About a month ago I went away for a mini craft camp.
It was only a one night stay as the usual place, accompanied by A and some excellent friends (who got to stay for much longer).
I didn't take a single photograph.
I didn't get to my favourite bookshop.
I only managed to enjoy half a massage before A interrupted it.
I didn't get much craft time in.
And there was nowhere near enough time spent chatting with friends.
But I did get to enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine accompanied by dark chocolate and a spot of sewing.
I mustered up a grand total of 5 seams and a zip inserted to finish off a half made hoodie for C.
The pattern was from this Japanese book by Makie Clothier (the Japanese pattern book that just keeps on giving, although this pattern isn't very well photographed). It's for woollen fleece fabric (I believe- I can't read Japanese) with raw edges and simple construction. I used a heavy weight synthetic fleece. The trickiest part was putting the zip in (possibly due to the wine). I made the size 5-6, which is a great fit with some room to grow for our 4 year old, although the sleeves are much too long (why do so many patterns have short bodies and long arms? Seems it's not just a feature of Debbie Bliss knitting patterns...). C picked the zip- a sliver of bright colour. A really pleasing project- simple, functional, easy to make, and so much better I think than the over-priced and over-embellished boys clothes on sale right now.