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Not much goes with orange…

Not only is orange a word with almost no rhymes at all, it’s a colour that doesn’t go with very many other colours. Or at least not in my wardrobe. Which is why, having successfully paired my orange top with one of my vintage print skirts, I found myself struggling to find a cardigan that would go and ended up wearing my slouchy M&S men’s cardi to work on the grounds that at least the colour was right.


Cardigan, top and tights – M&S
Skirt – vintage
Shoes – Clarks

Not the smartest outfit ever, but I think it was OK.

I’m usually a bit wary about mixing patterns together, but my new mac is rather forcing the issue unless I want to stick to only plain skirts (which is not going to happen). The effect as I was knitting on the bus on the way home was particularly floral:


(Clockwise from top: knitting bag, mac, skirt.)

Then again, I used to have floral patchwork dungarees, back in my hippy-student days…

Too warm for shawls

I realised this morning that my current knitting plans, which include lots and lots of small shawls, overlook one key consideration: even in a cooler yarn like merino tencel, once the temperature gets above about 18C I really don’t want things round my neck*. This realisation also led to today’s outfit being (shockingly) handknit-free.


Blouse – Per Una
Necklace – Accessorize
Vest – Next
Skirt – Boden
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Clarks

I may have to revise my knitting plans and make more cardigans, or possibly laceweight stoles I can actually wear as shawls rather than scarves. I do have several cardigans’ worth of summery yarns in stash, so this is not really a problem! I’m wondering about Lyttelton, because it’s so pretty and such a lovely tribute to the wonderful Humph, but I’m not entirely sure it will suit me – thoughts?

*I am slightly puzzled as to why 21C by the thermometer felt like a comfortable office temperature in which to be wearing a wool jumper and a shawl all winter, when 21C in April feels hot enough for me to think about getting my summer clothes out. Does anyone know?