Sewing with The Archers…or how to kickstart your sewjo!

My sewjo has been missing in action for far too long.  The incident with the Linden in the nighttime really didn’t help it out much.  Although your very kind words did me a power of good.  Thank you one and all.

Some of my ennui has been health related, but I woke up this weekend and could breathe easily for the first time in about six weeks.  It took me a while to work out why I was feeling so very different!

Some of it has been weather related.

It tells you something about the weather in a place when they go to the trouble of making a t-shirt about it!

It tells you something about the weather in a place when they go to the trouble of making a t-shirt about it!

Cold, dark, damp northern days do not inspire me to sit at the table and sew.  I’d rather curl up with knitting and a movie, thank you very much. I have no idea how you guys in North America and Canada do it.  I know…I’m a wuss!

Some of it is related to not having my sewing loft.  Such a first world problem! So I raided Ikea for a Raskog trolley, shipped all the necessary into it and I now have a pretty fab sewing set up in the kitchen.


This morning I dropped the kids at school, came home and did the few household chores that demanded attention, and by 10am the day stretched ahead of me, free for sewing.

Honestly….I had absolutely no inclination whatsoever to pick up the fabric and put my foot to the pedal.

And then I remembered my podcast library.  Which is overflowing because I only ever listen to podcasts whilst I’m sewing.  And when I say “overflowing” I mean 27 episodes of The Archers and 46 of Desert Island Discs just for starters.

Which gave me a super idea.  In the spirit of Kids Clothes Week, I’m going to aim to sew for 1 episode of The Archers every day this week.  I’ll kill several birds with one stone.

  1. I’ll have the little Liberty Tana Lawn top sewn for Button.
  2. I’ll be able to finally write a long overdue book review for you (sorry Tuttle!).
  3. I’ll clear down some episodes of The Archers.
  4. I’ll stop feeling guilty about not having done items 1 and 2!
  5. I’ll be able to share a lovely giveaway with you.
  6. I’ll be free to sew something for me!

So…I tried it out today and made good progress.


Let’s see what we have by the end of the week.

13 Responses to Sewing with The Archers…or how to kickstart your sewjo!

  1. K-Line says:

    I LOVE that t shirt! I wish they made one for TO – though I don’t know how they’d show dirty sleet 🙂

  2. Yes, the weather is enough to give anyone the blues. It just seems to have dragged on being miserable for ages now. I like your wee trolley. It looks very handy. What a good idea to sew during a podcast. I always mean to but then I can’t hear what they are saying for me swearing at my machine. 🙂 xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      We were sure an ark floated past last week!
      The trolley is marvellous. I’ve seen the aqua coloured one all over the blogosphere, but the cream works nicely in my kitchen. I can have everything I need to hand and just wheel it back in the corner when I’ve done.

  3. Very good plan! Look forward to seeing what you make.

  4. Jane G says:

    I always find it easier to get motivated when the sun is shining. Do you remember the shirt strips you sent me? They’ve become a quilt! Well, almost, I’ve just got the top done. Thank you so much for thinking of me, and do thank your mum, they’ve brought me great pleasure

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Always better with the sun…and it’s been quite lovely here this week for the most part. I’m so thrilled that you found a purpose for the shirts. You are so innovative with’s our pleasure.

  5. Melinda Jackson says:

    I laughed like a drain when I saw that t-shirt! And it’s been pouring again over here.

  6. Melinda Jackson says:

    I laughed like a drain when I saw that t-shirt. And it’s been pouring again here today.
    Melinda, across the county in Accrington.

    (Sorry about the double post. I hit return a bit early by mistake)

  7. Vicki Kate says:

    Belatedly commenting but that sounds like a brilliant plan! Looking forward to getting to the update when I wade the way through the rest of my reader!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Oh don’t hold your breath…the dog nearly broke my hand last week…that put paid to sewing/knitting/anything for a couple of days! Normal service will be resumed this week.

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