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Cuttings books

Here's something I don't often talk about: I keep scrapbooks of ephemera I've clipped from magazines over the years. I also stick in some postcards from family and friends, but mainly it's just pictures, ideas, sometimes words and occasionally whole articles that I have wanted to keep for inspiration. It's a haphazard pursuit. I can… Continue reading Cuttings books

Knitting · Vintage

Finished object: Rimini Cardigan

Here she is! The Rimini Cardigan, pattern by Martin Storey from the Jaeger JB16 brochure printed in 2003. Knitted in six shades of John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers 4-ply wool in the Grape colourway. Buttons from my button box, can't remember where I originally bought them. Oh, this is a lovely garment and I'm… Continue reading Finished object: Rimini Cardigan

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Fiction vs. Fact

When I was fourteen, I thought I'd never meet any people as interesting as the ones I read about in books. When I was thirty-eight, I thought my fourteen-year-old self was wrong and that I could prove it as soon as I met the right real people. Now I'm sixty and I know I was… Continue reading Fiction vs. Fact

Fashion · Nostalgia · Vintage

Capsules full of colour

So my 1980s fashion advice book arrived and, no, it is not the one I was thinking of which is a bit of a shame. However, it is another one that I was besotted with at the time and I still find it compelling 34 years after it was first published. The book is called… Continue reading Capsules full of colour

Knitting · Vintage

Vintage Summer Top

We're returning to Woman's Weekly, 6th April 1968 for this chunky, short-sleeved, collared top. I say chunky because that's how it looks to me, but it's knit in DK weight wool and it is mainly the all-over trellis stitchwork which gives the impression of weight, especially around the collar area. I will say right now… Continue reading Vintage Summer Top

Knitting

What knitting happened next?

When I wrote my knitting update last week, I was in a state of indecision about my Rimini cardigan, but apparently all I needed to do was admit out loud that I wasn't entirely loving it because I found I just couldn't cast it aside even briefly. So I went ahead and knit the front… Continue reading What knitting happened next?

Etsy · Planning · Stationery

Planning Jan-Jun 2020

It being slap-bang in the middle of the year, this seems like a good time to reflect on what I am enjoying right now about my planner setup, not to mention what has changed or not changed since the beginning of the year. I started the year in my Filofax Classic Pastel A5 Notebook in… Continue reading Planning Jan-Jun 2020

Nostalgia · Tech

Analogue or digital?

It surprises me sometimes, given how much of a technology nerd I have always been, that I don't mention computers more often on this blog. That might be because, for the main part, nowadays there's not a lot to be done with them; oh, you use them more than ever, but there's no tinkering, no… Continue reading Analogue or digital?