Every year, when grey overtakes Seattle’s skies, I struggle to keep my mood upbeat. I feel weary and blue. Luckily, I pull out of these doldrums and get back to my normal self. It just takes time. One thing that’s helping right now is the way this house smells. I’ve started cooking for our Thanksgiving feast and the scents emanating from the kitchen are divine. I’ve got whole grain bread dough rising, a graham cracker pastry crust baking (for pumpkin cheesecake!) and some experimental gravy containing apple cider and brandy simmering on the stovetop.

I wish Thanksgiving were today!

Speaking of holidays, I’ve made one Christmas present for my daughter already.

Little Flirty Skirty Apron

This is the Little Flirty Skirty Apron from Threaded Pear Studio. The original design had a lot more ruffles and ric-rac on it, which seemed like overkill to me. I used bias binding as an alternative design element and like how it came out. Since Claire has been writing about baking with me in her school journal (I went to her parent-teacher conference today), I think she’ll be particularly excited about this gift.

I also managed to squeeze in a little selfish sewing:

cowl

This is a Very Easy Very Vogue pattern, number 8597, and it’s just that: easy. I had this top sewn up in about 90 minutes flat. If I had spent a little more time on fitting the shoulder area, it would have been better, but I’m happy enough with it as-is. I’ve worn it half a dozen times already. The fabric is a something I found at my local fabric shop. I love the graphic print and how there’s a very subtle shimmer to the grey/silver area.

I’ve got two more tops queued up and a pair of pants. This is going to be a busy few weeks for me!

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