Favourite Fictional Closets

I recently watched Killing Eve and immediately became obsessed with Villanelle’s wardrobe. This isn’t the first time I have been dreaming about a character’s fictional closet. This is my latest fixation. So that in mind, I figured I would share the list with you in the form of a Five Fandom Friday. The list of five fictional characthers whose wardrobes I want to raid!

Five Fictional Closets I Want To Raid
  1. Mary Margaret Blanchard (Once Upon a Time)
    Fictional Closet: Mary Margaret Blanchard
    Mary Margaret Blanchard has appeared on several of my Five Fandom Friday lists. On both the favourite fictional teacher and character I’d like to dress as for Halloween list. So it will come as no surprise, that I love Mary Margaret’s wardrobe. In the first season as a teacher in Storybrooke. She wore beautiful floral skirts, cute blouses and cosy cardigans. But the items in her wardrobe I loved the most where her gorgeous winter coats and wool berets.
  2. Jo Stockton (Funny Face)
    Fictional Closet: Jo Stockton
    You could argue Audrey Hepburn’s greatest on-screen wardrobe was that in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In contrast, I am more of a fan of her clothes in Funny Face. The movie is set during the beatnik era, and as such her wardrobe contains Capri trousers, boatneck tops and classic trench coats. In the storyline, Hepburn becomes a model in Paris and as a result models the most amazing outfits. The clothes were all designed by Givenchy and Edith Head. Who also designed the clothes in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  3. Veronica (Veronica Mars Movie)
    Fictional Closet: Veronica Mars
    Veronica Mars’ wardrobe in the television programme was very much that of a quirky, preppy student. However, I adored her more ‘grown-up’ look in the Veronica Mars movie. Her look is created by layering textured tops under a blazer. Paired with classic jeans and boots combination. I especially loved the draped neck top she wore to the club. However, the highlight of the movie was when she once again donned her leather jacket and studded camera bag from the television show. As you can imagine, I cannot wait for next year to see the new season and more of her amazing wardrobe.
  4. Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)
    Fictional Closet: Clara Oswald
    Clara’s wardrobe is probably the closest to my own. We both wear floral or tartan dresses, with woolly tights and chunky boots. I even have the leather jacket and red satchel! Although our styles are similar, that doesn’t mean I don’t have total envy at her dress collection! As well as her everyday clothes, let’s not forget the beautiful period pieces she wore.  For example, the 1920’s beaded dress from Mummy’s on the Orient Express or the party dress from The Cold War episode.
  5. Villanelle (Killing Eve)
    Fictional Closet: Villanelle
    I loved all of Villanelle’s outfits! The wrap dress she wore with white trainers. The blue summer dress and of course the stunning pink chiffon dress worn with biker boots. And I haven’t even mentioned her amazing outerwear! The Teddy Bear coat, embroidered bomber jacket and classic raincoat. All items I am looking to add to my wardrobe this autumn. Whilst I know it is not a good idea to raid a psychopath’s wardrobe, and certainly dreaming about doing it.

Which fictional characters’s closet do you want to raid?
Have you seen Killing Eve? Are you obsessed with Villanelle’s clothes?
Is it okay to have a psychopathic killer as a fashion icon?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Fictional Closet
(This prompt was originally created in June 2015 by The Nerdy Girlie).
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Autumn Tag

I love blog tags! They are a great way to get to know your blogger friends better. One of my favourite tags was the Christmas tag from a few years ago. I loved reading about fellow blogger’s traditions.
That’s why I love this Autumn Tag. As autumn is my favourite time of year, I love reading about other people’s traditions.

I discovered this cute Autumn Tag on Chronical Sunflower’s blog. It was originally designed by Ellduclos to kick-start her ‘Blogtober’ series. As always the questions are at the end of the post if you want to play along.

