I don't classify our family as being a 'sick' family, in fact we're normally the last people to get ill, and if we do, it's for a day or so at the most. But this winter we seem to be the family of contagiousness. Max brings something home from day care, we get it, he gets it, we get it, he gets it, and so the circle goes on, with a bit of spice added in with new contagions every few weeks. I'm tired of it. I'm tired of explaining to work why I'm not there, again. Why I need to leave early and pick Max up. The balancing game of family and work and what's more important in that particular week. This constant feeling of compromise is really hard at times, and right now I'm feeling it acutely. I've been in bed for 7 days. I think that's a record even for me. Even when I look back over the years and think of times when I was actually seriously ill, I was never flat out in bed for 7 days straight. The flu, which turned into acute sinusitus, got the better of me this week I'm afraid, and I've not responded to many emails, or been in contact with people, or done anything generally except feel pretty miserable. It's only been this weekend that I've felt like getting out of bed, or had any energy to do anything more than be some sort of wife and mother.
I tried to make up for some lost time.
I sewed up the little wrap top. The pattern, for those of you who asked, is from the australian version of Family Circle magazine, June 2005. When I did the first wrap top I said many a word of disgust at the way the pattern was written, and the fact it called for a yarn you could only buy in France. But it knits up well if you ignore the pattern for the most part, and is very sweet. I've tried to show how the front fabric flap works as well, because some people were confused by that the first time. Sewing the knit fabric to the woven fabric is easy, if you take your time, baste or pin well beforehand, and slowly guide it through the sewing machine. The knit will want to ride up and bunch together, so you need to go slow, and stop frequently to watch the even spread of knit to woven fabric. I end up pinning the crap out of it, but basting would probably do a better job. I've also cut out, pieced together, and started machine quilting the matching baby quilt. When I started playing with the colours and shapes, I threw my diagram out, and went with instinct instead. God, quilters everywhere must cringe when they see me coming! I am so not techincal in this respect, and don't follow any quilting conventions. Anyway, it's very bold, with the stripey fabric along the top and bottom edges, and a soft charcoal grey fleece on the back. The quilting is simple lines across the quilt. I have left a white cotton patch where the bobble fabric will go, because I have no idea how I should/could/will attach that to the quilt. I'll make that up later, when I'm not so tired, and can think relatively clearly. I think I've answered most people's questions about how I've put all this together, but if you have any more questions, let me know and I'll answer them.