I read Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In and I loved it. I had quite a lot to say about it and started writing this morning, but whereas I blogged happily about gardening for years and still can about gardening and sewing, my responses to Lean In are both personal and also linked to my work. I realised that I wasn't comfortable posting a full response to Sandberg's book online. Such is life.
But as I'm still blogging about sewing, I can report that I made progress with the merino pavlova top I cut out many months ago. Until I didn't. I made darts successfully and then I sewed a complicated piece on back to front using a stretch stitch on my machine which isn't easily unpicked. Unpicking black triple stitched thread from black fabric without a quick-un-pick is im-poss-ible. I don't know where my quick-un-picks go. I lose them all the time. Not through lack of use during sewing time, that's for sure. So tomorrow I will buy a-noth-er one. One day when I die or get dragged off to a rest home, my children may find 23 quick-un-picks when they get the house ready to put on the market.
So with the remainder of the black merino I have nearly finished cutting out a hummingbird top. I'm having to cut the peplum in two pieces and the stretch runs different ways on each. Maybe later this week there will be a photograph with evidence of whether or not this works.
No camera today. But my eyes feast on my red tulips. I have two clusters of them and they are the most beautiful sights. More tulips next year, for sure. I've been weeding and sowing mesclun, phacelia and misome. I also planted some gladioli. Today I even raked the grass clippings and fed the chooks because our child labourers are far away, having fun and being spoilt by their grandparents and aunties. In my windowsill mini-greenhouse, the tomato and basil seedlings are poking through and outside, I ponder where to build a tomato garden.