The Autumn Tag

Autumn Tag

  1. What is one candle you MUST light every Autumn?
    I always loved the Candy Corn candles from Yankee Candle. However, it seems to have been discontinued this year. Being replaced by Sweet Seduction. I am not too keen on the smell but love the new ceramic jar! Instead this year, I brought several Pumpkin Spice home fragrances in TK Maxx. Including pretty jam-jar candle and reed diffuser.
  2. When you think of Autumn, what does it remind you of?
    Whilst, most people might think about colder weather, falling leaves and cosy nights in! For me Autumn means Birthdays! My birthday is on Halloween and my husband’s birthday is two weeks later. So when the leaves start changing colour, I start planning celebratory nights out. And shopping for birthday presents.
  3. What is your all-time favourite Autumn/Halloween movie?
    I don’t really have a favourite autumn movie. However, we tend to watch a lot of box sets in the autumn. This year I am thinking of re-watching Gilmore Girls or Once Upon a Time. And dreaming about New England in the autumn!
  4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?
    As I said it’s my birthday on Halloween, so I never get dressed up! We tend to have a meal or drinks somewhere. So I plan a date night outfit, rather than a costume. Saying that, with MCM London, the weekend before Halloween. I am planning a little geeky Halloween outfit to wear then.
  5. What is your favourite Autumn trend?
    At the risk of sounding basic, I love PSL! I have written before about some of my favourite Pumpkin recipes. As I said I have brought pumpkin spiced candles this year. Autumn is all about the Pumpkin Spice!
  6. When you think of Autumn, what drink comes to mind?
    Obviously, for me, it has to be PSL. However, saying that I am attempting to try some other autumnal drinks from different coffee shops this year. You can follow my efforts on Instagram.
  7. What is your go-to Autumn beauty product? A must-have staple!
    I am not a beauty blogger or a make-up addict. But when the weather gets colder, I reach for my favourite lip balm and moisturiser. Currently, my favourite lip balm is Marc Jacobs’ Lip Lock.
  8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?
    I am not a huge fan of pies! Plus I hate cooked apples. So I am going to say Pumpkin Cheesecake!
  9. Do you have any Autumn traditions? If so tell us all about it!
    Autumn officially starts once I have had my first PSL! Once the weather gets cooler, I dig out all my favourite cosy knitwear! In October, we start decorating the house with pumpkins, autumnal candles and fake coloured leaves. Towards the end of the month, Halloween decorations get added. Then it is birthday season! This normally involves a Jason and I having a nice meal, drinks with friends and a Sunday dinner with family.
  10. The moment of truth, is Autumn your favourite season?
    Yes!

Autumn Tag

The Questions

Note: I have changed some of the words into British English e.g. using Autumn instead of Fall and adding a ‘u’ into the word favourite. For the Americanised version see Ellduclos‘ original post.

  1. What is one candle you MUST light every Autumn?
  2. When you think of Autumn, what does it remind you of?
  3. What is your all-time favourite Autumn/Halloween movie?
  4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?
  5. What is your favourite Autumn trend?
  6. When you think of Autumn, what drink comes to mind?
  7. What is your go-to Autumn beauty product? A must-have staple!
  8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?
  9. Do you have any Autumn traditions? If so tell us all about it!
  10. The moment of truth, is Autumn your favourite season?

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Game of Thrones Tapestry

During our visit to Belfast in March, we had a chance to visit the Game of Thrones Tapestry at the Ulster Museum. Only for some reason I never got around to posting about it on the blog. I  was unsure whether to finally post the photos, but figured at it was truly impressive I would go ahead and upload them, even though it is over six months late.

As I mentioned in a previously Northern Ireland has embraced itself as Game of Thrones territory. The tourist board are encouraging visitors to explore the locations used in the filming of the television show. They have even created unique experiences for fans. One of the more recent additions is the Game of Thrones Tapestry. Housed in the Ulster Museum the 77-metre tapestry retells the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones.

Combining traditional Irish crafts and Game of Thrones. The tapestry is a cloth base of woven Irish linen. Locally produced flax and linen are then sewn into the cloth producing the beautiful embroidered scenes. If you want to know more about the crafts involved in making the tapestry the Wikipedia page has a wealth of information. Including details on the loom used to create the base and threads used in the embroidery.

