It’s pouring rain here at the moment. I’m sitting cross legged on a sheep skin by the fire. Henry is soaking wet and curled up beside me. In fact, I’m also soaking and have even stripped my leggings to just have my bare legs by the flames.
This morning, Jamie and I packed our bags full of kindling, birch bark ,tea and knitting and headed down to the river. It was actually mild, I wore only a large alafoss sweater (and of course pants, socks, etc) but no giant parka to protect from those driving northern winds. I even packed my latest Lopi Woodland sweater so I could sneak in a row or 2 while out there. Luckily, the rain hadn’t reached us and we were able to dig out a hole in the snow and make a beautiful fire! Fire, truly, one of the most beautiful things our earthly sights can behold. Something that directly links us to our ancestors of old. Fire, the stars, the ocean… all things that perhaps our myths and knowledge have shifted and changed throughout the years… but sincerely the feeling when observing these beauties, can only point to wonder and awe. To our smallness in the universe but also our integral part.
These are the type of moments that I live for. Seeing four Canadian Geese soar along the river. Henry speedily chasing the crows. A distant joyful creature dancing along the river with the black wings swooping to and fro. I told Jamie that I think she loves the crows and he responded that he thinks she hates them! Ha, there are always a number of ways of looking at life I suppose.
Small project – Woodland Mittens – made with all my tiny leftovers of lopi. The pattern will be available in the shop soon 🙂
And… I thought I would hold off to share my sewing until I had made my dress in yet another colour but I wore it today down to the river and can’t help myself! This is the Bella Dress by Tessuti Fabric based in Australia. I LOVE this pattern, it’s a simple linen tunic, with pockets (serious plus in my books). I am in love with medieval style clothing and have been bookmarking dresses that I would like to make when I finally have my own sewing machine. This was one of the top dresses. So… here it is! What do you think? It’s the first garment I have ever sewn on my own. It’s fairly simple with a little bit of a finicky neckline but I’m sure if you’re an experienced sewer… it’s super simple.
My Mom has made me clothes for my entire life. I finally invested in my own machine and decided to tackle a life long dream of mine – creating a wardrobe inspired by the medieval period (Medieval Modern?). My intention is to do a little bit of extremely simple embroidery along the neckline (I’ll save this for another day). It feels so rewarding to wear clothes that not only you made on your own but also that suits your heart. Since clothes are just so darn trendy, I’ve never really gravitated toward clothes that you buy in the store. But, finally now I can have the wardrobe I’ve always wanted. Linen dresses… tights and some handknit sweaters and socks :). I’ll post a lot more about this pattern and the making of it when I complete the black one and all the embroidery I have planned!
And.. it’s late afternoon. Jamie is playing Total War, Medieval 2 and I’m listening to medieval inspired music while my legs are beginning to burn. A friend (@toosmalltofail_ on instagram) of mine that shared our punk/goth teenage years and who simultaneously loves art, medievalism, nature and all things strange sent me this today). It is perfect: