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First Vintage KAL of 2018

Our first KAL of 2018 is off to an amazing start. Our Facebook group and Instagram are lighting up with progress photos and questions. I am super happy how much everyone is loving the sweaters we choose for this Vintage KAL and our last one. The 1938  two colour jumper, the 1937 cable jumper and 1950s bed jacket colour combinations were so incredible!  Now the colours being chosen for the 1940s Champion Jumper and the 1950s Blouse, beyond amazing!  Many people are already done the front of the Champion Jumper. It is DK (double knit weight) so I’m not surprised.

Here are some progress photos so far.

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To see all the details for the new KAL, please click here  and it will take you to a previous post!

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What’s in the Queue

I have big knitting and sewing plans for 2018. BIG! I have to say, I am being partly motivated by the vintage knit-a-longs that I created in 2017. I need to find more motivation to sew, because I don’t want to also create a sew-a-long, I will need to join others. I do have quite a few Gertie patterns, so I may join up to one of those soon. The beauty of knitting and sewing your own garments is you can customize them to fit your body!

As I mentioned, there is a brand spanking new vintage knit-a-long happening, and two of my queued knits are from the KAL. I will be blogging tomorrow about the KAL so stay tuned!

My hope is to get one jumper made a month this year, along with a few accessories. I am also hoping to make at least one garment per month. Though there are currently less in my queue than I’d hoped, I will figure that out. I’m hoping that joining a sew-a-long will get me more motivated to sew this year.

Without further adieu, here is what I have in the queue so far… (please note, this isn’t everything, I have to leave room for the future KAL sweaters)

Knitting Queue (in order)

Sewing Queue (not in order, though I have material for 3 skirts)

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New Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long!

AND the winning jumpers are!  Ding! Ding! Ding!  The #4 the short sleeved blouse and #1 the skater sweater!

 

I can’t wait to see what colourways everyone comes up with!

Here are the knit-a-long details:

The knit-a-long will run from January 1st to April 30th. During the knit-a-long you are welcome to knit one or both of the patterns. I will provide the patterns to you for free.

To join the knit-a-long is simple. I have listed everything below:

  1. Join our group on Facebook. I will have the patterns in the files area. (if you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry, please private message me and I will send you the pattern)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerkitschvintageknitalong/
  2. Post your progress photos and finished jumper photos here on Instagram.
  3. When you post photos tag me and use hashtag #killerkitschknitalong

During the knit-a-long I will be reposting your photos in my Instagram and adding them to the photos in the group.

Why a Facebook group? I learned a lot from running my first vintage knit-a-long and it is important to have a central area for everyone to go to ask help questions and one place to store all the knit-a-long files. I also want to build a vintage knitting community and this is a great way for everyone to discuss with all the other vintage knitters in our community.

You can join anytime between January 1st and March 30th and this knit-a-long will wrap up on April 30th.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this next knit-a-long. The last one was incredibly fun and all the jumpers beautiful!

 

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Why Rep Theatres Are Important To The Vintage Culture and Community

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I am a huge, HUGE classic movie nerd. Especially Silent Movies, Pre-code movies and 1950s Sci-fi. As a child, many Saturday mornings were filled with watching these movies and I have many fond memories of Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. I grew up loving black and white classic cinema. Living in Toronto I am beyond fortunate that there are rep theatres that still show these movies on the regular or have themed movie afternoons/evenings. My fella and I have become regulars at the 4 pm Sunday show at the Carlton. $6 gets you a movie, popcorn, and a drink. Each month is themed. We are also a stone throw from The Revue and are found there often, especially during the Toronto Silent Film Festival. Why do I think these types of theatres are important, let me tell you.

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History. The history of the theatre and the history that comes along with the movies that are shown. Sadly, with the condo boom, many of Toronto’s beloved architecture, including old movie houses are being torn down. I don’t want to make this piece about that, I do want to raise how important it is to keep some of old Toronto still alive and intact. This includes our original movie theatres. There is so much incredible history in these buildings. Imagine the movies that were shown in these beautiful structures. Everything from The Silents of the early 1900s to the gritty movies of the 1970s. The people that would have walked across the thresholds. Buildings that allowed you to take refuge from the heat, the cold, the depression, the war or the general world outside. A place where you could escape to another world via celluloid. I often dream of being a child, jaw open while being mesmerized by a Silent Film, a sassy teen being inspired by the Flappers gracing the screen or a twenty-something being tantalized by a Pre-code bit of raunch. Witnessing a time in history and film-making when the creators cared about the story and the presentation.

