Knitting · lifestyle

Six Socks for 2021 FO1

A quick snap - just how I'm rolling this morning The first pair of my Six Socks for 2021 are complete. I didn't get them finished to wear for New Year, although I finished them during New Year's Day so I've still technically got all year with only five more pairs to make. I thought… Continue reading Six Socks for 2021 FO1

lifestyle · Nostalgia · Vintage

How was your Friday morning routine?

Many of us are familiar with the slew of perfect morning routines that the social media are awash with, but they pale into insignificance beside the morning spent by "Man About Vogue" in Winter 1972. Does that bowl of overnight oats with chia seeds really seem cool compared to his Alpen cereal with milk (back… Continue reading How was your Friday morning routine?

lifestyle · Planning · Stationery

All these notebooks

This post has been inspired by comments from two lovely friends: Alex W. in the 'real world' who mentioned notebook fetishes when she visisted and saw this bureau, and blog-friend ReginaMary who asked in the comments on Friday's post if I have a separate use for each of my planners and how I keep it… Continue reading All these notebooks

Fashion · lifestyle · Stationery · Vintage

Proof of the pudding

Ah, just as I thought - eliminating the gapping of the button-band has turned this garment into something I want to wear, at least with skirts and probably with reasonably roomy trousers. It does not look flattering with my jeans, but then that's what my Helsinki jumper is for! So, at last, a photo of… Continue reading Proof of the pudding

Etsy · Fountain Pens · lifestyle · Planning

Bringing me sunshine

Here are a few of the things making me happy as we move into August 2020. Wool sample cards One of the joys of life is digging out wool samples to see what I might want to knit to go with a new summer skirt. There's some promising ideas in the Linen-Cotton range, a bit… Continue reading Bringing me sunshine

lifestyle

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

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

Knitting · lifestyle

Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

I've had a crazy day today, apparently unable to tear myself away from handbags of the 1960s and 1970s for long enough to actually write a few words about 2020. However, I am here now, very much in the spirit of better late than never, to give you an update on my knitting progress plus… Continue reading Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

lifestyle · Stationery

Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

Another day, and still chipping away at the desk setup. The shelves arrived this morning from The Futon Company and were relatively easy to put together. There are a lot of screws in this little unit, but that does make it nice and sturdy for such a simple design. Now the big question is whether… Continue reading Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2