Hello friends, long time no see.
A lot has happened around here – most notably my mother passed last year, mere weeks before Christmas, and at the same time my cat (remember Mickey? His name’s now Sir Meouwsalot.) got shot. We got through all of that okay, but priorities were not on the blog.
Now, however, life is mostly back to normal (as normal as it gets around here), and all that reminds me of those dark days is a patch of Sir M.’s fur which has grown back darker than the rest of him:
Initially I thought that was because the long fur on top of his coat hadn’t fully grown back, but have since learned that it’s actually a side effect of my Lordship having some siamese blood, and hence being of point colouration. In short, that’s a gene mutation which causes partial albinism, but it’s only expressed in the coldest parts of the body (legs, head, ears, tail) – or if they get shaved in winter and the fur grows back, it appears :D I’m sure after his next fur change he’ll be back to his old beautiful self, and he doesn’t seem to mind one single bit.
He’s actually pretty happy:
And his lady has moved in with us, too – meet Helga:
Lest you think this has turned into yet another crazy cat lady’s corner of the internet, fret not – I also made things. Many things, but mostly they’re un-photographed at this point.
But I’ll show you this one, just hot off the machine and still needing a wash and a press. It’s Grainline’s Archer shirt, in a toile de jolie I bought to make trousers from, but realized it was too lightweight for that. The patterning is also a bit sparse, so it was kinda hard to find anything to do with it, and I figured a (possibly wearable) muslin wouldn’t be the worst use.
I am STILL fighting with the camera, and it still wins … mildly overexposed front shot, both shots done indoors because … well, apparently it’s TOO DAMN BRIGHT outside (quote my camera).
I think the fit is pretty spot on – there’s some weirdness around the left sleeve cap, but since it’s only on one side, I assume I’ve done something wrong setting the sleeve in. That being said, I might try to set my sleeves in the old-fashioned way again next time – I found setting them in flat rather fiddly.
Apart from that I can see more Archer’s in my future (did I ever mention that my star sign is Sagittarius?), and I’m over the moon to have a shirt pattern that actually fits me now … silk would be nice for this, non?