Vintage Challenge

This year a few different strands of thinking collided and set me on an ambitious path: I shall buy no new clothes from mainstream high street retailers in 2011. No this doesn’t mean I’ll be draped head to toe in designer one-offs, but instead frequenting charity shops, well, frequently. So what were these strands of thought? I love vintage clothes, always have. I sold off much of my collection in my early twenties to fund … More Vintage Challenge

Read it and give it a go?

  We’re in the midst of redecorating so yesterdays Knitting Group was even more of a haven than usual. I did a stint of painting before and after so a couple of hours at the Storey Institute for the Lancaster Knit Cafe was the perfect break. On the way home I stopped by the newsagents and treated myself a copy of The Knitter and Yarn Forward, and there were a few things that I thought … More Read it and give it a go?

One Fine Day

Yesterday was our one fine day of this week. I was working on a report and the sun was streaming tantalisingly through the window onto the computer screen. So when Paolo asked if I was going out with him for the dogs’ early evening walk, that was it, no arm twisting needed. We are lucky enough to live near Williamson Park which has wonderful grounds and wonderful vantage points to look out over the bay and … More One Fine Day

Clapham to Ingleborough with yarn on the way

Yesterday a friend and I went on a long overdue visit to Beckside Yarns in Clapham. We’d been meaning to check it out for ages and in the end I gave her a virtual voucher for her birthday to expire by the end of February. So we decided to go yesterday as a joint birthday treat. What a gem. As you walk in, to your right is a wall of Noro yarn – just imagine the riot of … More Clapham to Ingleborough with yarn on the way