Vintage

The more things change

A link between self-portraits and make-up advertising pre-dates the 'selfie' age by fifty years! "You no longer have to ruin your skin to make yourself look beautiful. Make-up can make you look really good. In time, the wrong one can also clog up your pores, dry your skin and ruin your complexion. All the good… Continue reading The more things change

Knitting · Vintage

Lazy music in the rill

"The mornin' dew is blinkin' yonder, there's lazy music in the rill,And all I want to do is wander through the heather on the hill."From the musical Brigadoon The Heather Sweater is underway and I'd say my progress to date is reasonable. I would possibly upgrade that to very reasonable considering that the recent few… Continue reading Lazy music in the rill

Fountain Pens · Knitting · Nostalgia · Planning · Reading · Reflections and Intentions · Stationery · Vintage

Three Hundred

Welcome to the 300th post on my blog, which should by rights be a widescreen epic, but just how epic can a little old lady whittering on about knitting and stationery be? I've been asking myself if I am the same person today as I was when I began to blog and I think largely… Continue reading Three Hundred

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 · Vintage

Friday’s Child

This week, the days seem to have been following that old children's verse. Wednesday's child is full of woe... When I wrote on Wednesday, it was the woeful tale of indecision about my Cucumber Vintage Sweater. I found, as I often do, that writing about my doubts gave me a clarity that I didn't have… Continue reading Friday’s Child

Knitting · Vintage

Finished object: Rimini Cardigan

Here she is! The Rimini Cardigan, pattern by Martin Storey from the Jaeger JB16 brochure printed in 2003. Knitted in six shades of John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers 4-ply wool in the Grape colourway. Buttons from my button box, can't remember where I originally bought them. Oh, this is a lovely garment and I'm… Continue reading Finished object: Rimini Cardigan

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

Knitting · Vintage

Vintage Summer Top

We're returning to Woman's Weekly, 6th April 1968 for this chunky, short-sleeved, collared top. I say chunky because that's how it looks to me, but it's knit in DK weight wool and it is mainly the all-over trellis stitchwork which gives the impression of weight, especially around the collar area. I will say right now… Continue reading Vintage Summer Top

Knitting · Vintage

Reimagining vintage knits

I mentioned last week that I wanted to write about the knitting patterns included in the April 1968 issue of Woman's Weekly I had received and I've decided to start with the most striking of them. The thing that hits you first about this hand-knitted suit is the colour, and I don't think I'll be… Continue reading Reimagining vintage knits