Sunday, 8 January 2012

Auction Loot!

My chap went to an auction before Christmas and bid on a lot he thought I might be interested in. Interested? I was beside myself when he placed this on the living room floor:

He bought it for the selection of wool and knitting needles inside but I couldn't believe how cute the basket was!  It goes perfectly in our living room. This was a timely gift as I'd just bought myself a knitting book so I used the wool and needles to practice. There are some lovely coloured yarns there together with two knitted sleeves that the previous owner unfortunately never got around to finishing.

The fun was only just beginning.   He bought in a large suitcase which, besides junk and old shoes, contained these little gems:

Year (from left to right): Unknown, 1972, 1968

Year (from left to right): 1971, 1972, 1968 

Year (from left to right): 1995, 1970, Unknown

These are my first vintage patterns! The patterns range from the late sixties / early seventies to the eighties with some nineties. My favourites are those from the sixties and early seventies including those pictured above.  There's nothing appealing about the eighties' patterns. It's funny how I can readily picture a cute skirt or dress made up from one of the above but no matter how hard I try I can't picture myself wearing anything made up from the eighties' patterns. Maybe that era is just too close to appeal to me just yet.

There was more:

This Vogue knitting book was published in 1969. It's a comprehensive guide to knitting and crochet and contains lots of stitches and projects.  

I've saved what is possibly the best to last (but really I love it all).

Unfortunately there's no year of publication on the book. This is a new edition of the book and I have seen earlier versions from 1938 and 1942 on-line. My guess is that the book is from that era as the introduction includes the following:

"Home dressmaking, with all its economies, is a woman's easiest form of patriotic service".  

"Remodelling, renovating, making do with what you have, is a vital part of war-time dressing".

The earlier versions I've seen on-line have a sturdy cover.  If this was a war issue (which it looks like) then this could explain the lack of a proper cover.  Paper was rationed in the UK during the war and publications were printed to a strict, wartime economy standard (see Wikipedia link).

There's so much information packed into the 64 pages including tailoring and a whole host of alterations, seam and hem finishes.

There was also a Singer sewing machine manual and numerous knitting patterns. There was even some guides to home basketry.  The previous owner was extremely industrious.  If I ever get bored of sewing I can take up basketry and weave myself a toast rack (yes really!).

My chap was in a bidding war with an old lady at the auction. She probably thought she was safe to take home the patterns in a roomful of men. My chap just kept his hand up until she dropped out!

I'm delighted with these delicious goodies (can you tell?).

Happy sewing.  


  1. What a score! It's all amazing.

  2. Yay! These are all so fun! So glad your lad came up the winner! I look forward to seeing what you knit!

  3. Wow, you've got one great guy, what great loot!

  4. Thanks guys! He did brilliantly with this lot. Sewing toys are always great, however old they are!