A sewers dream – The kids actually loved their matching outfits!

At this point I didn’t care that none of them wanted a picture, I’d been sewing all day and actually made outfits they ALL loved! Haha, don’t be too jealous!

By the time I’d made the T shirt, I was planning to take a break and start again tomorrow but I got asked “Whens my dress done!!!” So carried on, but definitely got to that tired silly mistakes part of sewing. The blue with seahorse panels dress was too big so I hand stitched a pleat in the back.

My instagram is also up and running where you can see more into my inspo and daily life! Give it a follow @rosyandthestitch

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And this morning my huge wool order came! So excited for this project and can’t wait to show it you when it’s finally finished! We have limited space in our house so when my new Ikea table came too I was thrilled, I’d been fatasising about how it would look with wool inside and it actually looks lovely!

The young modern family trying to get through lockdown…

I am so grateful for the wonderful children in my life. My only dream, over anything else, has been to have a big family. My biggest ambition is to one day have raised happy, healthy young adults with fulfilled lives.

That will never change the fact families are hard work. Raising children is hard and being in lockdown is hard! I am lucky to say we are getting along quite well with it but that leaves me thinking how hard it is for people who aren’t, when we already find it hard enough.

The hardest part is being with your partner 24/7. My choice or I guess, not a choice, to not go shopping on my own (which means not at all because one of us must always be with our daughter) is hard, I never get time alone. I just can’t face the surreal face masks, gloves, distancing measures, glass screens etc… my anxiety over that is too much to face.

I notice the cabin fever effecting me every day physically and mentally. I am more snappy and agitated, my body aches, overall Im bored and forgetting what my life was like before, when things were so much more free.

I tried jogging before all this and that is really not for me! Yoga is more me, and since I don’t feel the dog walkers would appreciate me doing that in the local woods, thats my daily exercise inside.

A bath offers some escape for a little while.

But the biggest focus for alot of people right now is their relationship. So many friends think they could split up after this, so many are missing their partners, and so many are suffering through abuse with literally no where to go. I hope when this is over you come out of it safe and in a good place, but I know that won’t be the reality for alot of people.

We are carving out time and gestures in whatever way we can to keep the romance alive. Sending eachother small gifts, a surprise tent date in the living room was so magical and worthwhile tonight.

I got dressed up, and lay out fruit and drinks (and scrabble!)

It was a wonderful night and we felt like we weren’t in the house, on a real date, for the first time in 5 weeks.

I have been knitting the time away and have a few projects I can’t wait to show you soon,

Lots of love and stay safe,

Rosy x

Lockdown is a rollercoaster

It has become extremely apprant to alot of us that we are happier together. I can admit that we have been trying to find ways to still see our close ones without breaking the rules. We have been keeping two metres away from anyone we see and speaking to them through windows.

It’s becoming the norm to see families on driveways because we can’t go inside others houses now, it’s nice to see yet frustrating at the same time.

Trying to keep the kids happy and letting them see their close family is important whether its through a phone screen or windows.

This far in, no one can say they haven’t been effected mentally. Whether thats positive or negative, I have felt like its been a real rollercoaster and we’re no where near the end of the ride yet.

Some days I feel great and have lots of energy and positivity, others I’m depressed and feel there’s no way forward. But little trips out on walks in open parks/woods are saving us.

Today I’ve chopped my hair off and feel a little bit new. Now please don’t take the plunge and chop it all off if you don’t know if you’ll like it (we’ve all been there!) I had chopped it off short around this time last year so I knew I’d like it.

I also painted my nails for the first time in months and online shopping has been my best friend, Im waiting for 3 orders that all involve organising my house, something else I’m obsessed with right now.

And I found a fantastic stash of wool which I can’t wait to get using, lots of bright colours!

How are you finding the lockdown, have you got a stash to get you through? And what have you found you’re obsessed with!?

Happy Stitching! Love Rosy x

Spring during Lockdown

Hello Spring!

I think everyone’s getting through the day as best as they can and thats okay. I’ve done plenty of great, fun, positive things but I’ve also fell in and out of the lockdown rut.

The baking was great until we realised how fat we were all getting!

But the few moments of love that shine through the sadness really do mean the world 🌎

Sending love & good stitching to you all ❤️

Tweed and Crochet

I’ve been working away at this for a couple of weeks now, I’m sure it will take a few more. It’s that project you have a love hate relationship with, and of course that’s the project you don’t use a pattern for!

Ah yes, you think you know it all, or at least enough, but you’ve unravelled that sleeve 3 times so far. It gets boring the same stitch over and over but then you’re so excited for the end result!

Yep it’s that project…

Lockdown

It’s been so hard, there’s only hard ahead. All of the country is in lockdown right now. From the day it started I tried hard to ignore it, in the sense of just going along with whatever needed to happen, and put it to the back of my mind.

Yet it has crept and crept as I knew it would, and I can’t push it to the back anymore. A huge road block, a huge slap in the face. Our lives on standstill for the unforseable future. There’s no one emotion to describe that.

Me and my family had done well for a while, we’re in week four now and it’s becoming a struggle. But looking back, we’ve done well by not cracking yet!

I agreed with my partner that he will do all the shopping, I went at the start and couldn’t stand all the glass screens, face masks, eeriness! I felt so anxious, I almost burst into tears. So since then I’ve not been out alone. That’s meant we’ve had lovely walks to the wood all together, lovely times in the garden, but everyone and every mom needs their space.

Sleep cycles, all my life I’d struggled, yet a year ago I mastered it. But now, how can I with these circumstances, how can anyone!

I am entirely grateful that I am in isolation with my partner, I am so grateful my children and his children are safe and healthy, and I will follow the regime for as long as necessary. We can all feel that this is getting us down sometimes, and there’s no point denying or shaming it. It’s not natural, we are social creatures.

I hope one day we can safely start again, with a new look on life, on what we take for granted. Maybe we all needed this for many different reasons, I know its changed me. I hope relationships can survive this and I understand the struggle it is right now. And I hope we see our loved ones soon.

Until then, we can spend our days knitting, sewing, crocheting, making beautiful things and waiting for the time we can get together again ❤️

Molly the Bunny

This is Molly the Bunny, named by my partners daughter after her best friend. I crocheted the happy little bunny wanting to use some of my wool stash up.

Her hat and scarf can be taken off and on to keep her warm when she needs it! The hat has little ear holes. She’s a floppy bunny and hopefully will make some girl or boy very happy!

Sentimental

What better way to start this blog than my most treasured piece of knit-work. Three days before my first daughters Christening I decided I wanted to make her outfit for her, so it was definitely a little rushed.

I learnt to knit and sew from my Nan, I was so young that I don’t even remember when I first started. She passed down all of her knitting needles, patterns and wool to me when she couldn’t carry on with it anymore.

It is quite sad thinking she gave up her life long hobby because of her health, yet amazing that she passed it down two generations. I’ll pass it down to whichever kids and grandkids will listen when the time comes and I hope it brings them the same joy it brings me.

I made this dress and bonnet from one of the vintage patterns she gave to me, the bonnet was the most exciting part, I’d never made a bonnet before and it looked so sweet on her little head. She actually got chicken pox the same day, but you couldn’t tell from those smiles!

After knitting three days straight non-stop I couldn’t look at another project for a while, but the result was definitely worth it.

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