Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wednesday

Good morning!  At the moment it's absolutely beautiful outside, sunny and breezy, albeit cold, but the forecast isn't great.  A bit like yesterday, the afternoon looks to be bringing some rain over for a while, maybe not as torrential as yesterday but still wet!  :-)

It was very pleasant at SW group yesterday and I'm glad I went to help.  In the end I stayed the whole time before going home briefly for breakfast and then setting out for town.
It's half term and I used to have a bit of a tradition in half term of going into town and spending a bit.  I had a few things on a list, the main one being very naughty; I have run out of my 'best' perfume, appropriately named 'Joy', so went to John Lewis to get some more.  That was a bit ouch but not something I get all that often.  I also looked at the Jo Malone fragrances that people talk about but wasn't all that impressed although, to be fair, you need to live with a fragrance for a while to really tell and fragance reacts with ones skin to create an fairly individual scent.
What's your favourate?

Then I went upstairs to the haberdashery department and noticed that they have increased their range of fabrics.  I had a good nosey round and fell for two - both florally cotton and, I think, absolutely gorgeous.  I washed it early this morning and it's now out on the line so looking a bit crumpled in the photos.  You can get the idea though.


Once home again, I had lunch and then settled to some knitting when there was a knock at the door and there was my friend, L., who didn't have time to come in.  She brought me a gift, a hat she had knitted for me after I admired it a couple of weeks ago.  It's lovely, goes really well with my hair style and I was so grateful.

I love that particular stitch pattern.  When I was a child, my Mum knitted several jumpers for me and my brothers in that stitch and they were very cosy and comfortable indeed.  I've used it myself on occasion too.
I will be wearing this hat a lot while the weather is so chilly.  Many thanks, L.

For the rest of the day, I worked hard at being idle and relaxed.

Today, the diary is blank.  It should be personal training but Lindsey has changed that to Friday.  I might tidy up some cupboards and also tomorrow is the first session for one of my new students so I need to do some careful planning.  It's essential to assess at the start but I don't want to make it stressful, obviously.

I'll also dig out my box of paper patterns and see what I can make with the fabric.  I had things in mind when I bought it, of course, but will look at everything before making my final decision.

Here's to a good day for us all.  xx

59 comments:

  1. What a super day you have had. I like being bought perfume but even better I like buying it for myself. I’m old fashioned when it come to smells. I have tried lots but always go back to Givenchy “Amarige”. My daughter bought me Guilty Absolute by Gucci for Christmas which I like too. Like you I was ambivalent about the Jo Malone perfumes but like them a candle for room fragrance.
    Your new hat is lovely; what a special friend. I can’t wait to see what you make with the fabric too.

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    1. I don't know either of those perfumes but thanks for the tip about candles. I wiull take another look next time I'm that way.
      xx

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  2. I love both those fabrics! Can't wait to see what you make with them :-)

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    1. At the moment I have one attached to a light summer 'kimono' - it's not a kimono really, that's just what the pattern says. And the other for a tunic. But we will see.
      xx

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  3. Yes, perfume is such an individual item, I used to love the smell of L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci and eventually managed to treat myself to a bottle. Big mistake, it went really off on my skin after a while and stank so I had to chuck it. Yes, I did have sample spritzes prior to that and never noticed before, an expensive mistake.

    For years I loved Arpege by Lanvin until they discontinued it but apparently it is still available on line but I hesitate to buy it as I think it might be a fake. Nowadays I have Moments by Calvin Klein.

    Lovely hat!

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    1. I liked L'Air du Temps when I was younger. It's quite floral, isn't it? A shgame it didn't work for you.
      I think you are right to avoid Arpege - you just can't tell.
      xx

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  4. I don't wear perfume. I have no sense of smell so I can't tell how a particular perfume reacts on me.

    I like both of the fabrics and await photos of the finished articles. Your new hat looks very warm, just what you need and what a lovely surprise.

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    1. There's no point if you can't get the pleasure from it, is there? After all, I am sure we are all clean and smell fresh all the time anyway!
      It's a lovely hat and L. is a really lovely friend.
      xx

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  5. What lovely fabrics.Our little market town has a fabric shop and a wool shop.Quite rare these days.Looking forward to see what you make.

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    1. That is unusual for a small town; how lovely.
      We're lucky here with a Hobbycraft, the wonderful shops at Blake Farm, John Lewis and a wonderful haberdashery shop called Franklins, down Moulsham Street.
      Oh, and a good market with two fabric stalls and a yarn stall.
      I guess we're spoilt really.

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  6. The hat is gorgeous. I love both the colour and the stitch (I've never seen it before). I should really knit myself a new one as out of the two I own one is too loose and one is a little too tight.
    It's still raining here :(

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    1. Here's a youtube tutorial for the stitch. Just copy and paste it into your browser.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjhlvsXZttQ

      It's started raining here after quite a pleasant morning. I hope it clears for you soon.
      xx

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  7. That is a lovely hat your friend knitted for you! I used to wear scents but have gotten away from wearing any for many years. Some scents give me headaches but not all. I used to love wearing "Love's Baby Soft" which had a sort of powdery scent. I don't know if they even make that scent anymore. Enjoyed your post.

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    1. I Googled this and it seems that you can still get it. Interesting.
      It's a lovely hat, isn't it? I'm very lucky.
      xx

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  8. So many places I go ask that people not wear fragrances as others are allergic, so I have stopped buying or wearing perfume. I do like to use a nice soap or shampoo that doesn't trigger people's allergies.

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  9. Love the fabric - so pretty - can't wait to see what you make.

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    1. Of course, now I have decisions to make, I am umming and ahing indecisively! There's plenty of time.
      xx

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  10. Really pretty fabric and so spring and fresh. How nice that your friend gifted you the hat. It's such a pretty colour and nice pattern.

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    1. It really is, isn't it? Not difficult to make either and the basket weave pattern makes the stitch count easy to work out. I might have a go, in fact.
      xx

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  11. That's a beautiful hat. What a thoughtful and practical gift!

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    1. It really is. L is a very lovely person, kind and generous.
      xx

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