Sunday, 21 September 2014

Seven snaps for seven days - weeks thirty seven and thirty eight

I have put these two weeks together as I haven't taken many photos recently. I am not sure why, it seems that either nothing was very inspiring or I missed my opportunity. Here are the ones that I did manage to take.


Having fun playing with my niece. She is very interested in feet at the moment!


A lovely sunny dog walk with my sister and my niece.


Having lots of fun doing a photo shoot with a friend for secret projects that we are working on. All will be revealed soon!


I love seeing the leaves starting to change colour. So many lovely colours on this creeper.


I made apple and blueberry crumble using apples from the tree in our garden. I love using this vintage Pyrex dish.


Loss is Eternal - a sand sculpture at my local Town Hall that commemorates the First World War.


Soothing mint tea in some cheerful pottery.


Lazy Sunday afternoon sofa nest with the papers, magazines, a book and a cuppa!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway, both on my blog and on my Facebook page when they couldn't work the blog comments.



I wrote everyones name on a scrap of paper, folded them up and put them in a bag.


Do you like my bag? I made it when I was about seven! It is an applique mushroom in case you can't tell! I keep my embroidery threads in it usually.

I gave the bag a good shake and picked out the winner. I did a little drum roll in my head.


The winner is Mim! Well done! 

Please email your details to me at handmadebykate-em@hotmail.co.uk and I will get everything packed up and posted to you.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Seven snaps for seven days - thirty six


Yummy and reasonably healthy pudding - raspberries, Greek yogurt, walnuts and a drizzle of honey.


Great display in a local shop window, animated rodents and Yorkshire Soap!


Excuse this one feet phobes, my niece and I!


Wearing my lovely cherry brooch that my mum crocheted for me.


The first apple harvest of the season from the tree in our garden.


Sunday afternoon at knitting group, this pattern made me laugh and I thought I would give it a go.

Don't forget to enter my 100th post giveaway!

Monday, 8 September 2014

My 100th post giveaway!

I am very excited to have reached my 100th blog post; it feels like quite a milestone. I am enjoying myself enormously writing this blog, having a place to explore all the things that are of interest to me.What is really lovely is that often they are of interest to other people too. Like every blogger, when I wrote my first few posts I was not sure if they would be read by anyone other than me, or my mum and dad - thanks mum and dad! So it is great to find other people reading and commenting, I am really liking this getting to know people through comments and chats. It turns out that blogging is really rather sociable and I like it! So, as a thank you for sticking around so far, I thought I would have a giveaway and my 100th post seems like the perfect opportunity.


In the background there is a beautifully embroidered vintage tray cloth and on top of that is a pretty floral handkerchief. To the right is a sleep mask.


Here is a close up of the lovely embroidered baskets of flowers and the bunches of flowers on the handkerchief.


The sleep mask is lovingly handmade by me from a 1950's pattern. The reverse of the mask is navy cotton with tiny white polka dots.


I thought that there needed to be a selection of knitting patterns.


Lots of great options here and time to make them before the cold weather comes!


This pretty lacy top and the next three pictures are from the Needlewoman and Needlecraft magazine.




The next two patterns are found in the Woman's Owen knitting booklet for 'you and him'!



This is how you can enter:

1. Leave me a comment at the end of this post.

2. Follow this blog on Bloglovin and leave me a comment at the end of this post to tell me that you have done so.

3. Like my Facebook page and leave me a comment at the end of this post to tell me that you have done so.

You are welcome to do all three things.

The giveaway will close at midnight on the 14th September. I will put all the entries in a hat and draw the winner. I am happy to post worldwide.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Seven snaps for seven days - thirty five

Just the six this week.


Part of a water feature in Manchester which has lots of sculptures of natural forms under the water.


Starting the rib of the sleeves of the cardigan.


Admiring my friend's tea cosy; having tea and biscuits whilst watching the Great British Bake Off.


I bought some 1930's needlework magazines, full of fantastic fashions.


I also bought some 1940's knitting books, packed full of great knits.


Having a fun, entertaining evening looking after our friends' son and puppy.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Top Ten 1940's twinsets

Last week I got an opportunity to buy some 1930's, 1940's and 1950's Stitchcraft, Needlewoman and Needlework, and Needlework Illustrated magazines. I haven't finished looking through them all yet but already I have seen many amazing pieces of knitwear. I love a vintage woollie! I am considering making a twinset for myself so I was paying particular attention to those patterns in my initial flick through. I thought it might be fun to compile a Top Ten of 1940's twinsets. It is by no means comprehensive, it is just out of my latest batch of magazines.

So, in no particular order:

From 1949.


Just look at that lovely decorative pattern. I really like the way it is repeated just along the edge and the cuffs of the cardigan.

If you think it looks good in black and white - take a look at this:


Yes please!

From 1948.



I like the way the cardigan buttons up to the top which means that the lovely pattern on the jumper is a surprise until the cardigan is undone. I like the use of two tone too. Apparently this could have been knitted for seven coupons.

From 1940.



This twinset is entitled 'for the coldest months'. It looks so cosy and warm. The stitch pattern is very pretty and the model is so glamorous. I have hair envy!


It is good to see this one in colour on the front cover. I like his casual Western style.


Isn't it pretty how the stripes peep out at the neck?! Also, the cardigan looks quite plain on the front cover but here you can see that it has a pattern and has a band of ribbing at the waist for shaping. I really like it.


It would be fun knitting all those stripes.

From 1945.


It is just possible to make out that the rib on the jumper follows a kind of sweetheart neckline which is a fabulous little detail. I do like a nice ribbed cardigan. This is entitled 'a well fitting twinset' and I would agree!

From 1949.


This uses a gorgeous honeycomb stitch pattern and I really like the look of the little collar as it pokes out over the edge of the V neck.


This is the amazing bow covered jumper of the twinset.


This is it paired with a lovely green cardigan. I feel very sorry for the model as the garment's title is 'a twinset for a plump youngster'! How offencive is that?! So I had a look to see what size this monstrous plump youngster would be. Guess what? A 36 inch chest! Yes really. So I am plumper than the plump youngster which is good to know!

From 1940.



This one has such an interesting stitch pattern, ribs and squares and bobbles. I think the light jumper, dark cardigan pairing works very well.

From 1940.



I adore this one. Deep rib at the waist and neck, puffed sleeves and a fantastic pretty stitch. It is just glorious.


Apparently this is the 'latest thing in twinsets'. 'Make yourself this delightful bolero, then knit a jumper to match. An easy rib and two strands of wool make short work of the jumper, and crochet trimmings in the colours used for the bolero add the finishing touch.Worn by itself the bolero would be delightful over summer dresses; worked in the colour scheme shown if you are dark, and in pastels if you are fair.


The bolero is made from woollen material.


This shows the lovely details on the jumper.

So many good ones to choose from. If a wardrobe full of 1940's twinsets opened up in front of you now which one would you pick?