|Net cape from Sept. 1942 copy of Stitchcraft|
I was all smiles this morning when I found this knitting and stitching hoard in my local charity shop. They had just opened and I was one of the first through the door, which was quite lucky as I reckon they would have been snapped up by another eagle eyed crafter later on in the day.
As I scanned through them, I thought they were mostly patterns from the 50s and 60s mixed in with a Woman's Weekly from 1958, a Simplicity sewing book from 1972 and a Vogue Knitting from the early 50s, but snucked in between these I found three copies of Stitchcraft magazine from the 1940s...oh joy!
Unfortunately the December 1943 copy has lost its cover, but the other two are in excellent condition. I love the fair isle cardigan on the 1942 cover and am thinking that this could be a winter knit, but changing the colours used to a charcoal gray with a plummy-red. What made the find even sweeter was when I took my bundle up to the till and was charged 30p for each pattern and magazine - including the Stitchcrafts! One of the women serving muttered that these shouldn't have been put out as "they're old"...yup, I know!
I have yet to read the magazines fully, but have had a brief flick through and found some great pictures and ads to share with you...
Aren't these models the epitome of effortless chic? Looking through the 1950s magazines, what really catches my eye is the size of the models' waists - they're tiny! It's all down to 'roll-ons' says my Mum, who had an identical figure herself in the 50s and rocked some really wicked looking stilettos.
We've all had days when the knitting/sewing just isn't working out (that's why I brought the Simplicity book - its brilliant for sewing know-how) and I was heartened to see the word 'confusion' written on the page of a dress pattern. It looks like the previous owner of this magazine just couldn't get to grips with making the skirt; I wonder if she did manage to finish it in the end?
This page is taken from one of the Stitchcrafts and features 'Potato Pete' and and an ad about how to get a woollen frock without using those all important coupons...
I like this feature caption with advice from the 'Man-Who-Sees'; who knows, I might need his sage advice when Husband retires and is 'underfoot all day'!
And finally....here's something I found yesterday whilst mooching about a charity furniture store with a friend: a1960s Lloyd Loom blanket box. I've been keeping an eye out for one for ages as I thought it would make an excellent toy box. I was really lucky to chance upon this as it's in excellent nick (I don't even have to re-paint it!) and even the cover on the seat doesn't need replacing. All I had to do was give it a clean and re-stick the fringing in places. What's doubly cool though, is that it matches the laundry box that I brought last year for Monkeychild's bedroom.