Knitting · Nostalgia

Memory Lane Again

Some things just get lost in the mists of time, and that is right and good, it clears the way for the next innovation. Take the hand-knitted¬†cream jacket folded neatly on my arm in this photo taken somewhere by the sea in Kent in the later half of the 1970s. The pattern for that jacket… Continue reading Memory Lane Again

Fashion · Knitting · Nostalgia

Pink Ice-Cream

Uh-oh, it's the 1970s again! Just look at those flares! I wouldn't be surprised to find a platform sole hiding just out of shot. Here I am with my lovely Mum at the seaside (I think it's the Isle of Wight in which case it's the summer of 1977) and I'm wearing the first jumper… Continue reading Pink Ice-Cream

Fashion · Kojak · Music · Nostalgia

So glad I grew up in…

... the 1970s Yeah, that's not going to come as a surprise to anyone! This is the decade where I spent my teenage years and, although I wouldn't return to being a teenager if you paid me, I am truly grateful that those are 'my' years because when I look back on them they were… Continue reading So glad I grew up in…

Knitting · Nostalgia

The new and the old

Well, hello there, welcome to Wednesday and my latest knitting update. As I intimated last week, there has been a slowdown in progress because I was engaged in 'proper' work last week, by which I mean a paying job carried on outside my home. One week was more than enough, though, and I am back… Continue reading The new and the old

Knitting · Nostalgia

What you’ve always had

Having touched on the idea of always getting what you've always had in my previous post, I thought today I would do a show-and-tell about the previous versions of the cable front cardigan I'm knitting. Above is the first version in a Katia yarn which I believe was part wool and part acrylic. I always… Continue reading What you’ve always had

blakes 7 · Fountain Pens · Nostalgia · Stationery

Not a whimsy

This week, I've been paying my respects to the late Paul Darrow by re-watching the 1973 BBC production of Murder Must Advertise in which he plays an advertising copywriter. It's a role which grows in complexity as the four-part story unfolds and Darrow is excellent in it, capably portraying the character as ingratiating, bullying, enmeshed… Continue reading Not a whimsy

Kojak · lifestyle · Nostalgia · Planning · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions · Stationery · Tech

Imagining my brain is exactly the right size

"Come on, Frank, an officer files things in his head. He doesn't remember them until they pop up, you know that: a face, a street, a name, a number, zabba-dabba-doo, like that..." Lieutenant Theo Kojak/1976 Listen to - Gladys Knight and the Pips "So Sad The Song" (I know that we both talked it over,… Continue reading Imagining my brain is exactly the right size

Nostalgia · Tech

Word of the Week – Explore

I have alighted on "Explore" as a word of the week because it seems like a good aim no matter what interpretation you choose. Explore covers a whole host of activities, from actual physical travel to internal probing of your own psyche and pretty much anything in between. In fact, everything we do as human… Continue reading Word of the Week – Explore

Nostalgia

Getting Cake Done

Recently I have been reading that lynchpin of the world of business and personal organisation: "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I have said elsewhere that I am incredibly late getting to this particular party and I'm doing it now mainly to get it off my 'must look into this someday' list. David Allen himself… Continue reading Getting Cake Done

Nostalgia · Reflections and Intentions

A trip to the tuck shop

This afternoon I was in Norwich city centre running some errands and I popped into the old-style sweet shop to re-stock with Sweet Peanuts. This reminded me of many a diversion to the school tuck shop to buy these, not to mention Toffee Cushions and Sherbet¬†Lemons. Indeed, I was fortunate enough to go to a… Continue reading A trip to the tuck shop