This week, I have a little history and a little knitting that I’ve found around the web. I hope you enjoy the links!
- There is a wonderful episode of Stuff You Missed in History about the WWII Russian women’s flying division called the Night Witches. Fascinating!
- Meet Victoria of Origins of a Land Girl on Va-Voom Vintage. Victoria is a modern land girl who bakes, works on a sheep farm and collects hats. I’ll be adding her blog to my RSS feed for sure.
- The Atomic Redhead visits the first Case Study House. I love the mid-century architecture adventures and I love that she shares images of these buildings today as well as history of their origins.
Knitting and Fiber Fun:
- There is a beautiful piece on Seamwork about a sheep farm in Tennessee and the love of sheep and wool.
- Tickety Boo Tupney finished an amazing, airy knit pullover for spring! I love the velvet bow accent too.
- Have you heard of the alternative to the Surprisingly stretchy bind-off know as the Miraculous Elastic bind-off? I heard it described as easier to remember and equally stretchy. I will definitely be trying it soon!
- My dear friend Laura modeled her “I like to party” sweatshirt on her most recent episode of her video podcast, The Corner of Knit and Tea.
The best thing about knitting is an excuse to sit in front of the TV. And the best channels to tune into are TCM and AMC to watch classics. I love old movies, especially screwball comedies like The Thin Man, It Happened One Night and His Girl Friday so when a friend recommended a blog called Self-Styled Siren, I clicked to it immediately. What fun! The site is filled with great info about classic films, film stars and current releases of classic films.
The blog hostess of Self-Style Siren, Farran Smith-Nehme has also written a novel called Missing Reels. Its gotten some praise over on Amazon as a favorite book for 2014 and its about old movies and falling in love in NYC in the 1980s so its sounds like fun too. I think I might download the ebook version so I can start reading it tonight. So, I guess reading and knitting will be my modus operandi for the foreseeable future?
This is a chaotic list of links and a couple videos but I hope you’ll enjoy them.
The Truth about Vintage Knitting Patterns and Copyright (via Michele Marck Knitwear): Some details about the complications surrounding old knitting patterns. Very informative!
I like the idea of learning to sew but I just don’t have much time these days. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good sewing craft magazine and the new Seamwork magazine from the folks at Colette looks beautiful with pieces with classic good looks.
Tickety Boo Tupney made a fantastic bobble cardigan for the holidays. Admire the bobbliciousness!
(via By Gum By Golly)
Isn’t this a fab chunky cable sweater? Its the Convertible Cardigan by Wenlen Chia knit up by Ms. By Gum By Golly. Lovely and super toasy!
Check out this historically accurate 1920s make-up tutorial. I’m thinking a 20s vibe for the holidays and New Year’s could be a great fashion option this year. I love the 20s look!
And while we’re thinking about the 20s, I found this modern electro-swing playlist on YouTube. Put it on in the background and groove out to a great vintage-influenced assortment of jazzy tunes.
Knitting trends of the 1940s (via Chronically Vintage)
A guest post by Ms. Cherry from She Knits in Pearls with a great overview of 1940s knitting and resources.
Before Knitting There Were Books! (via Just Call Me Ruby)
This is a great primer on vintage knitting books and booklets. It’s lead me to seek out some of these older knitting books and I look forward to adding more to my collection.
a knitted 1930’s neck warmer … (via Dottie Angel)
I think Tif Fusel is one of the most creative individuals on the internet. Her sense of Granny Chic style leaves me enrapt. I wish I had such a vintage-y, unique look. Maybe if I knit up her whimsical neck warmer, I might be one step closer to her fabulousness?
(Video tutorial of Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off via Ysolda
The Age of Motoring (via The Vintage Knitter)
There are beautiful 20s illustrations of motors in this post and reminded me of the cars in Foyle’s War.
Great Weekend Mitts (via The Vintage Knitter)
Darling, simple mitts pattern and a fabulous tea cup!
Don’t Tell Alfred (Mitford, 1960) (via Behind The Curtain)
A lovely review of the third book in the Nancy Mitford series that starts with The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. I have purchased Love in a a Cold Climate but did not know there were additional books in the series.
