Friday, November 11, 2011

Strange but true

Now I really hope that what I am about to say does immediately lead to readers running from my blog with all the haste they can muster.

But it struck me this morning, a little blearily admittedly as it was 6.45am, that I rather like ironing.

I'm not sure how it happened. Very gradually I think. As I have mentioned before I rather like ironing freshly washed brand new fabric lengths but this is a little different.

This is napkins and tea towels and crisp, double cuffed shirts. Bed linen and t-shirts. All carefully pressed and folded.

I like it. I like how they look, I like the smell, I like the steam. I find myself enjoying the process, it feels....quite relaxing! Is this what middle age feels like?

I will be attending my first Christmas Event tomorrow (and am feeling full of nerves) - Walpole Barn If you are in the vicinity I do hope you will say hello.


Blogger blue hands said...

Good luck with the craft fair. The ironing's a bit weird, but I'll still come back for more!

Friday, November 11, 2011 7:57:00 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

I am gradually coming round to ironing too. I particularly like ironing linen tea towels. I can do with out the shirts though.

Friday, November 11, 2011 8:01:00 pm  
Blogger Claire said...

I wouldn't say that I like the process, I don't dislike it, but I love love love having everything ironed. Even PJs. And hankies. So I iron everything.

Friday, November 11, 2011 8:13:00 pm  
Blogger the veg artist said...

I like ironing. It's calming if approached in the right way, with fabric still slightly damp. Shirts hung and everything else folded on the rack = order and control (for a little while, anyway!).

Friday, November 11, 2011 9:03:00 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

of all the housework chores I like ironing the best.

(vacuuming is the wort)

Friday, November 11, 2011 9:16:00 pm  
Blogger not so granny said...

Ironing is strictly for blocking yarn, before sewing a seam or doing t-shirt transfers. FACT.
Very best luck at your craft fair. Very tempted to steal the car and come but its an hour and a half away.

Friday, November 11, 2011 9:19:00 pm  
Blogger rachel said...

I really like hanging washing out - has to be in an orderly fashion, and preferably colour-coordinated - but it's strangely soothing and satisfying. And pegs can't be left out on the line, ever! But ironing is less appealing.

Hope the Christmas event goes well!

Friday, November 11, 2011 10:41:00 pm  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful Photos -- Good Luck Tomorrow!

Saturday, November 12, 2011 1:12:00 am  
Blogger Piukka said...

Sounds great! I love doing the dishes (?!) and there's still 10 days until my nineteenth birthday. I guess these things have nothing to do with age. ;)

Saturday, November 12, 2011 11:18:00 am  
Blogger Peeriemoot said...

My mum actively enjoys ironing too (and always has done, so it's not an age thing). I iron very little - just for weddings, funerals, and school photographs! - but I don't really mind it when I have to. It's sort of soothing and mindless. I'd hate it if I had to do it all the time though!

Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:27:00 pm  
Blogger Robin said...

I understand. I wish it were how I felt about ironing. It isn't.

I have a friend who loves the calm that comes from hanging the washing on the line during those blissful days of summer.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 3:42:00 pm  
Blogger Toffeeapple said...

If you lived closer to me I should pay you to iron my linen. I don't like housework at all.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 4:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Andi said...

While I am not a fan of ironing, my mother is. She even irons her pillowcases and sheets. Since I can deal with her "ironing love", I will still come visit you. :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011 5:38:00 pm  
Anonymous Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I'm with you on the smell of freshly ironed things, but I get bored, and want to sit down after I've ironed three or four items.

Good luck at Walpole Barn :D

Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I'm absolutely with you on the smell of freshly ironed things, but I get bored, and want to sit down after I've ironed three or four items.

Good luck at Walpole Barn :D

Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:26:00 pm  
Blogger driftwood said...

hope the craft fair went well.
ironing is impossible in this house, my cats adore the ironing board, especially once you start using it and it gets warm....

Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:44:00 pm  
Blogger Dotty said...

Hmmmm! I quite like ironing too(if the pile isn't too big), but I have to admit to being one of those slovenly sorts who never,evr iron teatowels or bedding!

Sunday, November 13, 2011 3:39:00 pm  
Blogger SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I don't dislike ironing particularly and , given the right music or audio book , can produce a reasonable pile before the urge to go and do something else .... anything else ... sets in .
But before breakfast ?

Sunday, November 13, 2011 3:40:00 pm  
Blogger Alison said...

Goos luck with the craft fair - only things I like ironing are fabric when I am crafting - luckily that is 99% of my ironing!

Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:59:00 pm  
Blogger Gina said...

This is worrying... my husband irons his own shirts and I only do my own stuff if absolutely necessary. Good luck with the fair.

Monday, November 14, 2011 9:25:00 am  
Anonymous Eloise Grey said...

I like ironing too - it's so satisfying seeing all that folded linen beautifully pressed. It's part of the process of caring for textiles. I love taking stiffly dry linen or cotton off the line and smoothing out the creases. Must say my 'semi-pro' steam generator has enhanced the experience.

However, there also times when there is simply too much to do and it piles up relentlessly.

Monday, November 14, 2011 5:14:00 pm  
Anonymous Eloise Grey said...

P.S. Hope the show went really well.

Monday, November 14, 2011 5:16:00 pm  
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