Fashion · Knitting · Nostalgia · Vintage

Directions

I mentioned in my previous post how I have been failing to put theory into practice so far as re-stocking my wardrobe goes, and I've been dwelling on that the past couple of days. The new items I ordered will move it partially in the direction I want to go, although the purple skirt sits… Continue reading Directions

Knitting · Writing · Fashion

What tends to happen

If you pick up your knitting project regularly, what tends to happen is this: you quickly find you have gone from just a cuff to a whole sock almost without thinking. This really flew past. But it doesn't make sense to stop there, does it? Because if you push on just a little more, you… Continue reading What tends to happen

Fashion · Knitting · Skincare & Makeup

That perfect navy skirt

These are just six of the reasons why I have long been craving that perfect navy skirt. Try as I might to occasionally visit the 2020s, my heart knows that you just can't beat a well-cut skirt and a hand-knitted sweater like we used to wear and I can see myself turning to this skirt… Continue reading That perfect navy skirt

Fashion · Knitting

Next knitting update

That is quite some knitting progress for one week. I finished the front of the sweater with one further modification, again to add a little extra length in the armhole. I chose to work it after the neck shaping to make the neckline sit just a smidge lower than it shows in the pattern. It… Continue reading Next knitting update

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

Fashion · Vintage

A capsule wardrobe?

I have received a marvellous gift from my sister, namely a copy of Woman's Weekly magazine from 13th April 1968. It's a treasure-trove of marvellous advice and inspiration from fashion to beauty to natural history (should come in handy when I have to help educate my grandson), not to mention an adertising feature for carpets… Continue reading A capsule wardrobe?

Fashion · lifestyle · Stationery · Vintage

A writing bag

Several months ago I met a man who engendered in me feelings of admiration and envy; the admiration was because he was living my dream - living off a pension and spending his days as a writer - and envy because he had a brilliant writing bag. I encountered him in the course of my… Continue reading A writing bag

Fashion · Knitting · Nostalgia

It’s knitting, Jim…

It’s time to admit to myself that my knitting is stalled. There isn’t any good reason for this; I know I’m tired out a lot of the time from my workdays, and I’ve lost the momentum on my Helsinki sweater since I failed to finish it for Helsinki. I did start the final sleeve, but… Continue reading It’s knitting, Jim…

Fashion · lifestyle · Reflections and Intentions

Red shoe days

My whole wardrobe is pointless because I have no red shoes. (Me) I'm sure we all have red shoe days, even though each person may call them by a different name. The red shoe day comes when you've had a spell of bad luck, when it seems like everything that can go wrong is going… Continue reading Red shoe days

Fashion · Knitting

On the home stretch

I am getting so close to finishing my Cable Front Cardigan that I don't want to put it down, but perhaps it is fortunate that the weather is forcing me to work in short bursts. I'm writing this mid-afternoon on Tuesday and we are currently at 26℃ (78.8ºF) which is hot enough to make wool… Continue reading On the home stretch