Interview with Elinor Florence, author of WWII novel, A Bird’s Eye View (via Chronically Vintage)
This is an interview of first-time novelist Elinor Florence. Her novel is about Canadian women who enlist in active services during WWII. It sounds like an intrguing book to add to my to-read list and the interview is enlightening.
Lest We Forget (via Just Call Me Ruby)
In honor of her Great Uncle Herbert who served in the Great War, she created a warm, simple scarf pattern (Herbert’s Scarf) to honor his commitment. I might need to knit one for my soldier.
VE Day 1945 by Lowry (via The Persephone Post)
A lovely painting that focuses on the joy of the end of the war. This is from one of my favorite blogs (full of lovely paintings from the early 20th century) from an amazing book publisher that reprints lost classic books of the early 20th century, mostly written by women.
Ten Reasons to Write Letters (via The Postman Rings Twice)
I love to write letters but lately I’ve had too many irons in the fire and my letter-writing has taken a backburner. I’m hoping with the cooler weather, I’ll have more time to use every one of these ten reasons to write some letters.
I found two different posts this week about ways to make vintage fashion look less costume-y. The first was about making vintage fashion look appropriate for any age which focuses on what I consider “classic looks” and the second article was about finding your vintage look without looking like a re-enactor (unless you want to).
Both articles focus on doing what’s right for you. If you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself because you’re shy or just dipping your toe into vintage looks, these are super helpful. You might have a job that requires you to look “professional” and co-workers might scoff if you come to work in head-to-toe vintage. But a classic pencil skirt, crisp white blouse and a vintage pin might pass under their radar and feel totally vintage to you.
Vintage (Style) Can Be Appropriate (via Quirky Girl Likes Vintage)
Dressing Vintage: 10 Simple Tips to Avoid Looking Costumey (via Wearing History)
And for something knitting-related, Ysolda created a beautiful photo tutuorial for doing a provisional crochet cast-on. I always forget how to do this and struggle to figure it out. She makes it look so clear and easy to understand.
Technique Thursday — crochet provisional cast on (via Ysolda)
Just a quick reminder that, as well as loving vintage fashion, I also have a manic love for office supplies particularly vintage, classic and beautiful. So if you haven’t noticed the link in the sidebar, I thought I’d put a reminder about my other blog, The Well-Appointed Desk here. I include images of beautiful workspaces, office supplies, pencils and typewriters and anything else that might help inspire during the daily office grind.
There are a lot of amazing vintage fashionistas all over the internet. As I get more involved in the vintage culture, I am sure I will find more blogs that I love but I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of my favorites, in no particular order.
Some Girls Wander by Emily Winfield Martin
I found Emily’s art blog and her vintage blog ages ago and have always admired her for doing her own thing. Her look is a little bit storybook and a little bit vintage and wholly her own.
Diary of a Vintage Girl by Fleur de Guerre
Who in the vintage community doesn’t think Fleur is the poster girl for the modern vintage girl? She is so beautiful with such a great sense of style and manages to mix vintage and repro looks to create one very authentic vintage vibe.
Casey of Casey's Elegant Musings
Casey is so talented and beautiful and shares so much on her blog. I’ve really enjoyed her 30 days/30 pieces series since I have such a small vintage wardrobe at the moment.
Tara of The DC Metro Retro
As a fellow fringe-girl, I love seeing how Tara incorporates her great make-up, hairstyles and fashion to make a great vintage look.
I’ll post more of my favorite ladies in the coming weeks since there are so many wonderful vintage bloggers to discover. If you have any recommendations, please post them in the comments! Thanks!!!
If you haven’t discovered Pinterest, I highly recommend going and checking it out. Its a visual organizing tool for things you find on the internet or things you upload. You can sort images into folders called “pinboards” with a specific theme so that its easier to go back and find things later. Best of all is the script widget (“Pin it!”) that you put in your browser bar that allows you to add images from any website without having to do a whole array of copy-and-paste with URLs. All the links to the original web site are preserved so if you mark a favorite pair of shoes on Zappo’s, when you click on the image on your pinboard, it takes you directly to the page at Zappo’s.
I have made dozens of pinboards filled with my favorite things, from colors and scooters to, of course, clothes! Here’s a little peek at a few of my favorite boards:
My favorite board, my Vintage Fashionista board!
My Shoe Whoore Board. Aren't some of these shoes fabulous?
My Bag Lust board