Hello from San Francisco!
So we're finally here, arriving just in time for what our guidebook claims are the nicest months in the city, September and October. Most days so far we've been treated to clear blue skies and a somewhat picture-postcard welcome to California life.
As you can see we travelled light. Hhhhmmmm. Out of shot there is even more additional luggage including my cabin bag with my treasured sewing machine. Much to my relief the machine passed through airport security and the onward journey problem-free and in a bid to make our temporary apartment for the next month feel more like home I've wasted no time in getting it all set-up.
It's not quite the dedicated sewing room with humongous corner desk I was spoiled with in Montreal. But it does the job, and with no walls to screen off the chaos that usually accompanies my projects I'm making a big effort to work more neatly. An effort that has been helped a lot by my choice of one of the easiest first patterns I could think of to get me back into the sewing swing. The trusty Sorbetto, by Colette Patterns.
The fabric is from San Francisco's legendary Britex fabrics. It was exactly a year ago when by pure coincidence we were visiting the city on holiday and I made the customary sewer's pilgrimage to the store. That time I saw the eye watering prices and left empty handed. This time round I was less fazed (even by the rather condescending sales assistant!) and treated myself to a lovely soft Italian cotton paisley print as a welcome to my new hometown. Only buying a yard of fabric meant it wasn't silly money, and so I'm curious to know if anyone else has any other favourite one yard patterns that I can use to justify future Britex trips?
I found applying the bias binding trickier than I remember. I should also really bite the bullet and try making my own binding so I can move beyond the limited colours in the stores. But beyond that nothing much to report about this simplest of makes, which remained cool and comfortable for our walk around Lands End yesterday.
It's going to take a few months for my work permit application to be reviewed, so while I'm a lady of leisure (yeah!) I've got a few plans up my sleeves. I've applied for some voluntary work, I'm finally reading Middlemarch, I'm going to try and edit our wedding video, and I'm hoping to take some courses including knitting, jewellery making and a water sport. And of course, lots of sewing! So hopefully you'll see a bit more of me on here for the next few weeks.
We're now just about to head off to a chocolate festival this afternoon at Fisherman's Wharf. A year ago we went to the same festival as tourists never dreaming that a year later we would be returning as residents! What a difference a year makes...