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This week I have worked the last three days of my old job and the first two of my new one.

I have cut out a Kirsten Kimono Tee and sewn everything up to the bindings.

I have spilt hot chocolate all over my Orchid Thief Shawlette. I’m feeling pretty gutted about that.

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It’s time for bed, and a cuddle with my Lily.


Video-Logging Meme: Blog Voices

Completely unrelated to sewing or knitting, except by virtue of the fact that this is a meme that is going around the sewing blogworld for the second time and I want to play!

The idea is that you read out the list of words and answer the questions on video so that your readers can hear what your speaking voice and accent sounds like. I should warn you that the lighting on this video isn’t great, but it’s do-able.

I always hate hearing my own voice played back at me. It’s always lower-pitched and a good notch posher than the voice I hear coming out of my mouth in real-time. I am from Birmingham (UK) and have lived the vast majority of my life here, barring the four years that I was at University in the North-East of England. Neither of my parents are from here, though, and I was always bullied at school for sounding posh – to the extent that in my early teens, I made a conscious attempt to shorten my vowel sounds from the southern “baaarth” to the northern “bath”, something that has stuck.

So whilst I daresay that there’s the odd twinge of Brummie on occasion, I really don’t sound like I come from where I do!

Jonathan has lived all over the country and also has a relatively generic British accent, although his vocabulary and occasional pronunciation do have a healthy dose of West Yorkshire mixed in with them from his dad’s side of the family (Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred, etc.). Inevitably that’s had a bit of an influence on me, and it probably will on any future kids too.

So, here we go!

The words are:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And these are the questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?


We interrupt your (not-so-)regularly-scheduled crafting blogging to bring you a link to this, an eloquent and 100% spot-on post from So I Might Be Wrong.

I did say to myself that I wanted to keep this blog free from personal ruminations and health issues, but… there are people now following this blog who don’t know me in real life and who didn’t read my old blog, and along with my ‘About’ page, Alison’s post provides something of an explanation of myself also.

I can’t think of a sensible way to finish this, so I’m just going to hit ‘Publish’ 🙂