Retro love

Hello everyone! Thanks for commenting on the previous post, Cheryl! The mittens keep growing, albeit slowly: unfortunately one cannot knit and learn how to make websites at the same time, so I’m trying to alternate… But I’ll have to knit faster now that the temperatures have fallen below zero. In the meantime, my old mittens will keep me warm as well as they can.

Today I want to tell you about my new passion: retro. Continue reading

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Jacket time!

It’s officially jacket time again!

As much as I loved the summer (especially the part when I dipped my toes in salty water), I won’t exaggerate if I call it a total disaster, sartorially speaking. In spite of hours and hours spent reading, thinking and talking about sustainable fashion, I went all the way down the pit of style rut, wearing nothing but jeans, plain black t-shirts and sneakers by the end of August. Oh, and I did wear earrings, but that was the only embellishment I could stand… Call me an ultraminimalist, it’s totally deserved!

But all is going to change now that my favourite season is back!

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My own fashion revolution – 2

As promised, I continue my reflections on today’s fashion and the necessity to review our attitude to it.

I hope I’ve managed to – if not persuade you of the necessity of a fashion revolution – then, at least, make you think of it as a possible way of solving some of the global ethical and ecological challenges.

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This must be me ))) Source: https://secondhandchallenge.wordpress.com/

And now I’m going to contradict myself… Continue reading

Week-end reading

All right, this one is kind of a big shot and I want your opinion… Some time ago I had this idea of writing a personal style guide for complete dummies, that is, for girls who, like myself, have never been taught how to choose their clothes, or how to paint their nails, or make a messy bun that actually holds… well, you know the kind. Some may say these are mere futilities and it’s the soul that matters (and I will sign up to that) but, damn it,  we are women, or aren’t we?

So, here’s what might become a beginning of a book that I’ve called “Style for aliens”… Tell me if I should continue ))) Continue reading

Time for a change!

Hi!

As you might have noticed, my posting rate has been terribly low lately…

Don’t worry: I’m still alive and doing as well as one possibly can. As for the silence… There’s no valid reason, really, except the feeling that my beloved blog is becoming a bit stale. Which means it’s time for a

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I know, you know, we know that my writing addiction isn’t going to be cured any soon, so there’s no question I let go of my blog, but I find that my self-imposed blogging limits are making it… boring. Nothing is more toxic than boredom: it drains your resources and turns fun into a chore, and I definitely don’t want to go this way. That’s why I need something new, a fresh concept, a change of direction.

But what kind of change? What shall I write about to keep the audience and the speaker entertained? Should I concentrate exclusively on knitting  and turn my blog into a tool of semi-professional self-promotion or, on the contrary, make it more personal and write about the things that might appeal to no one but me?

Speaking about interests, I’ve been very curious about style lately, I even began writing a style guide – laugh if you please! – and was working happily until I asked myself the most inspiration-friendly question: “Hey, who do you think you are, a fashion guru or something? Do you think you can say anything new about style? And, by the way, did you even look in the mirror today – because your hair kind of defies gravity right now and there’s some funny reddish stuff just above your left eyebrow…” Thus, the masterpiece was killed in the bud and its author brought safely back to her Facebook newsroll… when, for once, something useful actually came out of staring at the familiar white-and-blue page: a friend who created a Facebook group dedicated to minimalism, invited me to join her as an admin. Now, it happens that minimalism is exactly the approach I prefer when dealing with style questions… And no further than a couple of days ago I was explaining my “rules” of personal style to another friend of mine… A curious coincidence, isn’t it? Or is it something more? Could it be a sign: a big, bold, into-your-face road sign clearly pointing the direction my blogging efforts should take?

What do you think?

Why I knit

When I tell strangers about my “little hobby”, eyebrows often fly up… Here is an illustrated answer to all who wonder why people knit their clothes instead of buying them.

First let’s take a look at a selection of items from the Spring-Summer 2015 collection by a big fashion retailer…

Strange Clothes Collage

Copyright: won’t tell to avoid compromising a long-loved retailer… To give them justice, not all of their items are like this.

And now – a couple of samples of handmade knitwear:

Beautiful Knits Collage

Copyrights, left to right: © Interweave Knits, © SoHo Publishing, © Kate Davies Designs

Any other questions?

PS: The patterns shown above are One Way Tee by Debbie O’Neill, Short Sleeve Pullover by Rosemary Drysdale and Epistrophy by Kate Davies.

PPS: One of these days I’ll learn to sew too. Just because…

strange pants