This is a bunting-free week...whoop whoop!  Even I was getting fed up of seeing it :-)  In fact, you couldn't get a much more different desk today!

Yep, it's the longest, thinnest scarf I've ever made!  Cast on five stitches and knit until the yarn runs out (some of you may recognise it as tinsel yarn which I used to make the Hooters and Hedgehog soft toys)

And why did I do this?

In order to tart up a very ordinary black shrug!  The 'scarf' was just long enough to start at one side seam, up and around the neckline and finish at the other side. Lucky eh?!  I needed something to go to the annual dinner and awards evening of my brass band :-)

It went really well with the 50s style vintage dress I bought. The skirt is very full and swishes out, which I like a lot. I might have to buy a net underskirt to really do The Look. It was ever so comfy to wear and I got a lot of compliments, so that was lovely :-D  Oh, and I won an award too and so did Mr LLJ, for helping out the band. Woohoo!

Not a lot of crafting has happened as the week has been full of decorating and brass tooting.

Last Thursday, Phoenix Brass gave a concert for the residents and families at the Help for Heroes HQ at Tidworth (I'm 2nd from left in the back row, playing the big 'un!) For the non-UK deskers, this is an amazing place where wounded military personnel can recover from their life threatening injuries.

What an evening. The buildings were fantastic (we were in the Sports hall), the facilities are incredible and the people who are there are inspiring. A local choir sang a few spots too and we got a standing ovation...twice!  I sincerely hope that we get to play there again - it was a truly fantastic experience.

Have a great week everyone. xxxxxxxx


Nikki said...

Thought you where making a snake toy until I read what you knitted looks great all done and added to your jacket
Hugs Nikki? ?

Chrysalis said...

Wow, tres chic! And I love that frock (don't you just love that word for a vintage look?!) Congrats to you both on the awards, and glad you had such a good night. Happy WOYWW xx

Helen said...

The dress especially looks fabulous, but love how you altered the shrug. Well done on your award (and Mr LLJ) and so glad you had a great night. Helen #?

Bridget Larsen said...

OMG that scared the heebeegeebees out of me seeing that first photo, looks like a looooooong caterpillar lol
Bridget #1

Neet said...

And what a worthy audience you played for. Well done you (and Mr LLJ) on your trophies. Well done too on using that wool to dress up (much more polite than "tart up" tee hee) your little shrug although I did wonder what on earth it was when I saw it naked.
Have a lovely wee, you deserve them.
Hugs, Neet 5 xx

Judys Lace Creations said...

Wish I could come and hear you play Jan.What a lovely thing to do. Congrats on the trophies/ award. I LIKE "Tart UP".It's a very Aussie type of phrase!!
I thought that black scarf was a line of caterpillars you see end to end in a line. The only thing that freaks me out are red Back spiders close up!!Nasty bite!!

jill said...

Your outfit looks good Jan.
jill #10

Sue said...

Hi Jan, Not surprised you got compliments on your dress and shrug. That edging sure made th4e shrug stand out and glamorous.

Sue #17

Unknown said...

Sounds and looks great! I'm not joining in on the fun this week, but I just wanted to pop on over.
Wishing you a lovely and creative week!

Twiglet said...

Ha ha - when I saw the scarf in my RH side bar I thought it was a snake!! Need my glasses on I fear!. It really does trim up your shrug nicely and we all like a nicely trimmed shrug don't we. I think you are amaziing with all your bandy stuff - what a talent!! x Jo

Inside the artists shed said...

Oh how glam - puts Gok Wan to shame and I can just imagine the outfit with a full net petticoat and will you be having the hairstyle to match? Have a good week x Jackie 22

glitterandglue said...

Love the scarf and the way you have used it, Jan. Very glam!!! In the sport's hall!!?? The acoustics must have been simply amazing! Well done on the awards - more for the shelf?!
Take care dear girl. God bless.
Margaret #4

Kyla said...

Looks fabulous and a net underskirt will really make it swish in that way they did in the film's. Congratulations on the band doing so well.
Kyla #6

Kyla said...

Looks fabulous and a net underskirt will really make it swish in that way they did in the film's. Congratulations on the band doing so well.
Kyla #6

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Brilliant dress Jan and how clever of you to alter the shrug. Well done with the award too. Have a great woyww, Angela x 23

Annie said...

I love how you're altered the shrug Jan...you are so clever :-)
Congrats to you both with the awards...well deserved I'm sure.
Annie x #12

BJ said...

Looks like I did the opposite to you as I removed some fur trim from a preschool dressing up dress which had become tatty, missing in places and had gone curly in the wash! Despite the carpal tunnel I managed to hand sew some pastel daisy trim in its place. Love what you did with your trim and love the pink dress too. The brass band looks great, excellent. Happy WOYWW BJ#26

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Ooh at a glance I thought it was a tarantula! What a fab idea to customise your shrug and that dress is gorgeous! Happy crafting, Max #29

Debbie Rock said...

