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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
6:57 pm

Thank you for your suggestions for Christmas presents - my mum loved her Moebius scarf. 

So, crocheters and knitters, I need your advice again. I'm rubbish at finding decent patterns.
My Gran is 80 in April, and I want to make her a really nice present. She knitted me a scarf last year, which I loved, and I'd like to repay her. 
I was thinking a nice big lacy wrap, preferably crocheted as my lace knitting is painfully slow unless it's an easy pattern, which can be made up in a nice electric blue or pink or jade green lightweight yarn. Any ideas for patterns? I want it to be rectangular, not triangular - shawls are not so much her thing. Oh, and it has to be workable around the time I have left, although I could take it to India to work on in the evenings.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
1:48 pm - It's been a bit quiet around here of late....

I've been missing you browncardies.
I'm here, again, for knitting and crocheting inspiration! My mum's allergic to wool and doesn't like acrylics, but really would appreciate a handmade present this year. Any ideas of not too complicated patterns and yarns?

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
9:35 pm - Yo ho ho!

Check it out, me hearties!



current mood: silly

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Monday, September 11th, 2006
10:21 pm - Sewing machine

I'm looking at replacing my sewing machine quite soon.
Any makes and models I should look out for particularly (or conversely avoid!)?

I am looking for : electric, sews forwards and backwards, zigzag and has (preferably) one of those funky buttonhole feet that looks like a miniature ruler, so that you can sew the whole buttonhole without having to turn the fabric round. Not fussed about thousands of embroidery stitches.

Yes, I would like a treadle sewing machine so that I am free of electrical confusion (I have a tendency to fry and/or upset electrical things) but I don't think I'm very likely to find one :-)


current mood: chipper

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Thursday, September 7th, 2006
9:54 pm - Telly musings

Both kids are following a BBC1 series at the moment about some (very) towny, somewhat spoiled kids experiencing life as evacuated 1940s kids.

It's funny to see their reactions to tasks such as cooking, mending clothes, mucking out animals, eating what they're issued with (even if they don't like it much) and gardening.

What's even funnier is listening to our two commenting on their behaviour:
'What's her problem? Porridge is nice. I'm having some in the morning now!'
'Ooh! They're doing bread. I can make that. I'm better at cakes though'
'Mucking out's not that bad, come on!'
'She has an actual fridge in her actual bedroom at home? That's weird.'
'We wouldn't get away with THAT'

And so on.
We appear to have time-slipped (time-slap? time-slup? I dunno...)about 60 years backwards in our house...

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
8:57 pm - Mittens

Does anyone know where I could fiond character mitten patterns for kids? I do ladybirds, bees and butterflies with crocheted wings but I'd like to find some different ones...


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Sunday, March 26th, 2006
9:01 pm - Polishing my Brown Cardy badge!

This weekend the kids and I have:
Baked cakes and made lemon meringue pie
Got excited over the fact that the rhubarb is starting to grow
Done some hand sewing
Watched 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' and 'The Ladykillers'

I think my Brown Cardy credentials are intact!

current mood: pleased

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
10:58 pm

Hi there. Just wondered if any of you ever go to craft fairs and know of any in the London area?

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Sunday, March 19th, 2006
7:54 pm - Snip! Snap! Snip!

Oh now this is just nasty...


current mood: sick

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Friday, March 17th, 2006
8:39 pm - Two needles, dammit!

Does anyone have a good pattern for knitting gloves on two needles? I hate knitting on four but so far am having little success in finding one. I think such a pattern must exist - I have patterns for knitting mittens and socks on two, so why not gloves?!

current mood: frustrated

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Saturday, February 4th, 2006
7:53 pm - I'm concentrating so hard that my brain's stepped out for some air...

Hitting the knitting machine trail this afternoon. Have knitted the back of a jumper and a sleeve, after a few false starts and a modicum of inventive invective. Be impressed, it's not quite as straightforward as I was anticipating!

current mood: determined

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
11:42 am - Knit one, purl one...

Yesterday was a Good Day. It went something like this:

1. The Rocket mounts an expedition to Spar for the purchasing of the newspapers, fires up afterburners and effects re-entry.
2. The Rocket brews tea and reads same. The optical apparatus lights on the following advert: Wanted, hand and machine knitters, with a telephonic number attached. The tea is at some point drunk.
3. The telephonic attachment is utilised and contact is established.
4. The Rocket gathers examples of yarn-based output, packs star charts and sallies forth. This is a bold and pioneering move as the Rocket's guidance systems are barely adequate at best...
5. After much courageous navigation, in-flight refuelling and dodging of giant, mutant star goats (don't ask),the Rocket touches down in Moylgrove - far outside known space.
6. Captain and crew of the space station 'Blueberry Angoras' examine and approve the yarn based output and agree to pay the Rocket for the delivery of more output, made to their specifications and using approved materials.
7. The Rocket returns triumphant to the star base, effecting a minor diversion when the navi-comp went on the fritz, probably due to tea in the workings and likely aided by the crew being too busy singing along to Green Day to notice the turning...

