I have spent a lovely morning with my friends at the Car Boot Sale – after not having gone for several weeks, I realised just how much I had missed it…
My last post was focused on vintage patterns – this week I’m sharing some of my vintage purchases. I am a complete sucker for anything crocheted or knitted, as I still consider myself a bit of a beginner, I love to work out how they made it and how I might recreate it or perhaps use that design in another way.
I’m sure I have many weaknesses at the Car Boot Sale, so I couldn’t resist these. I can remember having a sewing kit from a very young age, with some poppers and needles which seemed, even then in the 70s, quite ancient. Now they look even older but with age comes a better appreciation of them!
Yesterday I attended a knitting class at my local haberdashery, and got into a long conversation with one of the other attendees about how I enjoy reusing old knitting needles. I was given a large batch from a friend of the family, whose Mum was no longer able to knit and she wanted them to go to a good home. I love using these knitting needles, not only are they more comfortable and easy to use, but as I am using them my mind wanders in contemplation of what they may have made and how much enjoyment she had from using them, as I do now.
My final pile of vintage purchases includes some mending yarn, tools of the trade (including the bell for sizing needles / hooks, which I absolutely love. There are a few tools there I’m not too familiar with – I wonder what they are used for? My favourite in this stash though has to be the woven labels – two little boxes half-full with printed labels for ‘Drawing Room’ and ‘Dining Room’.
My overactive imagination has been unleashed, leaving me pondering the origin of these labels – I am picturing them being sewn into the linens in a Gosford Park / Downton Abbey setting.