Fashion · Knitting · Stationery · Vintage · Wardrobe

Every day’s a school day

I was pretending again on Friday, but there's a lot to be learned through playing make-believe. On the most practical level, I pretended to be at the coffee shop, lapping up the ambient noise, with my laptop and my cereal bar and my Espresso House coffee flask providing those Scandinavian coffee chain vibes. It wasn't… Continue reading Every day’s a school day

Knitting · Reading

Let’s pretend

Let's pretend it's Wednesday, even though we're well into Thursday as I'm writing this. I don't know what happened to Wednesday; I know I got up, I know I went to bed, I know I knitted a little and read a fair bit, but I didn't do anything I had ear-marked to get done. Most… Continue reading Let’s pretend

Knitting · Kojak

Come back, Kojak, all is forgiven

I have a finished object! See - here I am wearing it. Isn't it super? I love it! There's a couple of things I'd do differently if I made it again: most importantly, I would probably use a size smaller needles to give the fabric a slightly denser texture, but all in all I'm really… Continue reading Come back, Kojak, all is forgiven

Knitting · Nostalgia

Bonney blue-eyes

Now it's Wednesday and I have yet more knitting progress to show, despite the update at the beginning of the week. I've chosen to target my knitting (more on that later!), setting the Slope Rib sweater aside for a few days in order to concentrate on the Lace Panel Sweater. As I'd anticipated, I finished… Continue reading Bonney blue-eyes

Films · Knitting

So that’s what I decided

At the end of last Wednesday's knitting update, I was wondering which part of the Lace Panel Sweater to start next. In the event, I decided it was best to do the sleeves, and chose to work the lace panel as a feature just above the ribbed cuff. The design has twelve rows in this… Continue reading So that’s what I decided

Knitting

Upside, downside

I've worked diligently at my knitting this past week. I unpicked the front of the Lace Panel Sweater from the armhole to a couple of inches above the hem and re-knitted it, changing the location of the waist shaping. This has improved the whole look and I'm so glad I decided not to simply make… Continue reading Upside, downside

Knitting · Travel

A tale of two February 10ths

Early in the morning on February 10th 2020, my daughter and I landed at Schipol airport, facing a whole day before our re-scheduled flight to Norwich took off in the evening. Our journey back from Helsinki had been hit with delays due to exceptionally high winds across northern Europe. Even when we finally boarded our… Continue reading A tale of two February 10ths

Knitting

When two tribes start to knit

In all things there are basically two tribes. One does things one particular way, the other does the exact opposite. There are actually three tribes, the third comprising the majority of the population who don't fit into the particular two tribes you're discussing, but they can safely be ignored. I'm thinking today about the people… Continue reading When two tribes start to knit

Knitting

If I should smile in sweet surprise

Today is my 61st birthday, which I've been referring to as "Sweet 61" for some time now. In honour of this, and with some creative transposing of figures, I've borrowed my title from Neil Sedaka's 1961 release "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen". I wish I could stop viewing song lyrics from my youth through the sensitive… Continue reading If I should smile in sweet surprise