The Tapestry

I have included a lot of my favourite scenes here, as you can imagine it is impossible for me to show the whole thing. However, if you want to see the whole tapestry, without a trip to Belfast the official website has a video showing the entire work.

As the tapestry includes scenes from all seven seasons, obviously this post will contain spoilers!

Game of Thrones Tapestry
Winter is Coming
Game of Thrones Tapestry
House Stark
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Baby Dragons
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Valar Morgulis
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Fist of the First Men
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Dracarys
Game of Thrones Tapestry
The Red Wedding
Game of Thrones Tapestry
You Know Nothing Jon Snow
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Battle at Castle Black
Game of Thrones Tapestry
House of Black and white
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Massacre at Hardhome
Game of Thrones Tapestry
The Dance of Dragons
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Shame
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Hold the Door
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Battle of the Bastards
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Daenerys crosses the Narrow Sea
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Meeting at the Dragon Pit
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Battle at Eastwatch
Game of Thrones Tapestry
Littlefinger’s Sentence
Game of Thrones Tapestry
The Night King riding Viserion

There is plenty of space at the end of the tapestry. I believe they will be unveiling a new panel next year after each new episode has aired. So you can see the Game of Thrones tapestry at the Ulster Museum in Belfast now, or wait until next year to see the complete masterpiece for all eight seasons.

Game of Thrones Tapestry

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Anime Challenge

Megan at A Geeky Gal had embarked on an epic Anime Challenge. Each day in September she has answered 30 different questions all about anime. Whilst, I loved this idea I knew I couldn’t commit to 30 days worth of blog posts. So instead I have chosen five questions to answer as a quick Five Fandom Friday Challenge!

Five Fandom Friday: Anime Challenge
  1. Do you prefer Subs or Dubs? ( Day 3)
    Don’t shot me but I am going to say, Dubs! But I am going to try to justify my answer. One of the main reason’s I love anime is for the artwork. I feel reading subtitles distracts from the beautiful imagery. Also, I tend to knit whilst watching TV and I am not capable enough to follow a plot, read subtitles. and knit.
  2. Who is your favourite female anime character? ( Day 11 )
    This one is really easy to answer, it has to be Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online. She is strong, independent and will always stand up for those she loves. All attributes of great female character and someone we would love in our lives. I do have one issue with the treatment of her character. During the Aincrad storyline, Asuna is a fierce warrior. A swordswoman, she is just as good as Kirito. One of the strongest players in her guild. However, during the Fairy Dance Arc she is seen as weak and a victim, it isn’t until the Mother’s Rosario storyline we once again see the true Asuna!
  3. Who is your favourite male anime character? ( Day 12)
    I have a joint favourite male character from anime, Kirito from Sword Art Online and L from Death Note. Rather than talk about SAO again. I am going to tell you why I love L! My dream job it would be a consulting detective (yes like Sherlock Holmes). L is the anime version of that, the quirky, genius detective. I adore the way he crouches instead of sitting down, and how he is always eating. As well as the way he outfoxes Light. Whilst I hated the Netflix live action version of Death Note. The only good thing about it was Lakeith Stanfield’s take on L.
  4. What is your favourite anime opening or ending? ( Day 14 )
    I was unsure whether to allow this opening credits, as it’s an from an American anime, not Japanese. But I love the all the RWBY soundtracks. The Volume 1 opening credits, This Will Be the Day is a personal favourite. Both the music and the animation of Ruby Rose.
  5. What is an anime you want to watch but haven’t yet? ( Day 17)
    Pyscho Pass. As I said I love detective programmes (and books), so it seems like something I would love. From what I have read it the premiss of the Pyscho Pass is to track down criminals before they commit a crime. So it isn’t a whodunnit mystery, just a cop show. I don’t really have a reason why I haven’t watched it. I do have a list of programmes I plan on watching, but the truth is, when it comes to anime I tend to re-watch my favourites.

