from old t-shirts. Simple, cute and practical. I'll look for a link and will post that soon.
Happy to report that I'm still improving my bread making skills. However, I think they now are about as good as they get (which is good ;)). I've started adding nuts and seeds to them. But not for the kids, since they do not always appreciate the finer things of food (silly kids!).
I'm baking 6 loaves per week now in two batches. It's barely enough for a week, so sometimes I have to bake extra. I don't ever buy supermarket bread anymore. Home baking gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction. My own bread is healthier, cheaper and tastes better :)
I finished my granny square blanket. Or: almost finished, since there are still about a thousand threads to weave in.
It was a very nice project to work on, perfect for winter evenings on the sofa.
I like the trimming that I came up with, as usual it was improvised. In fact, I wanted a picot edge, but I was too comfortable on above mentioned sofa to get up and check how to do that exactly. So, this is what I came up with and I'm pretty pleased with it.
The question is: do I now finish one of my many WIPs or do I start a new project?
PS. Yes, there is one mistake in the pattern... can you spot it?