Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Luscious Lingerie Giveaway

The lovely Fleur de Guerre from Diary of a Vintage Girl is having a very generous giveaway. If you leave a comment on her blog before the 21st of January, you can go in the running to win a set of peach Alouette lingerie from Kiss Me Deadly! I have two of their suspender belts, and they are sensationally comfortable and very classy.

Monday, 11 January 2010

I've Got Knits

Although the weather here is bordering on the obscene (come on, 43 degrees C?), I've rekindled my love of knitting. I'm getting stuck into my Spring Fling, which I'm making out of Rowan Wool Cotton in a grey-blue. The ribbing should help the garment keep its shape, which can be a problem when using a cotton or cotton blend yarn.

I've also started making a cropped version of the Goth Girl sweater from Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock and Goth Knitting Projects. I was a bit disappointed with the book after I bought it, for although the photography and styling is lovely, the actual projects are very basic, with most using no shaping. However, my cousin Alice (from Wamp-Nation), wants a holey angora sweater, so I'm making one for her from this pattern. It was meant to be a Christmas present, but the 12mm circular needles are giving me a hard time, so it's a bit slower than I anticipated!

Here are some of the vintage-inspired cardigans and sweaters I am hoping to tackle this year. The first is the Cherry Cardi by Sasha Kagan, which was in Knit.1 #4. It's a simple rib with shaping, but I love the 3-D cherries on the shoulders. I've been meaning to make this for a long time.

Next is the Leafy Lace Cardi by soobeeoz, which you can download for free from the Craftster website here. It looks very pretty and feminine, and also quite light, plus I love three-quarter sleeves.

I almost want to knit this cardigan in the hope that when I put it on, I'll turn into this lady! What fantastic hair, and what a great expression! It's called the Blackberry Cardigan and is by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford, from the book A Stitch in Time: Knitting and Crochet Patterns from 1920 - 1949. I think it would be lovely in a dark blackish-purple, like a real blackberry.

I also quite fancy this Sun-Ray Ribbing sweater, also from A Stitch in Time. Modelled by the lovely Fleur de Guerre, who has a very classy blog over at Diary of a Vintage Girl.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Yikes, I'm a bit late, but I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas (or pleasant non-religious holiday) and a great New Year. I'm still settling into my new flat, boxes absolutely everywhere. I seem to have misplaced the power cord to my sewing machine, which is a little frustrating, but I'm sure it will turn up eventually. I've never lived in an apartment before, and it takes a little getting used to. One of my friends described it as like "living with housemates you never see", and now I see why: you can hear people moving around in their own flats, but you don't actually know them. A bit weird, and I'm having to sleep with earplugs so I don't keep waking up in the middle of the night, but like anything I'm sure it will become the norm eventually.

Since having moved, I'm without a computer of my own, so I can't post any photos. This is a bit of a pain, as I've got quite a lot of interesting things to show, including some completed sewing projects, knitting on the go, and some nice vintage stuff I picked up in Tasmania. Soon, my pretties, soon!

I am captivated by Tudor and Elizabethan England, and am having a lovely time reading this book, Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London by Liza Picard. She takes the reader through every aspect of daily life, from how houses were built, to what people's table manners were like, attitudes to sex and religion, transport, servants, everything one wants to know. The best thing is that it is written in such a delightfully chatty and knowledgeable way, by someone who obviously finds the subject endlessly fascinating.