It’s been a while since I had time to blog, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy knitting … and sewing … along in the background. There have been quite a few changes here at handmadebysoo towers since Christmas. Our lovely builders have helped us realise our ambition to convert the ‘other’ barn, the former engine shed, into habitable accommodation and make it part of the house. They packed up their tools for the final time at the end of February and since then we’ve been spending every spare moment decorating our new rooms and getting them ready for furniture. There’s still quite a long way to go, but finally this weekend one of those new rooms, my husband’s office, is finally being revealed to the light of day. Whilst Mr handmadebysoo was busy with wiring and cables, I made sure the new curtains were hung. They are sewn from a remnant of Laura Ashley Gosford in paprika which has been languishing in my stash for a while, but is Mr h’s favourite fabric. To make the curtains long enough for the window I have extended the remnant with a length of Laura Ashley linen union in olive and a cheeky border of gingham to finish. There was even enough fabric left over for me to make my first attempt at an applique cushion!