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Knitting Natter: Brioche Knitting

Having taken some time away from knitting, I seem to have missed a few knitting trends. Previously, when I was heavily into knitting, the trend was for berets, socks and lacy shawls knitted in sock yarn! Now, it seems to be bobble hats, boxy sweaters, brioche knitting. Not to be out of the loop I have been quickly embracing brioche stitch! My next two projects are both based around this stitch, and one of them is even a boxy sweater. So I am embracing two trends.
Knitting Natter: Brioche Stitch

Brioche Knitting

I had seen a class locally, that was teaching the technique, but rather than wait a few weeks. I turned to Youtube to look for tutorials, I found the Wool at the Gang video and some tips and hints from Purl Soho (both linked below). So I thought I would give it a go. Although brioche stitch looks complicated it’s is actually, pretty straightforward. It is a little weird to get the hang off, as you have to work each row twice. First by knitting and slipping stitch alternative stitches, then re-working the same row purling the slipped stitches and slipping the previously knitted stitches. Once you get to grips with not working left to right, and then right to left. It is pretty easy to work and yet looks far more complicated.

Brioche Knitting Sample
Brioche Knitting Sample
in Cascade 220 in Natural and Grey.

Whilst, you can work brioche stitch in one colour, the technique looks best when worked in two colours. Working each row first with one colour and then passing over the second time with the second colour. For a truly beautiful effect, variegated or self-striping yarn worked together with a solid colour looks amazing. One of the best things about Brioche Stitch is experimenting with different colour combinations.

Brioche Knitting Coffee Cozy
Brioche Knitting Coffee Cozy
in Whimzy Yarn in Chocolate and Girl on Fire

So far, I have only been working brioche stitch knitted flat. However, my next plan is to knit on the round. Which will be needed for the LUSH cowl, I want to knit. Then I hope I can move on to more advanced patterns, like the leaf pattern as seen in Nancy Marchant’s Willow scarf.

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Pokemon GO! Revisited

Thinking about it the summer of 2016 was all about Pokemon Go!  I remember becoming obsessed with the game, going on a poke-walk every day. Exploring new parks because they were “nests.” Getting annoyed when the game froze or finding only pidgeys! However, by the winter we stopped playing. That is until now!

Back then Pokemon Go seemed to be everywhere, the mainstream media told scare stories of people getting themselves into danger due to playing the game. On social media, sightings of rare Pokemon in your areas. Even bloggers become obsessed with the game, I remember joining in on the Pokemon Go Book Tag and even doing a Q&A on Epicfied’s blog.

How I became obsessed with Pokemon GO again!

I am unsure why I stopped playing if it was because it wasn’t as much fun playing in the colder weather. If it was the server issues. Or I just got bored with the game. I didn’t delete the app from my phone, just move it from the first page on iPhone. I remember a friend telling me last year, they had released the second generation of Pokemon. And did consider playing again, however, never did.

Then earlier this summer, I read that a major Pokemon Go update had occurred and finally, you could add friends and start trading. So I opened the app and had a quick look. That weekend, Jason and I went once again went for poke-walk in our local park.

Having not played in over 18 months, we caught loads of new Pokemon from the Johto and Hoenn regions, which had all been added to the game. As a result, we levelled up with a few days of starting to re-playing.

In the time whilst we stop playing numerous additions had been added. The game now included research tasks, raids and community days. So there seemed to be a lot more ways to “catch them all”. I spend a lot of the first week, reading up online about all the new additions to the game. What was the difference between field research and special research? How to raid? What is a ‘shiny’ Pokemon and why do I need them?

Pokemon Go Gifts
Pokemon Go Gifts

Although we haven’t been exploring London parks this summer. We have been playing every day. I tend to go for a walk to our local park at lunchtime and then for a long walk with Jason in the evening. One of the first weekends we played was the ‘Squirtle Community Day.’ We spend several hours walking along the river, trying to catch a shiny Squirtle or one with sunglasses. I love getting out and walking every day, guaranteeing to hit my 10,000 steps. Rather than just spend the evening at home watching TV.

