Manchester isn’t a big, big city. Yes, it is big, but not on the scale of London, Berlin, New York or Tokyo. So it surprises me that there’s so much variations in neighbourhoods that are so close together. West Didsbury is for young professionals as it’s full of pubs specialising in lazy Sunday lunches and artisan food shops. Chorlton is for party-hard creative types as it’s full of bars (RIP Dulcimer…) and charity shops.
I used to live in Ardwick, which always made people say ‘…really?‘. After dark, it was a bit shouty but it definitely wasn’t the gang-torn distopia of urban legend. Nowadays, I live in Fallowfield, which always makes people say ‘…do you like it?‘ Because Fallowfield is for students, and I’m not a student. It has its cons – sometimes it’s noisy, there’s usually rubbish on the pavements and there’s always a queue in the supermarket (I tried going in at 8am one day, thinking the students wouldn’t be up yet. I was right, but instead all the local grannies were doing their weekly shops.)*
But I like Fallowfield as it also has its pros. Like the abundance of street art and the beautiful Platt Fields, which I passed through to take these photos. I hope you agree with me.
*Just to clarify, I’m not a student-hater. But once you’ve graduated from university, students can be really annoying. Actually, I used to get annoyed with students when I was a student. It’s like any group in society – the annoying people always stick out.
Do you like this blanket? I knitted it all by myself. Yes, it took ages, and I could do with a lie down just thinking about all the knits and purls that went into it. But that’s fine because I like to knit when I’m on public transport. It makes me feel like I’m using the time productively, plus nobody wants to sit next to a knitter.
As every knitter knows, squares are a good way to use up leftover yarns and to try out new stitches. Both of which I achieved, and I learned a lot about knitting along the way. So much that I’ve moved onto knitting clothes, such as these socks. Like so many other skills, mastering knitting takes time and patience. One of these days I’ll be taking on Rodarte and Sandra Backlund with my knitting skills.
In my last outfit photo, I was wearing paisley. And what could be better than a bit of paisley? Double paisley, of course. Like polka dots or tartan, paisley is one of those beautiful textile patterns with seemingly endless variations. For Christmas, I even gave my mother a paisley colouring book so she can work on her own designs. Continue reading “Double paisley”
Many times, I’ve passed Stockport’s Museum of Hatting on the train and though to myself ‘I’ll have to go there one day‘. Yesterday, I finally did and looked at the Victorian machinery used to construct felt hats, which was once a big industry in areas of Greater Manchester such as Failsworth and Denton. How humbling to realise that people lived in awful conditions, exposed to sulphuric acid and mercury, just to make hats.
There are also displays of hats. Hats and hats and hats. Bowler hats. Top hats. Cocktail hats. Celebrity hats (one worn by Dame Judi Dench in an episode of As Time Goes By, yo!). Seeing all the craftmanship involved in their construction – and seeing the different sizes, shapes and styles – made me think ‘I should wear a hat more often‘.