Tuesday, February 11, 2014

George, and Lilac Spuds

This monkey is called George.
I made his dapper little suit last weekend, because the sewing machine was out when he came to stay, and I thought it would only take 30 minutes. It all started off so well, the pants were a snip and the jacket was going together nicely. I had the outer and lining sewn and was just putting them together when I realized that I had cut an extra sleeve instead of a back piece. Now the sensible thing to do would be to recut a back piece and resew the lining. But oh no. I thought "I'll just cut another panel and slot it in." Well, a piece that doesn't fit still doesn't fit if you add in extra bits. You can imagine how frought with difficulties that was. Honestly, the language! It would have made a sailor blush. Anyway all's well that ends well. The suit jacket turned out to be coolio. Lesson: Just go back a step and fix the mistake. Remind me of this next time, please.
Unrelated, but interesting if you like potatoes or sibling rivalry. When I was down in Dunedin recently, my Mum pointed to my sister's potato plants and said "Look at those! They're better than yours!", closely followed by "Well don't give me THAT look, they're better than mine, too". Well the photo below is for you, Mum and Miriam, look how crazy beautiful and perfect my purple heart potatoes turned out: 

And even better when covered in light cream, parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper and then baked for 1 hour at 200 degrees C, which is what I did immediately after taking this photo.