I just finished the most wonderful book. Dogboy was one of three books I proposed for book group last month. Unfortunately we voted for a less worthy book and this one didn't get chosen.
It's about a young boy raised by a pack of feral dogs in Moscow.
Reviewers describe it as bleak, haunting, disturbing, intense, demanding. Yes it's all of that, but it's also a touching, tender tale. The relationship the boy develops with the dogs is beautiful. The writing is believable and it's a book I could have read again straight away if I hadn't passed my copy along as I was so keen for another person to read it.
I have been bunkered down in the studio for the last few days, getting on top of work. While waiting for Adelaide to wake from a particularly long sleep I whipped up this pair of linen pants this morning.
The great thing about sewing for such a little model is that no fabric at all is required. These were made from a few scraps of linen and one metre of linen tape. I like a pair of neutral pants that will go with anything in her wardbrobe. And natural linen is the perfect fabric for summer.
To stop ribbons from fraying, simply apply a little clear nail varnish to the ends. It holds all the fibres in place.
This smocking business is proving trickier than I thought. Like any new endeavour, its taking me a while to get the hang of it, and to create pieces I actually like. The green version from a few posts ago was made into a shirt that ended up in the bin.
Part of the process, referred to as blocking, is where you predetermine the degree of gathering. This is a step that I didn't really worry about initially. Now I realise it makes all the difference.
I feel like I'm getting the hang of it now. I've drafted a sweet pattern for this little bishop's neck top in a 3 to 6 month size.
A later pink version I like even more. Adelaide will wear that tomorrow.
I hate going to the dentist more than most things. But a recent trip there turned out to be a positive one. I had to walk past a lovely antique shop to get there, and I spied this great bench seat in the window.
I had been looking for a while for something to put opposite our front door and this seemed to be just perfect. According to this quiz, via Simple Lovely, my home decorating style is Elegant Classic. What's yours?