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An escape. The world we live in is a harsh place to be in. It’s equally complicated by the all too convenient ability to pull out your phone to see or read the news, check social media, watch hours of youtube or stream whatever content you want and almost never be left to use your imagination if even for a short period of time. It’s why I write in complete silence. Going to a movie theatre, where you have to put your phone away is a wonderful feeling. To spend one to two hours being swept into another world, another time. To see films about a period of history, shot during that actual time. The music, clothes, sets — the story. Is it wrong that I still have crushes on Jimmy Stewart or Clara Bow?

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Most importantly, supporting independent businesses. Most of these theatres are independently owned. I would much rather support independent or family-owned businesses. I don’t only go to rep theatres to see the classics, I would much rather see the latest blockbuster in them. Yes, it means waiting a few extra weeks to see it, but if it means the money is going to a small business, I will wait.

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Please, check out your local rep theatre. The more we frequent them, the longer they stay alive.

MOVIE THEATRES :

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (The Annex) – 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto 416-637-3123 — http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/

Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton Street at Yonge, Toronto, 416 – 494-9371 — https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/carlton-cinema/

Fox Theatre – 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, 416-691-7330 — www.foxtheatre.ca

Humber Cinemas – 2442 Bloor Street West — http://www.humbercinemas.com/

Kingsway – 3030 Bloor Street West — http://kingswaymovies.ca/

Regent Theatre – 551 Mount Pleasant Road — http://regenttoronto.com/

Revue Cinema  – 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M6R 2M9 — http://revuecinema.ca/

Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto, 416-466-4400 — www.theroyal.to

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Silent Cinema

As a child, I would spend hours watching silent movies. I was also that same child who not only wanted to be a flapper but insisted that her mother dress her like one. Fritzi Kramer runs a site called Movies Silently. You will always find incredibly informative posts about Silent Cinema from all over the world and because of Movies Silently, I have discovered silent movies I had never seen. I’m so thankful that so many silents have been preserved.

The queen of Egypt loves her Romans and so she falls for Mark Antony… What? You mean you know this one? Well, anyway, we’re looking over one of the very first feature-length Cleos with Helen Gardner in the title role. Home Media Availability: Released on DVD. Taking command A quick note before getting started. This…

via Cleopatra (1912) A Silent Film Review — Movies Silently

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Favourite blog: Harlow Darling

Imagine a beautiful dream that takes place during the 1940s and you are having a picnic, under an apple tree, with a stunning blonde. That is Harlow Darling. Her stunning #OOTD (outfit of the day) always blow me away. Harlow Darling is an incredible vintage style icon, whose fashions are from the 1920s to the 1940s. When someone like Harlow Darling is able to make you feel as if you just stepped out a time machine, they have done it right! You can subscribe to her via email. Her Instagram account is just as breath-taking.

collectifplaid1940sjacketPhoto is from the website.

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The Perfect Saturday Night Vintage Date Night

Raise your hand if you’ve watched a movie from the 1930s, 40s or 50s and thought to yourself, gee, that would be a swell date night idea. Their dates always look like a lot of fun. I’m raising both hands right now. Fess up so did quite a few of those reading this.

online-dating-header2I love everything about date night of that period. The chivalry, the way that everyone took the time to dress up in their finest and made a real effort to impress their lady or fella. Doors were opened, chairs pulled out, hands held, people took the time to enjoy their meal, the movie, the date, nothing was rushed… I could go on. There is a beautiful romance about these times and I want to recreate them.

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There are many ways to make your date night a vintage date night. You’ve already dressed in your vintage glad rags, so why not go out on the town and jolly it up vintage style. It could be dinner and a movie, dinner and then drinks at a Speakeasy, I mean Tiki bar, a night of bowling or a romantic picnic in a park. There are many ways to turn your date into a dreamy vintage night out.

