Sunday, 26 August 2012

Hexie happiness

Standing on the bridge, steering some admirals into harbour, and scratching her head over the complexities of indexing compound names (who am I to talk?), not to mention chaps who change rank and style far too often . . . she tenders her most sincere apologies to all who have emailed and commented and promises that when she gets this weighty tome off to the printers she will return the compliments most profusely.

But in the interim, why not make a charmingly capacious pencil case all ready for the new term (oh, how I do love that word, capacious. I yearn for capacious pockets and capacious portmanteaus [portmanteaux is also acceptable to the highest authorities, but apparently not to Blogger ...] ...).

Charmingly capacious

Your little dears will soon be departing for the halls of academe and you can assure yourself of a place in their hearts by providing them with a constant reminder of your presence in the form of a handmade pencil case.

Once again, my sewing guide and mentor Amy has come up with the perfect pattern for you to make your own pencil case - the one and only Hexiecase, capacious enough to hold all the pencils and pens that any child could possibly need.


And speaking of capaciousness, you may remember that I made one here which proved to be just the right dimensions to transport my sock knitting about. For the latest model I used fusible fleece, which gives a nice squashy effect, or for a more structured look, use standard interfacing like this.

Sadly, for me I no longer have little people setting off to school with shiny new pencil cases, so I have made my own Hexiecase just for me - it sits on my desk and in its capacious recesses I hide my very special pens for correcting admirals and their ilk (there is nothing so fine as these pens and people like to steal them so they must be hidden from husbands with pen-kidnapping tendencies).

Who knows what is occurring in those voluminous recesses?

And I am down to my very last pen for checking footnotes - its friends have vagrant tendencies and so I am afraid my little orange chum must be confined in the voluminous folds of the Hexiecase. Perhaps it will be impelled to breed in the darkness?

She sighs. The admirals are tugging at her sleeve (it is an Admiral of the Fleet this time, and they are the worst of all name changers), and she suddenly realizes that she has spent full half an hour browsing pretty pens on Amazon ...  (the ones shaped like vegetables are definitely not pretty) ... come Tuesday, she will be strung up from the yardarm, or set to holystoning the decks at least.

Adieu ... her voice trails on the breeze ... adieu ... (she departs taking her ellipses with her).




20 comments:

Amy Friend said...

You are so funny...thank you my friend. My children's Hexiecases are packed and ready to go on Weds. Sigh.

Indigo Blue said...

It is that time of year isn't it? Just made a pencil case too. Pathwork/quilty one, really easy. I have got this pattern but not made it yet, should make it my next one for Sophie perhaps.

Sounds like you get some unusual things to proof read! How do you stick at it?

Love the new header or has it been there for some time? My brain will not be switched back on until Monday 2nd Sept......
xx

Tangled Sweetpea said...

What a beautiful pencil case Pomona! Love the pretty fabrics you've used.
Victoria xx

carrad said...

So lovely - I made a pencil case for myself at work, but this one is fabulous! xxx

saffa said...

Love that beautiful pencil case, the materials are very pretty! Safxxx

Susan Standen said...

If the pens breed can you let me have an offspring to put into the pencil cases down here. I cannot keep up with the pen/pencil usage here. I think they go feral here and just go on permanent walkabouts. Lovely pencil case by the way. I have two on my list of things to do but the might not be so pretty if two madams do not adhere to better behaviour!

Katy Cameron said...

Love your wee case, good luck on that pen breeding thing, but I think it may need a friend for that... ;o)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Ah the trials and tribulations of a proof reader ... proof reading an offspring's oh so dry dissertation seems small beer by comparison, but at least there are no admirals, name changing, sleeve tugging or otherwise!

Arianwen said...

That is really sweet! I love the colours that you have used. I am sure you will appreciate your little pencil case as much as any child. I might have to make myself one.

angharad handmade said...

Ah back to school - I love all the new pencil cases and pencils and whatnot! Your hexiecase is very sweet indeed, lovely fabrics.

I hope all is well with you!

Lulu said...

thats so pretty....could be for needles also, or buttons..:-) love it...

dragonfly said...

When you are the owner of such a capricious pencil case, ther is only one destination:

http://www.cultpens.com/index.html

Happy shopping ; )

Annie said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, Pomona, and having nipped across to yours, I give you double thanks because I shall love reading your elegant and comical words and looking at your beautiful photos. Isn't blogging good? Axxx

Sarah Jane said...

Thank-you for your visit to my blog, your's looks lovely, I look forward to following along!
Sarah xx

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful pencil case, Pomona! I love the design and the fabrics you've used. And I love the word capacious too :)
Helen x

Mrs. Micawber said...

The keyboard is obviously back in business....

I love the word "style" in this context. Naval ranks are so very confusing - I wish you luck and a clear head (and safe havens for your pens - the hexie case is lovely). My favourite pen and pencil sit in state on top of the desk and Mr. M knows it's more than his life is worth if he moves them.

P.S. I'm a few chapters into "Watching the English" - and oh my word it's funny. The chapter on weather-speak could have been written about the American Midwest - every single rule applies here as well (except for the Shipping Forecast - I suppose our equivalent would be the Farm Report.) In default of weather-speak we have sports-speak. "How 'bout dem Packers/Vikings/Bears?" is a perfectly acceptable conversation-starter here.

Down by the sea said...

Thank you so much for finding me and introducing me to your lovely blog too, I shall enjoy following you too.
I loved your pictures of watching the sun set by the sea too. What an wonderful place your friend has right by the sea.
Sarah x

Deborah said...

I love! love! your blog which I just happened upon and am now a new follower!

gillyflower said...

Oohh I hadnt realised you were happily amongst us again - a belated welcome back Pomona, so glad to see you!!!
Loving this pretty pencil case, and wondering who I could make one for...
Gill xx

Nicky said...

Heavenly hexie case! Beautiful enough to keep any pen happy and fruitful - here's hoping though burying one in the garden and wishing for a tree might be just as successful??

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