Hope that tinsel trim did not give you itchy arms! I'd have got itchy arms. I can imagine you looked just Fab-u-Lous in that gorgeous dress ... hope plenty of swishing went on with that skirt! Well deserved awards too ... well done you you and MrLLJ. Happy WOYWW'ing dear lady. Love Debbie #30 xXx

sandra de said...

I do hope you did get some netting for the skirt it would of been glorious on the dance floor. Great job on getting an award LLJ and Mr LLj. well deserved :)
sandra de @33

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Knew anyone knitting a black swirl that long would have to have a purpose, Lunch Lady Jan, and yup, you did! Wonderfully brilliant idea and totally agree your retro dress was worthy of those compliments, it's gorgeous.
And I am vigorously patting myself on the back here, cos I picked you in band before reading your explanation :D maybe cos have seen you before eh? But this band seems bigger than previous ones ..are there different size bands you play in or maybe my memory from early days on blog was original size and it's grown? How absolutely wonderful that you played for those recovering protectors of our freedoms.
Thanks for popping over already, too.
Shaz in Oz.x #18 I think

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Now that's a knitting project I could just about manage! Your dress is gorgeous. You must get a net petti to go underneath, my girl just loved wearing hers and swishing about!

Fiona #36

Cardarian said...

Hello my lovely lady!
You certainly jazzed up that shrug well! Congrats on the award and I love the picture of your band! Oh yes and the dress is lovely! I want it! :-)
Lots of hugs,

Artatag said...

Oh, this shrug looks so elegant and just perfect to complete your beautiful dress! And congrats for winning the award! Super!
Thanks for your earlier visit!
Gabriele 15

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I thought it was tinsel at first! What a great solution to turn that top into something special. Love the dress - are we going to see you wearing it? ;) Congrats on your joint award - thoroughly deserved no doubt! zsuzsa #35

shazsilverwolf said...

Hiya Jan, how are you doing? Love how you glammed up the shrug- can you imagine what would be charged for one like that!Had a fab weekend, Neet is lovely- and she said you are one person she really wants to meet, so how about that for a coincidence. Chris was well, we all had a lovely meet up. Huge hugs and love to all of you, Shaz xxxxx

Lisca said...

Wow, what a lovely black shrug that has become! No photo of you in you glam set-up? You are clever!
I'm glad the concert was such a success! Help For Heroes is such a good cause. I used to support it too when we lived in the UK, although I am not British. Your military always do a good job wherever they go.
Great photo of the band and congratulations both of you for winning awards.
Thanks for visiting,
Happy WOYWW,

Sharon said...

What a wonderful way to jazz up the shrug. Makes it look very elegant. Great photo of the band and such a worthy cause.

Sharon K #40

Diana Taylor said...

What a gorgeous and glam shrug - and your own designer label! I love the dress, that full skirted style is always so elegant and I think it would look great with the full net petticoat under it. I bet you looked the bees knees! Congratulations on your award (and to hubby too) - you are such a clever, talented lady! I'm so pleased your Help for Heroes concert was a huge success, and they are such a good cause too.
Love and hugs,
Diana xx

Unknown said...

Hello LLJ. Wow I love what you did to dress up jacket over the dress. Congratulations to you and your husband winning an award and what a great thing to help for heroes concerts as they do so much for everyone. Thanks for visiting me earlier and leaving the sweet comment. Have a fantastic week Hugs~Anne L#9

Susanne said...

That definitely adds a tad of tartness to your outfit - how very fun!

ToadilyDiane said...

Perfect trim for your jacket. Congrats on the awards both you and Mr LLJ!
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #31

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit earlier - bottom-in-the-air is asleep at the moment!!
Love the border to your jacket - perfect (and lucky!!)
Congratulations on your award - and the backroom boy!
Have a good week

Bishopsmate #28

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit earlier - bottom-in-the-air is asleep at the moment!!
Love the border to your jacket - perfect (and lucky!!)
Congratulations on your award - and the backroom boy!
Have a good week

Bishopsmate #28

Lynn Holland said...

What a fabulous frock, I may have to borrow it when I go on a posh do haha.
Lynn 52 xx

Unknown said...

Your Be Bop phrase is now stuck in my head! LOL! Fun song. What a cute way to "tart up" your shrug! Congrats on the awards and love the pic of your band! Hope you have a great week!
Carol N #39

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oooh! Congratulations on getting an award! Love the tarting! (or is szchushing the word to use these days? )That fab dress with a net underskirt sounds fantastic! Hugs, Chrisx

LisaDV said...

Great way to fancy up your shrug. It goes fabulously with your dress. Congrats on your award. Happy Wednesday, LisaDV 41

Kelly said...

That leftover yarn was made for that shrug. Turned out very nice. What a great cause. Congrats to you and mr. LLJ on the awards. The arts need more people like you. Creative Blessings! Kelly #42

Andrea said...

what a fab idea and it looks great too. well done for the award and for such a worthy cause too you must have been very proud indeed .hugs andrea x

lilian said...

Liking the outfit and I bet the bang sounded nice,

Lilian B

lilian said...

Liking the outfit and I bet the bang sounded nice,

Lilian B


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