I managed to start my old work-laptop yesterday (it's so old and worn that it only starts on about every fifth try, so I got to take it with me when I left work as no-one else wanted it), and as it turns out I've aparently been smart enough to back up my photo files on this computer too! I can't for the life of me figure out why, as it is almost broken, but I'm just so happy that I found almost all of the cat photos and all of the wedding photos again! YAY! I still have a couple of newer photos of Hobbe on the pink laptop, but if Thomas can't salvage them it's not the end of the world, as Hobbe is alive and we can take hundreds of new photos of him.
The main thing I'm missing are all of my bought knitting patterns, but luckily I'm a bit compulsive when it comes to patterns, so I like to have them printed out. I think I had saved about ten patterns on the laptop that I hadn't printed, and all of them except one were Ravelry downloads so I can just download them again. The last one was a cardigan pattern I bought from Webs a while ago, and I just e-mailed them and told me what had happened, together with my ordering number, and they just sent a reply with the file attached, so I haven't actually lost any patterns. I'll be very happy if Thomas manages to save the knitting folder, but it's not the end of the world if it isn't possible.
Ok, enough about the computer havoc. I'm much calmer about it now that I found the photos, so I'll just let it go and chalk it up to one of those things that happens.
This past Saturday when I was at Anna's and knitted with the girls, I had brought with me the green-and-white checkered project bag that my sister sewed for me for Christmas:
She actually made two more bags for me, one flowered and one striped, and I really love them.
The striped one is currently housing my lace yarn, and the flowered one is holding all my lace shawls. Anyhow, the girls commented on the bag and asked if Sanna takes orders. I said I would ask her, and Sanna (which is my sister, I don't know if I've introduced her before?) was so glad about the comments that she immediately got into sewing again (the sewing machine has been sleeping for a while due to lack of time and mojo). We got to talking, and we thought that maybe she could start making some bags to sell? So today we've spent a long long time in one of the local fabric stores to see if we could find some nice fabrics. We ended up with six different outer fabrics, one white inner fabric and one stiffer lining fabric, some zippers and some other sewing-related stuff. I'll just show you the patterned fabrics:
I'm so excited about this! I want to learn to sew too, but Sanna is pretty good at it, so I think I'll leave it up to her for a while at least. I'll probably put them up for sale here once they're done, if you're interested! I don't really know what shapes or sizes she'll make yet, but I'll let you know once they're done.
After this we went to the library and picked up some books on sewing too, to see if we could find some inspiration. We took home a lot of books, so hopefully some of them will at least be good!
Now I'll continue knitting on the Sari Lace shawl. I'm almost done with chart three of ten, so I'm still fairly hopeful that I'll get it done in time! I haven't taken any photos of it yet though, so you'll have to wait until next time.