Friday, April 3, 2015

Fever Dream

 

And then we both got the flu, so that's two weeks I won't get back, which were mostly spent sneezing and complaining and feeling each other's foreheads and trying to think of other things to talk about instead of constantly whining about how miserable we were, but failing at that. I got jealous of my nighttime self, all full of antihistimines and decongestants and sleeping the sleep of the just, drooling mouth open and snoring like a bull, oblivious. Days were nothing but coughing and blowing my nose. I wore the perfect swing not-a-bathrobe cardigan as a bathrobe because it matches my jammies and also because it made me feel like I was halfway dressed.
I did spend a few minutes untangling this, which is destined for the log cabin quilt. Dogs like string.
I did a lot of sitting around. Gave myself a pedi.
I started watching The Great British Sewing Bee on Youtube (ohmygoodnessIlovethatshow) and got inspired to sew a skirt out of a piece of thrifted (itchy! Unravelly!) upholstery fabric. I used a pencil skirt pattern I had already, and which was cut a size too small, and sort of freehanded it into an approximation of an A-line skirt, and it would have been fine actually if not for my failed zipper installation. I really want to learn to draft patterns, install invisible zippers, make facings and evenly-hanging hems. Is there a Craftsy class on that, maybe? Must look. And where do people get good apparel fabric? I don't even know. Help?
I went on a mostly hopeless quest to find a book where some woman doesn't DIE in the first chapter. What are you reading? I need a suggestion, preferably something with a minimum of death in it. I read Mental Floss instead. I knit plain socks, boring and dark gray, because I need them. I wrap scarves around my chapped face and walk the dog in the orchard, where she explores the fallen apples, sticks, rocks, deer tracks. She stops to sniff every. Single. Leaf. She stares off at nothing for long minutes, and I wonder if she can smell the coyotes. Later, I put her in the tub for a bath, and she licks the water, the faucet, my face.

 

37 comments:

  1. I do hope you are feeling much better. I have been lucky this winter to not get flu.
    I like your skirt idea, and you are not alone in the zipper dilemma! More times than not, I rip them out at least 3 times before they look passable.
    I hope you have a nice Easter.
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  2. Bless your heart being so under the weather. Hope you are feeling much better now. I have not been reading anything that great lately, nothing I can't put down for long periods of time which is sort of disappointing. Feel well,
    Meredith

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  3. The signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert is epic, beautifully written and the main character is a woman who lives into her 80s and the story starts befor she was born!

    Wendy

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    1. I loved that book SO much...plot, character, setting. Near perfect. :)

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  4. hi hope you feel well soon i have just finished The girl on the train its ok not fantastic but good and i am reading at the moment We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves this is very good stay warm and good look with the zipper
    Sue

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    1. I just finished The Girl on the Train--totally agree. Just okay. It made me miss the more thrilling thrills of Gone Girl. I haven't heard of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves--headed off now to investigate! :)

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  5. So that is where you've been, my dear.
    I, too, have been sick and I kept checking your blog---so as to cheer me up or take me out of my sneezy, wheezy house.

    Woke up to see the forsythia waving her arms at me this morning, so I do believe Easter is coming, after all.

    Lovin your writing. Yes, You + Elizabeth Gilbert are my favorite writers at this time.
    Carry on, lovely.

    Teri
    in the hills of Oregon

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  6. Hope you feel better soon ... have just finished Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French which was fab so give it a go if you fancy it! Keep smiling... x

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    1. I have seen this one around--I'll add it to my list now! :)

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  7. Oh boo! So sorry your are unwell. I am down with a cold/flu thing which has swept through our house. But no fever (yet) and well, Easter must go on. So I am popping all the legal drugs I can right now and am readying myself for the grocery store! Feel better..... I am ready Maisie Dobbs--mystery with a death in it, but not gory and really there is so much more to the story and character development that it doesn't really make me sad--plus, this new book of hers, the dead person is a man! ;)
    xoxoxo
    xoxoxo

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    1. I read the first in the series and quite enjoyed it--I don't know how it's escaped my notice that there are now a whole bunch of them. That'll keep me busy for awhile. :)

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  8. good reminder that I need a pedi! Glad you are better. I sympathize with the book hunt - I am always looking for someone cozy. Have you read Mary Stewart? She's my hands-down favorite (Nine Coaches Waiting - the best). Right now I'm reading a lot of Susanna Kearsley. And the current book on my bedside is Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge.

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    1. I haven't read any of those, but am certainly going to check them out now! :)

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  9. Nice post.
    I like your pedi!

    I hope you are feeling better now so that you can have a nice Easter weekend!

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  10. Oh dear! Well your feet look fabulous anyway. Check out youtube for an invisible zip tutorial while your laid up, I would. I like a book called Skellig by David Almond, it is compelling. Jo x

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  11. Commiserations on that dreadful lurgy. These viruses seem to have a very long tail this winter. They're going on and on her too. I'm reading 'Sisterland' by Curtiss Sittenfeld because I loved her other book 'American Wife' so much. How decadent to have a pedi in March/April time. My feet are nowhere near going on show to the Great British Public until at least mid-June!! The Great British Sewing Bee wasn't as good this time round as last season's but I rather like Patrick in a Beard. The woman judge irritates my one last nerve and of course, everyone loves Claudia. Her young daughter had a terrible accident last Halloween when her fancy dress costume caught fire. The poor little mite was in hospital for ages. Hope you get better quickly. x ps I loved Her Fearful Symmetry.

