Flower making

We have started working on the flowers for this year’s summer events in the village. 9,300 are needed to cover the Place de Mairie. I have been two afternoons this week to work with the ladies and will be back again on Tuesday after the Easter holiday.

In the evenings, I am still busy with the needles and have started a pattern that I have liked for some time; Cari from the Rowan Lenpur Linen collection. I have substituted Sirdar Flirt and this is working well, as it has a lovely drape to it.

Filey waistcoat


I have been a bit of a traitor as I had a notion to do a bit of dressmaking ahead of the summer. I have produced three summer tops and a dress so far and have really been enjoying it. Most of the fabric has been sourced from the internet – yet to find the holy grail of fabric shops here in France, but will keep looking. The ones I have found are either very expensive of full of very nasty synthetic fabric.

Of course I cannot be without a knitting project and the next is a waistcoat in Rowan Summer Tweed in Cape which is planned for Gary’s birthday on 17th March. I might make the deadline? It featured in the new spring summer magazine and is called Filey and was designed by Erika Knight. I love Summer Tweed and there is something so organic about having to wind your balls before you start.

Completed Cellini

Yesterday I finished sewing up the Rowan Cellini. It looks a bit big, but it is on the lines of OSKA clothes and looks good on. It hangs well and I am looking forward to wearing it. Of course now it’s finished , the long cold spell we have had has now come to an end and it may be too warm! it has been the coldest winter in France since 1996/97 according to our Meteo service.

Plain Cellini

Top of the list for me from Rowan 33 was the plain Cellini, as I just love Felted Tweed and I couldn’t wait to start it. Although these tunic shaped long line sweaters are on trend this season, I think this will be sufficiently classic to endure for a seaon or two. Gary’s Marion Foale is complete, and very nearly sewn up. It will be part of his Christmas, which will give me the push I need to finish it.