Raids!

One of the biggest changes to the game has been the introduction of raids. Randomly, a Raid Boss will take over a local gym and trainer have to work together to take down the Raid Boss. The Raids are tiered, with level one raids being able to complete by one person. However, Level 5 tiers need seven or more players to compete. With this in mind, you need to have a large group of players locally to take advantage of this features.

Jason managed to find a west London group via Discord and we joined them for a few raids. A member of the group also invited us to a group based in our actual area. So instead of just going for Poke-walks after work, we are now joining the raiding parties to get the more powerful Pokemon.

Pokemon Go - Moltres Day
Moltres Day

This past weekend, was a special raiding event, “Moltres Day.” Our group would be meeting in the morning at a nearby underground station. And whilst we were expecting a larger group, than what was had been playing with. We were amazed to discover nearly 50 players. We divided up into teams (based on our Team within the game) and set of touring all the local gyms!

The plan was to hit 18 gyms in the area in the three hour period. However, Jason and I only had raid passes for eight raids. There seemed to be a lot of server issues on the day and so we called it quits after 90 minutes. However, I did manage to get a 100% IV Shiny Moltres so I was very happy.

Did you use to play Pokemon Go?
Do you still play?
Are you part of a Raiding group?
I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Pokemon Go - Moltres Day
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Dawn of the Superheroes

I have been awful this year at writing about my geeky adventures in London. As a result, I have a hard drive filled with photos from my trips and have never added them to the blog. A classic example of this is the DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes at the O2. I took over 350 photos on the day and am only now getting around to editing them. The exhibition is about to close, but if you didn’t get a chance to attend here are some of my highlights.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes
DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

Even though the description of the exhibition is at DC-based. It seems mainly to be about the DC comics and movies. There is no mention of the recent Arrowverse television programmes or Gotham. The majority of the exhibit focuses on the main trinity from the DC comics, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesDC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesDC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

The first section is devoted to Superman with the Richard Donner movies from the 1980’s. Up to the Zack Synder movies from the World of DC. As well as the original artwork from the comics and outfits from the movies. There is also some interesting concept artwork from the movies and the Superman Lives movie that never was.DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesDC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

The next section Batman, from the 1960’s television programme and the movies from the last three decades. This area also has an interesting collection of memorabilia from the Rogue Gallery of Gotham. The Catwoman & Penguin costumes from Batman Returns, most impressively in this area is the section devoted to The Joker.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesDC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

Being a fan of the Bat-family, I was a little disappointed with the lack of presences in the exhibition. Robin and Batgirl’s outfits from the awful Batman and Robin movie are on display. There are a few panels from several storylines include Stephine Brown brief stint as Robin. Yet, there is no mention of the different Robins or Nightwing.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesDC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

Next again, mainly based from the World of DC movies is a section on the Suicide Squad. This is one of few areas that also mentions the DC animation series, with a few cells from the introduction of Harley Quinn. Whilst, there is a small section on the Justice League. It again is mainly focused from the World of DC character, with little mention of Green Arrow or Green Lantern. In fact, they completely ignore the Green Lantern movie altogether.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesDC Exhibition: Dawn of the SuperheroesThe Wonder Woman section is smaller than her male counterparts, yet features both Linda Carter and Gal Gabot’s costumes. Perhaps most interestingly in this area was seeing the changing design of Wonder Woman’s outfit over the years. Little things like changing her gladiator sandals to more practical boots.
DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Superheroes

All in all, it was an interesting collection of artwork from DC! I would have liked to see some attention to other popular villains like Brainiac or Hush. I understand why they focused on the ones from the movies. However, I still would have liked more attention to the Bat-Family or Teen Titans.

