The Vintage Knitter

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About me

Introduction I'm a freelance writer with a love for social history, secondhand stuff, knitting, upcycling and collecting enamel advertising signs.
Interests My favourite artists include Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Nash, Edward Ardizzone, Rob Ryan, Angie Lewin, Francis Farmar, Robin Tanner
Favorite Movies The Titfield Thunderbolt, The Wicked Lady, Carry on Camping, Withnail & I, Chocolat, Amelie, A Very Long Engagement, Passport to Pimlico, Rear Window, Sky West & Crook'd, Gosford Park, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, School for Scoundrels, It Always Rains on Sundays, Gone to Earth, Went the Day Well, Kind Hearts & Coronets, The Ladykillers, The Lavender Hill Mob, Mrs Miniver, Cottage to Let, Hot Fuzz, Pulp Fiction, the Jason Bourne trilogy, The Red Shoes, A Canterbury Tale, Blue Juice, Heathers, Enemy of the State, Rebecca, Leon, Clerks, Mallrats, The Devil Wears Prada ...
Favorite Music I love Kate Bush and am also into Motorhead, Hawkwind, Robert Plant, Metallica, Dead Can Dance, Fish era Marillion, Stevie Nicks, Rush, Natacha Atlas, lots of 1980s heavy metal and hair metal stuff, Van Der Graf Generator, Goldfrapp, Whitesnake, Cat Stevens, Joe Satriani, Massive Attack, Sisters of Mercy, Steve Hillage
Favorite Books Diary of a Provincial Lady E.M. Delafield, Sons & Lovers D.H. Lawrence, Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier, We Are at War, Private Battles and Our Hidden Lives Simon Garfield, Wartime Britain Juliet Gardiner, The Camomile Lawn Mary Wesley, Up The Garden Path Beverley Nichols, Astercote Penelope Lively, Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert, Someone At A Distance Dorothy Whipple, Samuel Pepys' diaries, Mayor of Casterbridge, Return of the Native Thomas Hardy, Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte, Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons, To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee, Down & Out in Paris & London, Road to Wigan Pier George Orwell, Persuation, Northanger Abbey Jane Austen, Lady Audley's Secret M.E. Braddon, I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith, anything by Nancy Mitford, biographies, WWII social history, cookbooks from the 30s, 40s & 50s ...