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  12. I will second We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - easy to read and very thought provoking. I've just found your blog and am enjoying seeing what you create - hope you feel better soon.

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  13. Two sources of good apparel fabric are fabric stores (ask the staff, they can find what you describe to them much quicker than you can if you're not familiar with the store) and thrifted clothing - find a garment made for very large sizes with the fabric you want, cut the seams so it will lay flat, determine the grain and lay your pattern on it (avoid anything with darts, though, as they show when unpicked). You have the patience of a saint when it comes to knitting! Sorry you've been ill; glad you had your beautiful sweater to keep you cozy.

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  14. Oh.. do you have a vintage seamstress form? I want one so bad but when I look they want a fortune for them. Sorry you were sick, but you sure have pretty toes. :-) Show us your socks!

    ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. I hope you both feel better soon!!

    For garment fabric, please have a look at fabricmartfabrics.com. They have amazing sales every other day, but the good move fast, so if there is something you love and it is also on sale, don't dally, or you will end up disappointed. (ask me how I know this!)

    I've been reading Nora Roberts lately. Her catalog is extensive. Nothing I've grabbed so far has had any death in it. I really loved The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy.

    There's a Craftsy class for everything!! Take a look!!

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    1. Nora Roberts fills two shelves at the library--that could keep a girl in books for quite a few seasons!

      Thanks for the fabric tip--I'm off now to check it out. :)

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  16. I am afraid to say I haven't done much reading at all lately. Hope you are both on the mend and feeling much better.

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  17. How horrible for you!
    The trick with zippers is basting. Slowly, with large stitches that are easily removed. Then you do it for real. Just make sure you have plenty of thread in the bobbin! There is nothing worse than it running out half way through.
    I also think the sewing machine's feet have a lot to do with it. I bought a second hand Bernina a couple of years ago, and its zipper foot is the best I have ever used. My two previous machines were Janome and Brother. The Bernina foot makes installing zippers so much easier than anything!
    In regard to reading matter, I am revisiting the wonderful, recently departed Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. They are awesome. And there's well over 30 of them. I would say it is definitely more than a year's reading, if you are a bedtime only reader.
    Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are ones who don't gratuitously kill off their characters. And certainly not in the first chapter!

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    1. I adore a long, dark evening spent in the company of Dickens. He's a master of the interesting character, isn't he? If you can believe it, I've never tried any Terry Pratchett--fantasy isn't my go-to genre, but I'm trying all suggestions.

      Machine basting, then? I always do it by hand, and it still fails...I am very zipper inept. Maybe "slowly" is the key? I'll practice slow basting and see how it goes.

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  18. I'm going to read Elizabeth is Missing when I finish my current book. I don't know much about it, apart from the main character is old, therefore not dead!
    Hope you're both all better. Happy Easter.

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    1. I think I've read that...I hope you enjoy it, too! :)

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  19. Hoping by the time this reaches you that you will again be back to feeling like yourself.
    the skirt sounds divine.. except for th sipper trauma and the itchy part....
    Your new dog loves you!!!! xox

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  20. Kristen, I surely do hope that your flu bug has now left the building.

    I went over to the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade (or stroll) this morning, and think you might get a laugh or two from some of the fanciful hat creation photos I got in my blog post. xo

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  21. Ugh, being sick sucks. I'm hoping to escape the flu this year(fingers and toes crossed). I'm going to check out the book suggestions in the comments. It's been a while since I climbed into really good book and didn't want to come out, like "Kristin Lavransdatter." And oh how I miss Harry Potter.
    Hope you had a nice Easter!

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    1. I feel like a slow-witted child--"Kristin Lavransdatter" sat unread on my bookshelf for MONTHS before I gave up and passed it on to the next reader. Must revisit her and see if she grabs me this time. So many awesome bloggers cannot be wrong about this. :)

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  22. Have just discovered your brilliant blog and have enjoyed trawling through some of your previous posts - very impressed at how many different crafts you've mastered.
    I've just finished A.S.Byatt's The Children's Book http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5291596/The-Childrens-Book-by-A-S-Byatt-review.html which is in part a fictional version of figures involved in the late Arts and Crafts Movement in England. I thought it was wonderful and surprisingly uplifting in parts.
    I would love it if you have time to have a look at my blog which is mainly about embroidery, biscuit making and life as a vicar's wife.

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  23. I am sitting here with no voice and a cough and a great need for comfort reading so I might follow up some of these suggestions. And I love your not a bathrobe cardigan btw. Awesome.

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  24. My dog, too, loves to chew my string! The only thing she likes better is to sleep on newly-made crocheted blankets and quilts . . .

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  25. My dog, too, loves to chew my string! The only thing she likes better is to sleep on newly-made crocheted blankets and quilts . . .

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