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The Geeky Girl Tag

I had seen The Geeky Girl Tag posted on a few blogs last year and I always intended to join in. Yet, for some reason, I never got around to filling in the questions. Last month Heather from Just Geeking By, posts a list of 10 Tags for Bloggers. So I figured I would use this as my cue to finally join in. (And, do a few more Blog Tags over this year). Zombie Goddess Beauty originally created The Geeky Girl Tag. If you haven’t already joined it. “Tag you are it!” The questions are at the end of the post.

geeky girl tag

The Geeky Girl Tag

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
I guess the gadget I use the most is my iPhone, so I’m guessing that makes it my must-have gadget. Like most people, I use my phone to keep in touch with people, but never actually call anyone! I always text and use social media. I also use my phone to take photos, keep organised, listen to music and play games!

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
Ravenclaw. I took The Storing Hat Quiz on Pottermore test twice. The first time, I got Gryffinfor and I was unhappy with my results, I felt it was completely wrong. I have never considered myself brave or courageous. Although I have been called stubborn a lot. So I guess this could be mistaken for determination! The second time I took the test I was sorted into Ravenclaw, which I think is a much better fit. I also retook the Patronus test which changed from a bloodhound to a dolphin.

3. Who is your favourite Doctor?
It has to be Eleven (Matt Smith)! I love all the modern Doctors, and of course, I can’t wait to see Thirteen. But overall, I love the childish nature of Eleven. Similarly, I loved all the companions Eleven had, the Ponds, Craig and especially Clara.

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
It would have to be with a detective so I could pick their brain. With this in mind, my first choice was Sherlock Holmes. But thinking about it his social awkwardness wouldn’t make him a fun dinner guest. Then I thought Jessica Fletcher (I adore Murder She Wrote), but as most her dinner companions get murdered, or accused of murder I decided against that. Therefore, I am picking Batman! In fact, I would love to have dinner with the whole Bat-Family.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?
I prefer portable game systems. At the moment I play a lot of games on my iPad however, I do still love my old Nintendo 3DS, especially as  I love re-playing puzzle games like Professor Layton series.

6. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I thought about flying so I could see the world. But with teleportation, I could take people with me and more luggage when I travelled. Think of all the possibilities. You could pop to Japan to buy comics, teleport some friends to Disneyland for the day. Or spend the evening having dinner in Italy. Of course, I would also use my power for good like rescuing people from natural disasters.

7. What is your favourite fantasy world?
The Star Wars Universe. There are so many planets from Star Wars I would love to visit, such as Naboo or Mandalore. In reality, as I am a city girl at heart, ultimately, I think I would end up spending most of my time on Coruscant.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
If you had asked me this last year, I would have been stumped. Jedi isn’t really a race and I’m not sure what race from Star Wars world I would have wanted to be part of. As you would expect since seeing Black Panther I now want to be a Wakandan!

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars all the way!

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
Star Wars
Marvel Cinematic Universe (movies and TV shows)
Game of Thrones
Sherlock
Harry Potter

11. List your top 5 favourite video games.
The Professor Layton series
The Sims
Animal Crossing (I am loving the Pocket Camp iOS version)
Pokemon Go (I started playing again this summer and am loving it again).
Candy Crush Saga (sorry I have to include it, I’m addicted)

The Geeky Girl Tag Questions:

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favourite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
7. What is your favourite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favourite video games.

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Knitting Natter: Diversity in Knitting

I used to knit a lot! Knitting was my may past-time. In evening whilst watching television, on the tube and even in the pub (during our knitting group). I would attend knitting shows with the same planning and determination you might have for attending a con. I even started this blog originally to write about my knitting projects.

Knitting Natter

Whilst I never stopped knitting, I certainly cut down, until recently. I don’t know what changed but once again I have been knitting in the evenings. Not only has this help me relax more, it has also it also stops me from using a second screen whilst watching TV.

Wonder Woman Wrap

For a while now, I have been wanting to write more about my knitting on the blog. Recently, most of my posts have more a geeky feel, so writing knitting would technically, be a step away from my normal content. However seeing as the two major knitting projects I have been working on this year, but have a geeky theme, It would make sense to write to about them.

