Knitting love at WWKIPDay

WWKIPDay 19

Yesterday was World-Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIPDay), the biggest knitter-run event in the world. Many thanks to Knit-Spin-Weave for hosting a wonderful WWKIPDay. We are so lucky to have you here. Cheers! Have you attended a knitting event? Did you knit at WWKIPDay this year?

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Makin’ it Magic: the Japanese backpack

Makin it Magic The Japanese backpack

Some time ago, my mum went on a holiday to Japan and brought me back a backpack kit. It consists of a pre-printed panel and a single sheet of instructions. The instructions are in Japanese but, as is the case with Japanese pattern books, the illustrations are so clear and thoughtfully drawn that a person…

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Me-Made-May 2019 musings

Me Made May 2019 musings

As Me-Made-May draws to a close, it’s time for reflection, review and possibly some wardrobe analysis/recommendations. This Me-Made-May is my third and I was a little more relaxed. “The Daily Photo” of my outfits is on display here on Instagram. Mainly, I haven’t been so hung up on not wearing the same clothes several times…

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Goodbye, taupe corduroy trousers

Goodbye taupe corduroy trousers

Dear taupe corduroy trousers, I never wanted to hurt your feelings, but this is goodbye. When I wore you in Me-Made-May with that raspberry cotton cardigan, it was for the last time. You have great pockets and a classic leg cut, and we got plenty of compliments together from other corduroy lovers. Your versatile colour…

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Kay Inverarity’s costume exhibition

Kay Invararitys costume exhibition

Royalty and Others is an historic costume exhibition on at Auburn, in South Australia’s Clare Valley. We just got home from visiting it. It’s a charming exhibition. There are about 17 costumes, all with a medieval or Victoriana theme, and all except one were made by Kay for various events. As well as the costumes…

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I’m doing Me-Made-May 2019

Me Made May 2019 logo

Hi Everyone, it’s six days into Me-Made-May 2019. Here’s my pledge: “I endeavour to wear at least two me-made items each day (a top and a bottom) during May. As well, I will make one new garment, alter one so I’ll wear it more often, and finish a UFO.” To tell you the truth, I’m…

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It was 20 years ago today

It was 20 years ago today wedding dress

This week was our wedding anniversary and I got out my dress to try on. It last got an airing two years ago in this blog post. I can still get the zip up but the dress is uncomfortably tight. The days of trying this dress on are numbered: I got stuck both getting it…

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Book recommendation: Measure of a Man

Measure of a Man

Measure of a Man – From Auschwitz survivor to presidents’ tailor is the memoir of Martin Greenfield, considered by many to be the best men’s tailor in the United States. I read this book in one day! Martin Greenfield grew up in a Czechoslovakian village by the Carpathian mountains. When he was 15, he and…

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Must-have dress-ups: the bear costume

Must have dress ups The bear costume laid flat

Here’s a statement you may or may not agree with: all households with children require a dress-ups box. Our household does, and has gone a step further by having an adult’s dress-ups box. I’m going to pause writing here because I know exactly what you’re thinking. No, it’s not an “adult” dress-ups box, it simply…

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Vogue 2507, 30 years on

Vogue 2607

Not many people can say they still have something in their wardrobe they sewed 30 years ago and still wear. I realised that I do! I sewed Vogue 2507 when I was 16 years old in the late 1980’s. It’s designed by Claude Montana, whose runway collections didn’t appeal to me at the time. (I…

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