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Me and Phil bought a steamer this weekend. My only interest in it was being able to steam fabric, but Phil wanted it for the more practical purpose of cleaning the house (yawn).

We spent hours on Sunday cleaning the house from top to bottom and steaming everything (floors, windows, the oven…). Sadly, no fabric has yet been steamed.

While the house is, briefly, clean, I thought it would be a good chance to get some photos. So, not a sewing-related post, but nosing at other people’s houses is also interesting, right? Plus, there are quite a few me-made projects on display around our house.

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My favourite Designer’s Guild print, Ramblas. Looking creased, because life is too short to iron bed linen.

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Landing

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Dining Room

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Original 1930s fireplace, re-tiled by Phil.

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Living Room

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This poster used to hang over my bed when I was living at my parent’s house, and now hangs over our sofa.

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I carved this head in sandstone at an evening class, many years ago. The wicker basket behind it is also me-made.

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Please note the signed Billy Bragg tea towel.

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Overlocker

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My First Knitting Project

Hand Knitted Fox Draft Excluder
Inspired by all the gorgeous knitting projects that have been appearing on blogs lately I decided it was time to learn to knit. That was over the Christmas break so I’m rather late posting the results of my first attempt. I thought it would be a smart move to start with a non-clothing item so I didn’t have to worry about fit and could get away with some wonky stitches. Phil’s sister Lucy treated me to the Mollie Makes Woodland Friends book for Christmas and I picked the fox draft excluder as my first knitting project.
Hand Knitted Fox Draft Excluder
The wool is Patrons Fab Big, a  super chunky wool in red. He was a fairly straightforward knit, but being a newbie I did lose track and sew the wrong row part way down his body as you can see below. That’s what can happen when you’re watching tv and not paying enough attention… Phil says it looks like a roadkill tyre mark!
Hand Knitted Fox Draft Excluder
For my second knitting project I’m participating in the Owls sew along being led by Kat and Sabs. I’m being more careful with my stitches this time to ensure I make something wearable outside of the house.