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Turquoise and magenta and cats, oh my!

A surprising number of people commented on how co-ordinated my outfit today looked, possibly because the cardigan and the tights matched so well. In any case, it was a very cheering outfit.

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Shawl – Galathea
Cardigan – Monsoon
Dress – White Stuff
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Arche

Tuesday brights

People kept asking me today if I was trying to look springlike. I don’t actually think of bright pink as being particularly a spring colour, but it was certainly cheerful on another wet, grey day.

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Shawl – Galathea
Jacket – Debenhams
Dress – Boden
Tights – M&S
Boots – Gabor

Meanwhile, I have been swatching for an orange cardigan, because I bought 10 balls of Rowan Cotton Jeans in a lovely reddish-orange years ago and thought it would be nice and cheerful. I want to make Metro from Twist Collective, because I think the open-fronted style would suit me and it’s a neat enough shape to be suitable for work, and Antje from The Yarn Cake has one and it looks lovely. Unfortunately, swatching with 5mm needles got me 16 stitches to 4 inches, instead of the 18 stitches in the pattern. I went down to 4.5mm needles and did a proper swatch which I washed and dried flat and everything (mostly because I couldn’t get the same number of stitches twice measuring the few rows I’d knitted). I’m pretty sure I’ve got 17 stitches to 4 inches this way, but I definitely don’t want to go down to 4mm needles; I think even on 4.5mm the fabric is a bit stiff, though then again I don’t want it to be too floppy. Anyway, I’ll probably cast on for a size smaller than normal with 4.5mm needles, though in fact I might do the back in the 33.5in size (in lieu of the 37in size, which works for my high bust measurement) and the fronts for the 37in size (which would be better for my actual bust). Or should I just do bust darts? I think I probably need to sit down with a pen and paper and a calculator and think this out properly. No wonder I mostly stick to shawls and socks…

One of these days I’ll have something interesting to say…

I don’t think today is that day, though. The weather continues arctic and putting together outfits that are warm enough remains a challenge (though I did find a bright pink boiled wool jacket on the sale rails at the back of East today, having ignored all the summer frocks and linen jackets at the front of the shop, and promptly bought it). I’m more exhausted than depressed right now, but at least my office has a five-day Easter break so I’m now off until Tuesday. It’s not impossible that I won’t so much as poke my nose out into the cold for the next five days. And there’s bound to be some crafting to talk about over the weekend, too.

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Shawl – Galathea
Jacket – Jigsaw
Dress – East
Boots – Duo

WEAR ALL THE COLOURS!

Today’s outfit ended up being particularly cheerfully coloured. Which was some compensation for it being a grey Friday at the end of a long week, at least.

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Shawl – Galathea
Jacket – Debenhams
Brooch – Susan Sharpe on etsy
Dress – East
Tights – M&S
Boots – Duo

More brights

Another colourful outfit today; I normally wear this dress with greens and teals but today it struck me that it would work just as well with pink.

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Shawl – Galathea
Jacket – secondhand from friend
Dress – East
Tights – M&S
Boots – Duo

Meanwhile, the sun has been out. There are snowdrops.

Snowdrops in the sunshine

And even a crocus.

Crocus

Maybe it will actually be spring soon!

Green day

The trouble with wearing jackets to work is that an awful lot of jackets are dry-clean only (or are labelled as dry-clean only, at least). And while I have a fairly cavalier attitude to washing instructions, good jackets (by which I mostly mean my two Jigsaw jackets) don’t come cheap (even massively reduced in the sale) and I’m loath to risk ruining them, especially as I may not be as lucky looking for replacements in the sale as I was finding the originals. And dry cleaning may remove surface dirt, but it doesn’t deal with water-based stains such as, not to put too fine a point on it, sweat. To be honest, I’m not entirely convinced about the surface dirt, as I never really seem to be able to detect any noticeable change in clothes when they come back from the cleaners apart from the fact that they’ve been hung on a wire hanger inside a plastic bag, but I’m prepared to give that the benefit of the doubt; the inability to deal with sweat, however, is undeniable (and apparently backed up by Science). And I try to walk to work, which tends to result in a healthy glow by the time I arrive in the office; the end result is that my jackets eventually reach the stage where I start to feel nervous about wearing them to work in case the underarms smell bad enough for other people to notice.

