Ravelry has always been a safe space for yarn fans and the place to go for woke wool crafts. Since 2007, members have knitted, crocheted, woven and spun millions of metres of projects including pussyhats, refugee welcome blankets, Innocent Big Knit hats and comforting textiles for animals in shelters. It’s one of the most wholesome places on the internet and somewhere people from all walks of life can—and do!—share their work.
I am so proud to be a Rav member today and encourage anyone who’s ever picked up a ball of yarn or coveted a cable-knit jumper to support the team in any way they can. The site is run by couple Jess and Casey, several employees and a small army of volunteers and pays its bills through pattern sales and ads from small yarn businesses. Buying a pattern supports the site’s entrepreneurs, most of whom are female. You can also donate directly to Ravelry.
Need inspiration? I’ve pulled a few patterns from my favourites. They’re all knitted and fairly easy since I’m new to the craft. I also have a bundle full of activist patterns for you to peruse (suggestions all welcome).
I am far from the first person to make a Sally Albright style post, but When Harry Met Sally… is such a great film that I’m not even sorry. Nora Ephron’s screenwriting is on-point and costume designer Gloria Gresham created a wardrobe that feels effortless and lived-in.
Gresham does a particularly good job of reusing garments—there are quality pieces that keep coming back over the film’s span of 12 years, and the continued wear feels believable.
There are absolutely some 80s nightmares of outfits (Marie and Jess’s wedding, I’m looking at you) but this film gets so much right that I’m willing to overlook them.
I am unashamedly one of those creatives who gets really excited about the Pantone colour of the year. While I wasn’t particularly fond of 2017’s Greenery or 2018’s Ultra Violet, there’s something about Living Coral that electrifies me.
I was fully expecting 2019’s colour of the year to be burnt orange – something that alluded to drought and fire. Living Coral is tonally close, yet feels totally opposite – juicy, youthful, playful, a little bit kitschy. It feels like lipgloss, lollipops and kissing on a pier. All that is to say – I’m totally into it.
With that in mind, I’ve gathered a dozen of my favourite pieces on sale right now so you can get ahead on the trend.
I love Isa Arfen and wish I led the kind of life that involved Serafina Sama’s dresses. £588 for sunshine made solid – what more could you want?
I’m such a Rejina Pyo stan and am so happy she’s getting the mainstream attention she deserves. This sunset-hued number is my favourite piece from the SS19 collection and can be yours for £375.
I recently had my ears pierced for the first time. It’s something I had wanted since I was a kid, but had never really had the means to do. As I got older, I was put off by the idea of eight weeks of aftercare. After amassing a small hoard of jewellery samples through work I decided to suck it up and get ‘er done.
Most of my friends have vivid first-piercing memories of sitting in the window of Claire’s Accessories, holding a teddy bear. I wanted to go somewhere a little more upscale but wasn’t yet ready to spend hundreds of pounds at Maria Tash. The answer was Metal Morphosis, in the Topshop Oxford Street flagship—it was super easy, no worse than an injection and cost just over £50 for service, aftercare and a pair of white gold-plated, princess-cut cubic zirconia studs.
Metal Morphosis uses the Studex System 75 for lobe piercings; it’s essentially a piercing gun with single-use parts. I was a little wary of using any kind of gun, but my piercer was super professional and we had no issues. The studio uses needles for all other piercings, so I imagine they could do the same for lobes on request.
Now that I’m waiting very impatiently for the holes to heal over—five more weeks—I’ve started assembling quite the wishlist…
These H&M Studio earrings are from the Twin Peaks-inspired Fall 2018 collection. The two halves—tortoiseshell and black, or pink and red, depending on your preference—snap together with magnets.
Latelita London stocks a rainbow of gorgeous gem studs, but I particularly like these pearl earrings. The organic, slightly irregular shape is a fun twist on a classic.
Can you tell I’m having a tortoiseshell moment? These ASOS Design earrings are the spiritual little sister to the H&M Studio ones above.
APM Monaco’s Météorites collection is flawless. These star earrings are available in silver, gold, rose gold and black.
Pick up some Phoebe Philo-era Céline while you still can. The knot hoops are iconic and subtle enough to wear every day.
I may have already purchased this set of charm hoop earrings from Urban. They’re cheap and cheerful, and the perfect soft gold colour.
Mejuri has been making waves over the pond for its affordable fine jewellery. The whole collection is beautifully dainty, not least these 18K gold vermeil and white sapphire lotus studs.
Catbird—need I say any more? These winged mother-of-pearl earrings can be worn two different ways and are handmade by Laurie Fleming in her Toronto studio.
I love dainty jewellery as much as the next girl. Here are some of my favourite pieces from ethical designers…
Montreal makers Cinderella Garbage literally turn trash into treasure by vitrifying it with plasma torches. After cutting and polishing, their Cinderlite glitters like black diamonds. I love these classic 0.5 carat earrings, from $165 for sterling silver – they look especially striking in rose gold.
I’m in love with Marie Canning’s dainty, intricate porcelain jewellery. She painstakingly sculpts realistic flowers from clay and combines them with sterling silver to make the prettiest jewellery and bridal accessories around. The baby’s breath bridal halo, £360 is incredible and I’m particularly keen on the wildflower studs in elderflower, which are a steal at £55.
I get Phoebe Philo-era Céline vibes from Wild Fawn’s minimal, London-made pieces. Emma Barnes uses certified Fairtrade gold and recycled silver to make her affordable jewellery, so you can rest knowing that your money is supporting miners and their local communities. These sterling silver ear wraps are beautiful and just £39.
Tada & Toy
If you have a little more money to play with, Tada & Toy make playful modern jewellery from responsibly sourced gold and jewels. 5% of all profits go to the Aspinall Foundation and 25% of sales of their charity collections is donated. My favourite piece is the Hey, Baby chain choker, £150.