We’ve had some very stormy weather here the last few days. Yesterday, gale-force winds were whipping around the mountain almost taking control of your movements, pushing you along from behind or almost stopping you in your tracks. There was even an ice storm later in the day, and we were left with a very pretty view of the mountain tops sparkling white against the blue sky.
It was the sort of day to give the dog his morning walk at a very brisk pace and once home I had no desire to leave the house for the rest of the day. The wood burner was set alight early and I looked for an indoor job.
I had recently purchased some waterproof fabric from the very helpful guys at Profabrics, who are very willing to give advice over the phone and are happy to supply any amount of fabric, small or large, plus all sorts of accessories and fitments.
I wanted to make a new backpack cover. You may have read about my ‘magnificent shoulder cape’ which I wrote about a couple of years ago here
It is still functional and was called into use last year. But it was, after all, thrown together from an oversized pack cover, and a bit ‘Heath Robinson’. I wanted to try my hand at making one from scratch. The fabric was a bit hard to sew, my machine kept skipping stitches (I probably need a different kind of needle), but it went together quite well using the original as a pattern.
This version, re-christened the ‘pack cape’, is much more comfortable around my neck and along the fastening under my chin. It is also a fluorescent yellow and Hi Viz so I will be making my presence known if I am walking in poor light conditions. I have to say, I am rather pleased with the outcome. It is a little heavier than the original, but only by 30 grams and I think the excellent fit is worth the extra weight.
You can see in the background of the photo the beautiful sight of Mount Maroma covered in snow.
I walked this morning with a lovely friend. The wind was still very gusty but there were quite a few stretches where we were sheltered from it and the 10 kms we covered were an absolute delight. You can’t beat a good walk with a good friend, unless you do it in scenery like this – and then it is just perfect…