A Blog for Modern Traditionalists

Month: November 2013

The Nostalgic Library: The Canadian Living Complete Preserving Book

The Nostalgic Library: The Canadian Living Complete Preserving Book

If you’re under the impression that canning is a sweaty, steamy summer activity, you are forgiven. Most canning cookbooks concentrate on sealing away those fresh summer flavours, and rightly so. There’s nothing like a jam made from strawberries on the selfsame day they basked in […]

Color Recipes for Painted Furniture: An Interview with Annie Sloan

Color Recipes for Painted Furniture: An Interview with Annie Sloan

(All photos copyright Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and more by Annie Sloan CICO Books, $24.95 US; $28.95 CAD www.cicobooks.com Photo credit: Photography by Christopher Drake) Halt your carts, Ikea shoppers! There is so much furniture already out there in the world – wonderful, solid furniture […]

Pacific Coast Knitting, from LAX to YYJ

Pacific Coast Knitting, from LAX to YYJ

Thanks to our inclusion in a special program at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to meet a great new friend when we first flew down in August.

Staci Perry is the maven behind Very Pink Knits, a successful YouTube channel that coaches knitters both new and veteran through the magic of the internet. I immediately developed a fondness for Staci, so the fact that I’ve become interested in yarn and all the weird knots you can make with it was a bonus!

Staci asked me to be a guest on one of her episodes called “Extra Stitches” back in August. I thought it would be appropriate to post it on The Life Nostalgic, given that this blog champions all the old fashioned (read: granny) crafts!

As for my own knitting adventures, I’ve been fiercely working on my very first wearable project: the “Wheat” scarf by Tin Can Knits. It was suggested to me by my friend Shannon Cook, who is part of a top-notch group of knitters I’ve joined back home.

Journey Shannon Cook Jane Richmond

Speaking of which, Shannon recently teamed up with another member of Victoria knitting royalty, Jane Richmond, and wrote a crazy cool book called Journey. I know I’m not even close to being able to knit the West Coast-inspired garments in Journey, but it’s modern, wearable patterns like this that are carrot on the end stick for me.

Even though it feels like I ought to be about seventy years old now – that’s how long it feels like I’ve been knitting my scarf – the process has been most enjoyable and I find myself craving the meditative effect that knitting has. How did I ever fly without this hobby?

Also, I hereby christen this the “Selfridge Scarf” as I trucked through the entire first season of Mr. Selfridge on Netflix whilst working on it. What costume drama should I watch next?