I don’t want to stop wearing jackets – I feel more professional in them and I think they suit me. And I don’t want to stop walking to work, because it’s the only form of exercise I’m ever going to get around. So I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the only thing to do is to have a ‘walking cardigan’ as well as walking shoes, and carry my jackets to work in my backpack along with my work shoes/boots and my packed lunch. So much for walking to work being exercise that doesn’t need preparation or special clothing!

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Shawl – Galathea
Jacket – Jigsaw
Dress – East
Boots – Gabor

Still, today’s jacket seems to have coped with being folded up in my backpack for an hour, and indeed with my attempts at cleaning it by dunking the underarm regions in a basin of warm water and Soak while attempting to keep the rest of it dry. It would probably wash OK, really…

Purple and magenta

The bright tights theme continued today with Cadbury-purple tights, though as they were more or less a match for my dress, and it pretty much reached the tops of my boots anyway, it was less obvious. Still, I knew they were there, and was jolly glad of it.

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Shawl – Galathea
Dress – Mary Portas
Boots – Gabor

Doesn’t take much to rip us into pieces

Sadly, April hasn’t taken the rain away with it, so this morning I decided to try taking photos in the conservatory. The fourth shelf of the bookcase was too high, and I couldn’t get my feet in the picture, while the third shelf was really too low, but balancing the camera on the Swallows and Amazons hardbacks which live on the third shelf seemed to do the trick:

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Shawl – Galathea
Dress – Gap
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Clarks

Though actually, I don’t really mind the rain that much. I get to wear my new raincoat, and as I tend to be depressed at this time of year miserable weather feels more in keeping with my mood.

I only realised a couple of years ago why it is I tend to get so depressed in late April and early May. It’s completely ridiculous, really. I’m depressed because my birthday is coming up. I had some very miserable birthdays when I was a teenager; in particular my thirteenth birthday, when the girls I thought were my friends didn’t speak to me all day, much less acknowledge that it was my birthday, and my seventeeth, when there wasn’t even anyone I expected to acknowledge my birthday. And even though my seventeenth birthday was almost twenty-one years ago the approach of the date still takes me back to being that miserable, lonely teenager for whom birthdays were just another reminder of her isolation.

But really, it’s ridiculous to spend my life haunted by the ghosts of my schooldays. So maybe I should stop dreading my birthday, and start trying to remember that I’m not a friendless teenager any more, I’m a grown woman with a lot of lovely friends, even if most of them are too far away to see very often, and that I even get to see some of my friends on my birthday this year as it coincides with knitting group (and with such delights as a system patch and one of my team’s last day, but you can’t have everything). And maybe talking about it will help (hence this post).

Anyway, normal service will be resumed tomorrow (or whenever I next get a decent outfit/crafting photo, anyway); the lovely A Girl In Winter has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger award, so I will be posting about that soon!

Daylight

I’ve been feeling pretty badly depressed lately, a combination of work-stress and SAD exacerbating my normal issues to the point where, quite frankly, getting out of bed feels like a pretty big achievement in itself. Still, it was a little bit easier today when I realised that the sky in east was already starting to lighten at 6am, and by quarter to seven it was actually light enough for me to go and take my outfit photos outside for the first time since September.

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Shawl – Galathea
Cardigan – clothes swap
Dress and tights – M&S
Boots – Gabor

The shawl and tights were also part of an attempt to cheer myself up enough to get through a day I was expecting to be fairly difficult. They obviously worked; I managed to get through to five o’clock and then decided that I was going to leave on time and walk part of the way home in the last of today’s sunshine. Which did help. It may not quite be spring yet, and the weather has turned quite chilly again, but at least it feels like winter is on its way out.

The opposite of blue

I thought maybe my fuchsia tights would help to keep the January blues at bay…

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Scarf – Galathea
Jacket – bought from friend
Dress and tights – M&S
Boots – Gabor

I’ve worn these Gabor boots several times already – I don’t quite know how I managed without a pair of black boots for so long!