Author Archives: Georgie Portersson

Nanna’s Mini Me Coat Tricks

I was happily knitting in the sitting room the other day – desperately trying to get to the end of a sweater front when the phone went – it was a daughter asking if I still had my sewing machine.  Well this was unusual – I’m always chatting to her about knitting and what projects …

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Sewing Skills Missing A Generation

I have recently been handed an old sewing machine that my mother in law used to own.  I can’t ever say I’ve seen it in their bungalow and if I did, certainly not with the cover off.  to say Ma was not big in sewing or knitting is probably an understatement.  I would happily take …

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Like Riding A Bike, Knitting Skills Never Die

I’m currently in the middle of knitting a nice green sweater for myself.   Thereby hangs a very long but amusing tale regarding this choice of colour, the yarn, and especially the pattern.  I actually bought green because of a lovely skirt I found in a charity shop.  It would have been expensive new, so worth …

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Moving Away From Cheap Ready Made Clothing

My family got used to having home made clothes – grandma was a fantastic seamstress.    During her years in service when she was taught to mend and then make clothes for the family she worked for.  Living in, she was the youngest member staff and learned from the bottom up.  Her employers rewarded good …

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Stylish & Warm Winter Woolies Beckon

In my quest to find some different styles of knitwear, I’ve been scouring the older magazines that I know hold stocks of patterns.  I really fancied an a-line, hip length sweater rather than the hip hugging ribbed cuff type that seem to dominate the sweater design market.  I have had a devil of a job …

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Making Poppies Even More Appealing

I have been undertaking a serious promise made to some pals at the heritage house I help out at.  They’re wanting to put on a display of hundreds of knitted, crocheted and handmade poppies for the 100th Armistice day celebrations in November.  I have never learned to crochet so have done many of them using …

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Homeless Charity Repairs, Restores & Now Retails Online

I was out with some ladies from a local over 50’s group – instead of sitting playing bingo and card games, once a year they go out for afternoon tea.  This year we visited a local community based homeless charity that takes in old and unloved stuff, mends and restores it to life and then …

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Silver Surfing Online With Knitting & Sewing Fans

When I was travelling out and about with a group of ladies the other day, I was struck how busy most of them seem to be in the day time.  For a change, the conversation didn’t seem to be all about daytime tv or endless soap operas.  I was absolutely fascinated by the wide range …

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Needlework Lessons – What Could Have Been

I have an acquaintenance who is very quiet, an unassuming lady, gentle and never says booh to a goose.  I was therefore totally surprised when we were just chatting about this and that, and it transpires she has been an exsquisite needlewoman all her adult life and even better, actually tailors clothing still.  This skill …

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Home Crafted Poppies For Centenary Of The Fallen

I belong to two groups of volunteers – all very worthy and great support and fun, especially for anyone who used to work outside the home and finds themselves rather isolated after that ceases.   Others are in the caring community and do activities with the less fortunate.  Another group are crafters – my word they …

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