I Will Stick To Sewing But …..

Egg head

Egg head

Its a blue wabbit!

Its a blue wabbit!

Rachel can do the knitting! A non knitter she as you may know from my previous blog had the right size needles BUT as they say a bad workman (that would be me moaning) blames his tools…. Rachel used standard sewing thread for the face and it is soooooo much better then my winking wabbit! ¬†Way to go Rachel, see there is a craft for everyone. ūüôā

I make an apron for R yesterday. She admired the fabric a while ago. I had bought it as genuine vintage but on its arrival it so WASN’T….. Initially a bit cross but when R admired it I made a mental note. mojo on the rise I got stuck in yesterday. Hope to have a picture of said item on it ‘s new owner soon but for now here’s the unmodelled apron.

R will be hostess with mostess at Christmas

R will be hostess with mostess at Christmas

Apron in genuine NOT fabric

Apron in genuine NOT fabric

With the rising mojo I have been meaning to make a simple winter maxi skirt for ages now, finally did it today. A jaw dropping 45 minutes beginning to end I immediately put it on with a super warm woolie as it’s turned pretty darned nips here in Blighty. Although a very basic design this will get worn loads. Just love a comfy, stretchy maxi for lolling around the house in.

Tomorrow, cutting out a pattern for a tunic top, a more challenging pattern. By that I mean more time consuming. Will share here with you first of course my dear reader ! X

Back of comfy 45 minute maxi skirt

Back of comfy 45 minute maxi skirt

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Brits Knit Their Way Through A War…..

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.. personally I am not so good at knitting being a needle woman and crochet fan, that said I can knit, just at a glacial pace!

Having one of those creative, insomniac nights in the week that I am sure you are all familiar with, I got bored pf pacing about with a head full of ideas so flicked the tv on at stupid o’clock just as company really.

As soon as I switched on, the tv was set to BBC Four and a programme was just starting called Fabric of Britain, Knittings Golden Age.

From the outset I found it so very interesting I knew immediately this would be my Sunday blog. Yes! Rather a wander away from my usual sewing and vintage fabric ravings but just really wanted to share it with you. I have set a link for you and I soooooo hope that international readers can access the programme as I am sure you too will find it fascinating.

A host of interesting and highly knowledgable crafts people interjected with some totally cool older folk talking about the importance of knitting. How for 60 years it dominated the UK and then fizzled away in the 1980’s only to now be reborn HOORAH!

The thoughts of the commentators were that in our highly wasteful and consumable age there are the beginnings of a fight back… why waste? why be a consumer sheep, following the crowd? why not try to make it myself?

I can attest to the fact there has been a rise in knitting, almost every High Street has a knitting shop or department again. We even get news of Urban (it’s not urban darnit, just can’t think of the word right now) ¬†Knitters who rather like a flash mob but for knitting. The population go to bed at night, wake up in the morning to find wonderful little knitted critters tieds to lamp posts, bridges, door handles and the likes.¬† How wonderful and generous of these people to use their wool and TIME to then leave their creations for the population…. bringing a smile and colour into otherwise very mundane lives (probably).

Anyway, I digress (what’s new I hear you mutter), I was fascinated to see big burly guys knitting away through WW2 years, how families sat and unpicked old jumpers and rolled them up for use again. We think we are getting a handle on recycling! We have a long way to go.

Of course for the Brits it was an absolute necessity as we were rationed within an inch of our lives so the Make Do And Mend campaign was essential.

The documentary tells of how the ladies of the 1920’s were quite frankly sick of being trussed up in corsets and rigid clothing so when Coco Chanel favoured jersey knits she started an absolute revolution that from that day to this changes fashion forever. GO Coco!

I have put together a little slideshow that I hope translates as I sat in front of my little kitchen tv, ipad clutched taking screen shots….. it only occurred to me part way through hence the slideshow is not the best representation of the programme SORRY!

Very¬†poigniently there is a section in the documentary where a lady from the V&A museum show pullovers made by POW’s and how they had make shift knitting needles made from Red Cross boxes. Not only did these men have the inginuity but the skill to do this. I felt rather humbled if I’m honest.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, even more I hope you are able to view the programme as I simply cannot do it justice here. If however, you are not able to access it I will make an effort to document as fully as possible the show should you want me to.

Knitting needles at the ready …… bet some of you are clever enough to knit and watch tv at the same time, not a skill I have but have seen it in action with my Nan who clicked her way through many a conversation, radio airing or tv show without dropping a stitch¬† WOW!¬† Happy Sunday everyone ūüėČ

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