Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fair Isle knits

One of the classic vintage styles is Fair Isle. My dear mum is willing to take on the challenge. These are all from Susan Crawford's A Stitch in Time.

Notice they are all twinsets!! And of course, I must include my beloved reindeer top. Because I ask for it every year and I STILL HAVEN'T GOT IT!!!

(I'd normally include more about the history of Fair Isle and some 1940s examples but I'm blogging from my phone at the moment so that's why the posts are so short.)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chestnut, pumpkin, peach and plum

My favourite seasonal activity is planning my wardrobe. I love packing away the last month's clothes, reviewing what I have and making lists of what I need to add. The best part is starting with colours for inspiration.

Pheasants! I think this is from a ladybird book. I've been busy sewing blouses in the pumpkin colours. But once you see past the rich rust of feathers there are dusky pinks, RAF blue, Kelly green, mulberry and plum. Delicious!

A few of these are from last year and each year I'll build on it. My 'pheasant collection' just needs a few of the contrasting colours and then I'll be done for now. And Spotlight is having a sale!! Mum's kindly going to start knitting a vest in RAF blue, using a vintage pattern from Stitches in Time. I just need some new - larger - swing trousers and the smocks can go! Yay!!

Here's a few of the other things I'm inspired by...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Old life - new life

It's been a while. The Victory Garden died. My hair was cut short. The vintage dress replaced with a scar-easing smock. I went low maintenance at a time when life was feeling very high maintenance. And then came the chaos of med failure: fainting spells, falls and LOTS of scrapes and bruises.

But this week it all came good. In a manic burst of cleaning I tried on all my vintage clothes. So much no longer fits on my post surgery curves. But so much that has potential. Now I open my wardrobe to see a splash of richly coloured 1940s blouses all set for the russet days of autumn. And I feel like I've found myself again!

My Jean Seberg pixie is growing out. And the curls are back! I feel like sewing, pottering in the garden and planning knitting projects with mum. I'm poring over vintage patterns and looking at wool. I have a (modest) shopping list.

The time off work has given me sunshine mornings with Mr Kim. Being read to, laughing, eating wildly manic recipe experiments. Mum also has been to look after me - eating cake and cooking rice puddings in old style enamel tins. Doctors George, Jens and Dita have purred and snuggled and cuddled me back to health.

I feel like me again! Ready for new life, but not really regretting the old one. And the best new life of all? Miss Juno!!