More than that, I love being part of the knitting community. I have made a lot of friends via knitting. We were brought together because of our shared interest in knitting but since then we have discovered we have the same love of food, books and movies. I want to once again write about these experiences.

Whilst I don’t regularly go to attend a knitting group anymore. I do still meet up with friends I made from the knitting community. When we get together we might not all bring our knitting along, but we will find a new interesting place to have lunch. Talk about the latest Marvel or Star Wars movie, our collective love of Hamilton.  And our conversation will always return to what is hot in the knitting world.

Diversity in the Knitting Community

Lack of diversity in the media has been a hot topic since the #SoWhiteOscars. I never really thought about it in the lack of diversity in the knitting community. It wasn’t until I recently read an interesting post by Lady Dye Yarns on Instagram on the topic. It got me thinking about my experiences as an Asian knitter.

Nakia Infinity Scarf

Maybe it is because I am based in London a multi-cultural city, but my group of knitting friends has always been pretty diverse. In fact, I remember a conversation at one knitting night, where we discussed we were all immigrants. Being born in the U.K. I was the only second-generation immigrant. Yet if you look online or in knitting publications, it is predominantly white designers or models, not at all a reflection of the knitting community I know.

#diversknitty

The conversation about diversity in the knitting community was started by Sockmatician. He commented on the lack of non-white faces when scrolling thru the #knitting hashtag on Instagram. He started the #diversknitty hashtag to help promote not only knitters of colour but also, knitting designers, indie yarn dyers and companies run by non-white knitters.

Scrolling through the #diversknitty hashtag, I have read some amazing stories and experiences from fellow knitters. Plus I have discovered new patterns like the amazing ZigZag Stole and the beautiful knitted jewellery kits sold by Mahliqa. I have also noticed two major yarn magazines feature women of colour on the cover this month. I Like Crochet and Pom Pom Magazine. It seems the knitting community is finally catching up with the entertainment industry, by not only having the conversation about diversity but also highlighting crafters of colour. I cannot wait to see what more is to come.Knitting Natter: Diversity in the Knitting Community

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Afternoon Tea at Home

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, I thought I would put together a few products for you to have your own geeky afternoon tea at home. With the rise in popularity of afternoon tea, there are so many great products to chose from. Also as tea parties feature both Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast, there are some great tea related products based on these franchises available.

How to Host your own Afternoon Tea at Home with a Twist

Afternoon Tea at Home with a Twist!

Good Food has some great ideas for hosting your own afternoon tea at home, from decorating tips to what to serve. Pinterest is also a great place to search for geekier recipe ideas. In my Pinspiration series, I have featured Stranger Things cupcakesHulk cake pops and Captain America cookies. All of these be great for the pastry course of your afternoon tea. Alternatively, you can also look for a macaroon or mini pie recipes.Afternoon Tea at Home with a Twist

Milk Jug // Sugar Bowl // Cake Stand // Tea Cup
Tardis Teapot // Harry Potter Tea Set // R2-D2 Teapot
BB-8 Tea Set for One // Tea Infuser // Cake Stand

During an Afternoon Tea, cakes are served on a tiered cake stand.  Like the whimsical Alice in Wonderland cake stand from the V&A Museum. Yet, as I discovered when research quirkier teas in London. Hotels are getting more creative with their stands using old records and even books as serving boards. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative the Disney have some cute disposable tiered cake stands. Which come with matching disposable tablecloths and napkins.

The great thing about afternoon tea is there are no hard and fast rules. You could have a matching tea set like this Harry Potter one, or opt for a mismatch of china cups. Taking inspiration from the Mad Hatter’s tea party you could have an ill-sorted collection of plates and cups, and carry this even further with mismatched chairs.

How are you celebrating Afternoon Tea Week?
What themed Afternoon Tea would you like to have?
Let me know in the comments below.

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