“What would I do?” I said to Pooh
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together,” says Pooh, says he.
“That’s how it is,” says Pooh.”

A. A. Milne, Us Two, from the poetry collection Now We Are Six

All my pondering about base garments to wear under my lace-panel jumper has led me into a maze of twinsets, that good old-fashioned pairing of a short-sleeved or sleeveless jumper beneath a matching cardigan. Beloved by 1950s secretaries, not to mention senior members of the Royal Family, and sported enviably by Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail”, surely this wardrobe staple is due for another high fashion moment any time now?

I was looking for examples on the web, but the best ones proved to be in a pair of my favourite clothing books, “Chic Simple: What Should I Wear?” (killer title, that) and “Chic Simple: Women’s Wardrobe”.

I adore the party outfit and the caption about letting everyone else wear black! That’s my belief in a nutshell, in fact, it would make a very good quote for my 2021 Filofax. And in case you’re wondering, that photo at the bottom right of this set doesn’t have a twinset in it at all, but it is the most autumnal of all autumn outfits, don’t you think? Even I, totally unable to carry off any shade of beige, fawn or camel, covet that outfit.

“But, it’s Wednesday,” I hear you whispering to yourself. “What’s she whiffling on about twinsets for? Doesn’t PamAlison always show me her knitting progress on a Wednesday?” Yes, I do that, don’t I, so here it is.

The front of my Heather Sweater is meandering along. I had a lovely afternoon with a friend yesterday and we sat for a while with our knitting in the very special crafting space she is creating, such a calm retreat set in her beautiful garden. The sock, on the other hand, has received no love at all this week, but it’s just a sock, it doesn’t mind. Then there’s a strange wisp of grey wool that got cast on this morning. It may become something, it may not; time alone will tell. It’s not like me to have so many things sitting on needles. I will have to decide what I’m actually working on.

3 thoughts on “Twinsets

  1. Love the pale blue set top left, and the one below to the right would be what I’d choose for Apres Ski at my Swiss chalet. Always loved the twinset, never worn one!

    1. Well, I will happily lend you either of those knitting patterns! I believe you will be ready to knit them right after you book that skiing holiday….

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