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My (slightly late) November in Instagram!

December 4, 2013 · 10 comments

So November came and went so speedily that before I got around to writing this post it became December already! Oh well, better late than never as they say! Here’s a little peek into some things I got up to last month.


I have been messing around with pin curls recently and have become slightly hooked! It’s so nice to have curls that actually stay in (hot rollers and tongs produce very short lived results on my hair) plus it ‘s so great to wake up in the morning with your hair ready to go other than a quick brush! That being said I have got my timing wrong on a couple of occasions and ended up having to run out to the shops with curls still in looking like a slightly crazy lady with my headscarf on and no makeup.  I found these ‘new-old-stock’ vintage pin curl clips on eBay, they have waved prongs that sit over the curls to help avoid the pins from giving you any crimps! It’s a shame they no longer make these as they are very clever :) I will be doing a whole hair- related post soon as a couple of you have requested one recently.

camel hair and parapluie

I have been living in the camel hair coat that I made last winter and have been loving wearing it with my Topshop faux fur stole which is a lovely muted- peach shade. I have also been pairing it up with my little marcasite brolley brooch! For any of you who like brooches be sure to check out #noveltybroochfriday on Instagram!

Snuggle time

Gatsby and I have been doing a good amount of couch snuggling in cold winter evenings, he snoozes and I have been enjoying my latest read, a novel about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. I find that period of history and that literary set so fascinating and am hoping that this book will live up to The Paris Wife which is one of my favourite books about Hemmingway’s first wife.

Knitting plans

It was clearly the time to get cracking on the Christmas jumper! I decided to use the little Betty sweater pattern from Rowan Knitting Magazine number 50. My background is creamy white and I am doing the intarsia pattern in these lovely shades of pink and red. The Rowan wool cotton yarn is so so soft- perfect for something worn so close to the skin and it’s really nice to knit with too :) The only trouble with this pattern is that you have to knit nearly the whole front and whole back and join up the seams before you get to do the fun pattern part which is knitted in the round- very frustrating when you are as keen to see how it will turn out as I seem to be!

New old cardigan

On another knitwear related topic I was lucky enough to find this little gem after some serious vintage sweater stalking online. She is a  late 1950s / early 1960s beaded cardigan that is fully lined with silk, hand beaded in Hong Kong and is in brand new condition.  The blend they used for these cardigans is 70% lambswool 20% angora and 10%nylon and is incredible- soo warm and so soft and look at that beading- beautiful and so different to anything produced today.


This was a Monday evening after a horrible, horrible day. What could be better than mince pies to lift one’s spirits at this time of year, just the smell of them baking is enough to put me in a better mood! That and a glass of my favourite sherry from one of my pretty vintage sherry glasses. My husband found the discovery that I drink sherry hilarious but I think it seems entirely in keeping with my knitting addiction and love of vintage cardi’s, just call me Granny! ;)

How was your November? If you are on Instagram pop your Instagram name in the comments below and I will be sure to follow you!

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Aleksandra December 5, 2013 at 12:36 am

That sweater is all kinds of beautiful!

And your love of sherry reminds me of “Can You Keep a Secret?” — did you ever read that book? The sweet heroine in it has a secret love of sherry. :)
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Bec December 5, 2013 at 5:07 am

Such a cute little cardie!!! :)
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Rach December 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

Ooo that knit sounds gorgeous – can’t wait to see it! My November’s been coooold, but I’ve managed to do some good sewing projects. @Boonyboo89
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Suzie December 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

Oh my goodness – that vintage cardi is to die for!!! So beautiful, and so you! I made mince pies last weekend – and they are nearly all gone now! I would recommend this recipe for the pastry (it’s a bit of a faff to work with, but oh my, it melts in your mouth…sooooo good!). OK I was going to link to the recipe but it’s not letting me! Go to Good Food and search for ‘unbelievably easy mince pies’!
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Ruth December 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

Your Christmas jumper plans sound great – I love the look of the pattern so much I might have to track down the magazine for myself! And that cardigan is gorgeous!
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Clare Szabo December 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Oh my that cardigan is wonderful! I am drooling over that beading. I think my IG is clareyszabo x


Diane Calhoun December 6, 2013 at 4:45 am

I am so happy to have discovered your blog. I have to say that I have loved most everything you have made. As for the sweater, steeped in gorgeous beads…where oh where did you find THAT? Love the Marcasite…my MIL gave me a fabulous marcasite necklace that belonged to her mother.


Samantha December 11, 2013 at 2:42 am

Your blog is adorable and addictive. You have me thoroughly hooked on French seams now… thank you!


Nikele January 6, 2014 at 2:31 am

Your blog is absolutely adorable! I once found a similar cardi in yellow and with 3/4th sleeves while thrifting. It was pretty boxy and a size or 2 too large so I gave it away a couple years ago. Now I am so sad that I did! On another note, I’m really excited for the hair post!
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Ally & Woozle January 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I’ve discovered your blog one minute ago on Sew Home magazine and I’m totally in love with it! Ok, I have some reading for tonight ^_^
Happy New Year


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