Colour: Autumn accents 2

 

Top left: “Helmkraut/ Scutelleria” and bottom right: “Images of Seeds” by Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Scuppy 

I thought I was the only one obsessing about purple recently. It seems Elle UK (bottom left) also thinks various purple tones will be a thing this coming season. And now, I’ve learned, that Pantone has just renamed a certain purple tone in honour of Prince.

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And it’s called Love Symbol #2. I don’t know if it’s crazy or not, but I think I might actually have two balls of yarn in this colour, somewhere in my stash. I have to go check. Honestly, I was thinking that Prince’s purple would’ve been a touch lighter, with some glitter.

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Colour: Autumn Accents

Is it just me, or is this golden yellow going to be a major accent colour for autumn?

 

Top right: Ladies’ short pullover by Tanja Steinbach: / Bottom middle: Goldsmobile Top by Danielle Chalson / Bottom middle: Alice+Olivia Jazmine cropped stretch knit top (Theoutnet.com); Zeus+Dione Pleiades pleated linen-chambray culottes (Net-a-porter.com); Rag&Bone Margot Suede Ankle Boots (stylebop.com); Shan Gold Chavron Layered Necklaces (prettylittlething.us); Lord&Taylor Gold Arrow End Cuff (Lord&Taylor.com); Roberto Collina Knitted Sweater (farfetch.com)

Foto sources: author, Ravelry, Polyvore.com

Looks like a good’un: Slow Reading 1

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I’ve been reading this book since mid-May. And it’s been great. Now I’ve been known to tear through novels. And I do, but sometimes books come along that deserve a slow reading.  Some need to be savoured, pondered, even digested. Chapter by chapter. This one one of them: Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (It’s just come out this spring in Germany with the title Pause. A little bit unfortunate, because that has the primary usage of taking a break. But one word titles are punchy, sooo…).

I’m not quite finished, but I’m thoroughly enjoying Soojung-Kim Pang’s writing style and the content of his book. (He even mentioned knitting, y’all! Page 35!) First off, the book illcits lots of cheeky smiles and raised eyebrows that beg the question, “You’re not doing any physical hard labour, so why do you need to rest?” Well, no I’m not. And yet…

Soojung-Kim Pang talks about rest, and the other side of the coin work, and creativity. He describes how our society views work, overwork and rest; and how we can look at uniquely creative and prolific people of the past (thanks for including men AND women where possible!), and modern brain research and optimize the creativity in our maker/ crafting lives.

His blog is called Deliberate Rest (at the time of writing, the link was broken), and his company is called The Restful Company. He also has an e-book about his morning routine, which will probably thrill Kara, my Internet-friend who convinced me to cultivate the habit of getting up early.

I’m on the chapter about naps. About how to time your nap to either energize your mind or your body. Cool stuff. Of course I tried it out! I’ll get back to you once I’ve finished the book, but for now, when last did you take a nap?

 

 

#Fashionrevolution summer school

Summer is upon us. When my classes start to wind down, I like to start thinking about imagesummer school. To learn something and keep the grey cells turning over despite the rising temperatures.

This spring, I signed up for the Fashion Revolution newsletter, to keep abreast of what is going on in the sustainable fashion sector. A week ago, a they mentioned a new free e-course in the newsletter. It’s called Who Made Your Clothes, run by Fashion Revolution and the University of Exeter on the Futurelearn platform. This is my first time on the Futurelearn site, but it looks easy to use and so far some very interesting people are signing up in the discusssion forums. The course teachers plans to share with us more about the behind the scenes of the fashion industry – how exactly our clothes get made and to us.  I hope to network with industry people, designers, bloggers and activists in sustainable fashion, and hope to be able to showcase some new and interesting things in the near future.

That’s what I’ll be knitting to this summer. And you?

 

 

(Fotosource: Wool and the gang)

Could be a good’un: This beautiful Fantastic

I’m looking forward to a summer full of action movies: because I am a mum of boys. Still, every once in a while, I like to see a grown-up film with my girlfriends. And this looks like it might be a good one.

 

Going to confess, I would have overlooked this film if I’d just gone with the title, This Beautiful Fantastic. It just sounds like a bunch of adjectives strung together, marketing the film to folks who have time to watch the film to find out what the title means. So for the first time ever, I actually GET why the marketers changed the title to Der wunderbare Garten der Bella Brown, which means “the wonderful garden of Bella Brown.” The title for french audiences means “the marvellous secret garden of Bella Brown.” Sometimes things can get clearer in translation.

Right away, I GET what the movie is about. With a name like Bella Brown and something about gardens, I know she’s probably English. A summer movie about gardens? Sounds like a winner! Plus, the language of the title and the way the poster is styled automatically calls another quirky heroine to mind:

 

 

Amélie Poulain from the film, which in German is titled “Die fabelhafte Welt der Amélie” or “the fabulous/ fairytale world of Amélie.” We viewers connect so much more easily with someone when we see their face, their eyes and can connect it with a name. Worked for Amélie (in fact, it worked so well, that there’s a whole cohort of 13-15 year-old girls in Germany, who are called Amélie or some variation thereof!).

And of course knitwear: at some point she moves from a terribly buttoned-up assistant librarian to wearing this lovely piece:

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Which reminds me of Lene Holme Samsøe’s Nikita sweater. I’m not sure if it is a counterpane. But cables and lacy mesh with raglan shaping. Sounds like a winner. Now if I could just figure out why she’s wearing such a gorgeous sweater to do garden work…

 

Sources: posters from imdb.com, last one a screenshot from the trailer.