Friday, 12 February 2016

Accessories aren't clothes, right?


Clarks Chinaberry Sky shoes, Luxulite Audrey II brooch and vintage scarf
I had quite a tough day at work today - I've taken over making my magazine's cover disc, and once I get used to the process it will be easy but this first time was quite stressful - so it was lovely to get home to a parcel from Curtise, containing a copy of Complete Home Knitting Illustrated from 1946 and the beautiful scarf you see underneath the shoes in this picture.

The book is fascinating as it is so very practical; fashion was far less important than function at this point in history. And yet the designs are stylish, and one previous owner of the book clearly kept using it as between two pages I found a scrap of a receipt dated '...tember, 1966' and with some prices. Most of the prices are in a table. but the one at the very bottom does say, 'Allen Key, 8d each'. Sounds rather expensive for Allen keys to me, as we got a whole pack for £1 in Wilko's the other weekend. Anyway, on the back someone's written 'decreases', so it was clearly a knitter's note.

As for the scarf, isn't it a beauty? It's the perfect mallard green, with an abstract brushed pattern in black and caramel. I am already planning outfits that will show it off at its best.

And so, the shoes. If you're going to break your resolutions, you might as well do it in style.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Shocking Miss Emerald [music]

The cover of The Shocking Miss Emerald by Caro Emerald
Ah, so late to the party on this one – but if I missed it, you might have missed it too. A couple of years ago when this album by Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald came out, loads of bloggers raved about it and I wasn't convinced by the hype. One of Mr Robot's workmates lent it to him recently saying, “I think you'll like this, it's kind of bluesy.” Well, it wasn't bluesy but we both do like it.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Cast off, cast on!

I've finally finished knitting the fair isle tank top I started some months ago. You're only getting a teaser detail photo of this, because I knitted it for Cate, so I shall leave any photos of the garment in its entirety to her. It's taken longer than I'd have liked to complete, but it is all done now, before the cold weather has completely gone. As always with colourwork knitting, I hit the stage of wondering if it would ever be over, and being completely fed up of it, and then there were so many ends to weave in, but once it was done and I saw it I thought it was absolutely lovely and was ready to race on and do more colourwork.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Top Marx, Bath!

A still from the Marx brothers film One Night in Casablanca
Groucho tries his luck…
Bath is getting a whole weekend devoted to the Marx brothers. As the website for the Marx Brothers Weekend Festival of Britain states, "Bath, with its rich absence of any known connections to the Marx brothers, seemed the perfect place to mount the festival, and 2016 was specially chosen on the grounds that it wasn't the centenary of anything at all."

Sunday, 31 January 2016

A 1940s look for a wedding guest

One of my favourite Christmas presents was this House of Foxy '1940s hostess dress' from Mr Robot. I tend to wear more late 50s/early 60s fashions nowadays, but do love a good, no-nonsense, 1940s day dress where the waist is where the body's actual waist is and there's little playing around with volume or frills. The lapels and covered buttons on this are all the detail I need. (I'm afraid you can't see them in this photo, but you can see them on HoF's website, where the dress is currently on sale for 50% off in a range of colours.)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Vintage stallholders wanted!

Fancy setting up a stall at an event that had 15,000 attendees last year? I've been contacted by Maryrose Mantle, Trowbridge Town Council's Community Development Officer, because they're looking for vintage stalls (especially hair/makeup and clothing) for the Armed Forces and Veterans Celebrations in Trowbridge, to be held on the 25th and 26th of June this year.

There's always a strong re-enactor presence at the show, and last year that included a good Home Front section, including replica land girls' accommodation. There are tea stalls with vintage china, and usually a 40s roadshow on the bandstand at points throughout the day. (That's always jolly good fun to watch.) There's usually a vintage plane flyover too, which I always look forward to.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Tackling the jungle

Two tins of wild flower seedballs
Mr Robot and I have been on a bit of a house-sorting-out mission since Christmas. In my most recent Vintage Week post I mentioned we were getting new windows put in the back of the house. Well, that means the window fitters need access to the back of the house, and that means we have to tidy the garden so they can get in through the back gate. This weekend our main task was to chop back a load of brambles and tree branches to create a clear route to the house. We didn't think the window fitters would be happy ducking under branches!