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Living in Toronto, we are fortunate to have a plethora of vintage or vintage style diners, bowling alleys, dance events and drive-ins. If you are having a vintage style picnic or romantic dinner at home, don’t forget the music. There are many options for music as well as ways to play it. If you don’t have a stereo that plays vinyl, you can also stream vintage music online and with the right gadget, you could possibly even have it play through that vintage radio you have sitting on your mantle or beautiful corner table. I suggest Radio Vintage for this. http://www.radiovintage.net/

If your vintage date night is a movie night and your city has a Rep Theatre, check out their selection of classic movies. Get some popcorn and a soda pop and you are ready to snuggle up to your fella or flame. My personal favourite date night movie is The Creature From the Black Lagoon. I think it’s adorable when my fella jumps and squeezes my hand tight during the scary parts. What’s your favourite vintage date night classic movie? If a drive-in theatre is more your thing, pack a cooler with your favourite drinks and snacks or go to the concession stand when those wonderful kitschy retro ads play between movies.

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If you are in the mood for a picnic, pack up that wicker picnic basket and fill it with a gingham tablecloth, a lovely packed meal and if your city allows it, maybe a nice bottle of wine. Bring along your portable radio so you can place some classic, swinging jazz.
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If you live in Toronto and as I mentioned above, there is a grand selection of places you could go for your date.  I have listed options for bowling alleys, drive-ins, rep theatres, speakeasies aka tiki bars or vintage diners below.

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BOWLING:

All-Star Bowl – 2791 Eglinton Ave E Toronto, 416-261-5011

Bathurst Bowlerama – 2788 Bathurst St, Toronto 416-782-1841

Bowlerama – 5837 Yonge St North York, 416-222-4657

Brimley Bowl – 26441/2 Eglinton E Toronto, 416-261-4216, 2644 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough

Brunzwick Zone – 2561 Stanfield Rd, Mississauga, 905-270-8634

Classic Bowl – 3055 Dundas St W, Mississauga, 905-607-2695

Danforth Bowl – 1554 Danforth Ave (downstairs) Toronto, On – 416.463.3000

Kennedy Bowl – White Shield Plaza, 2300 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, 416-759-6181

Lucky Strike Lanes – 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan Mills, 1-905-760-9931 (up-scale Mod)

Newtonbrook Bowlerama – 5837 Yonge St North York, 416-222-4657

North Park Bowl – 1359 Lawrence Ave W, North York, 416-240-9373

Parkway Bowl – Parkway Mall, 67 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, 416-447-1761

Playtime Bowl – 33 Samor Rd Toronto, 416-787-4533

Rexdale Bowlerama – 115 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke 416-743-8388

Shamrock Bowl – (1950s style, rentable space) 280 Coxwell Ave, Toronto 416-406-2695, info@shamrockbowl.ca

The Ballroom – 145 John St Toronto, 416-597-2695

Thorncliffe Bowlerama – East York Town Centre, 45 Overlea Blvd Toronto, 416-421-2211

West Bowlerama – 5429 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, 416-239-3536

 

Rep Movie Theatres :

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (The Annex) – 506 Bloor St W, Toronto 416-637-3123

Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton Street at Yonge, Toronto, 416 – 494-9371

Fox Theatre – 2236 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-691-7330 http://www.foxtheatre.ca

Revue Cinema  – 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M6R 2M9

Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto, 416-466-4400 http://www.theroyal.to

 

Restaurants

Vintage Toronto Diners — https://www.facebook.com/Vintage-Toronto-Diners-1384779678460763/?fref=ts
Aunties & Uncles — 74 Lippincott Street
The Ace —  231A Roncesvalles Avenue

Apache Burger — 5236 Dundas Street West

Bloor Jane Restaurant — 2434 Bloor Street West

Bus Terminal Diner — 1606 Danforth Avenue

Cardinal Rule — 5 Roncesvalles Avenue

MARS FOOD — 432 College Street

Skyline Restaurant — 1426 Queen Street West

The Lakeview Restaurant — 1132 Dundas Street West

The Senator Restaurant — 249 Victoria Street


Tikibars

Bill Hicks Bar – 946 Queen Street East

Bovine Sex Club – 542 Queen Street West

Miss Thing – 1279 Queen Street West

Shameful Tiki Room — 1378 Queen Street West

The Shore Leave -1175 Danforth Avenue

Drive-In Theatres (In or near Toronto):

5 Drive in Theatre — http://www.premiertheatres.ca/5drivein/theaterinfo

Stardust Drive-In http://www.thestarlite.ca/stardustfilms.php

The Docks — http://www.thedocks.com/movies/