So there you are - I'm getting paid to knit jumpers - how cool is that?!

current mood: bouncy

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
10:57 am - Bottles

I have a preserving question: I have some large, empty coffee jars with very tight lids. Do you think I could use them for bottling fruit instead of kilner jars? The seal must be pretty airtight as it keeps the coffee nicely dry, my only concern is whether the plastic part on the inside of the lid would stand up to being in the oven...

current mood: curious

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Friday, December 9th, 2005
2:28 pm

Has anyone tried the knitting patterns from the 40s on the V&A's site? Just wanted to recommend them - I'm making the men's gloves and they're knitting up just lovely.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005
8:57 am - Market research

I am thinking of increasing the range of stuff I make. I currently do:
Patchwork quilts
Greetings cards
Hair accessories
Scarves, hats and mittens (inc. kids)

I am considering the following and would welcome your comments; what would you or people you know be interested in?
Patchwork skirts/trousers/tops
knitted jumpers
Gothic themed stuff (most of my current stuff is very hippy!)
Gothic kids clothes

current mood: curious

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Monday, November 28th, 2005
3:44 pm

I though I'd reccomend a film because this is my first post and I'm a bit of a film addict and
havent got much to say. Its called 'Me Without You.'
Its British and absolutly amazing, about 2 best friends growing up through the 70's etc.
Very good thought not that old. Thought someone might be interested.
On another note, the 'Lucy Show' is out on box set for £12 from www.play.com
for anyone who loves it as much as me! xxx

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Friday, November 25th, 2005
12:00 am

Hi everyone, *waves* I'm the new one. I dont really remember how I stumbled accross this community but I figure it's for me.
I'm obsessed with old things generally (and a massive cardi wearer!) I just generally think things were better back in the day.
I use old words and say embarassing things (much to my boyfriends dismay) such as 'rumpy pumpy' and I love old films too.
I'm known for my slightly grannish behaviour, and my idol is Eastenders, Dot Cotton, I think shes brilliant. I have a cigarette
holder, and a slight obsession for old handbags such as brown crocodile baquettes and I love to have matching slingbacks.
Lots of old things make me happy, etiquette, manners, handbags, old music and my mac. Apparently I dance like an old man too.
Well its nice to meet you all, sorry that was a bit of a rubbish introduction. Hopefully I'll have a few more interesting posts
to make.
Lots of love,

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Friday, November 18th, 2005
3:29 pm

I'm a little poor this year and want to make crafty presents for my family to bulk out their main presents. My sister and mum are reasonably easy, as is my 13-year-old brother. However, I'm a little stuck for my elder brother and dad. They're both quite big men, so I'm certainly not knitting them a jumper. I can knit, do calligraphy, sew and I'm not bad at drawing. Anyone got any ideas?

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Sunday, November 13th, 2005
7:53 am - Good morning...

Good morning all,

Having just joined this community yesterday I thought I'd better introduce myself: I am Little Yellow Rocket, I am 31 years old, married and step-mum to two girls (who are also showing brown cardy tendencies) and I found this community while looking for morris dancing communities (not quite sure how that came about...).
My dress sense belongs to the eighties, my personality to the sixties (so I'm told) and my hobbies to the forties - so it's possible I might fit in!

My brown cardy credentials are: I knit and crochet, sew clothes and patchwork, make my own jams and chutneys, cook like my mother (and my grandmother for that matter), morris dance, grow my own fruit and veg. and sell craft items at Country Markets (formerly the WI markets).

I currently own three cardies, my favorite being a navy one I knitted years ago with a diamond pattern worked into the cuffs and bottom in purples and big pockets.

Pleased to make your acquaintance!

current mood: chipper

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Sunday, October 30th, 2005
3:13 pm - An introduction

Hello! I stumbled across this community when looking for knitting tips and think it could be my spiritual home! I'm 26, my favourite cardie is red and I adore old clothes, costume jewellery and crafts. I knit, make bobbin and knitted lace, sew skirts and try to make my own designs for them. I also want to learn to crochet, make doilies and patchwork. I love sitting in at a weekend with Radio 2 and a nice cup of tea, with bread or cakes in the oven. When I moved recently, I brought a basket of tea with me on the bus and garnered a few strange looks. I also adore old manuals, and currently covet a reprinted guide to etiquette that I saw in a book shop. I would have adored living in the 40s or 50s. I even love the comedy of the era, hunting out old Goon shows and Hancock's Half Hour. My ex-flatmates called me grandma, mostly because of the knitting but probably linked to my finickitiness - I hate a misplaced apostrophe! So anyway, this is me - hope to while away some time with you all.

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