This February just gone, my family lost its oldest member, my great Aunty Di who was aged 96. It is sad for us that she is gone but we are all very grateful that she stayed in her own home until the end, and that she didn’t suffer for long.
She was actually my husband’s great aunt, and so I only met her for the first time at her 90th birthday party. She was very cheerful and finished off the party by having an argument with (a much younger) friend about the fact that she wanted to do the clearing up. It could have been just the celebratory atmosphere, but I quickly learned she was always like that! Cheerful and determined to look after people. Even though I only a knew her for a few years, I know I will miss her, and in a way it is good to know that no matter what age you are you can still make an impact on people.
As she stayed in her house until the end, there has been a lot of sorting out of all her things to do, by my father-in-law and his siblings. Something which came to me was a full bin bag of yarn and knitting and crochet patterns. So the last few days I have been having a look through because it’s nice to think I can make something out of what she left behind.
Well, as you can see, some of the patterns had clearly been kept for a long time.
Aren’t these vintage photo’s amazing? How thin women were!
Lots of the patterns are very dated, so I’m not sure I’d make any of them, but I do love this simple shrug- in my size!- so here’s hoping I get my knitting needles out again soon.
There are a few patterns which just made me smile. How about this hairy jumper for the man in your life? I love how the camera catches the light reflecting off the filaments. And in peach too!
The styling on these is quite amusing too!
There was also a plethora of His-and-Hers, and “for the whole family” patterns. I wonder if this concept will ever make a comeback?!
Lots of the patterns are actually quite classic, and if you updated the haircuts and colours they would seem very up to date today.
This advert was on the back of one of the patterns. You have to read the text to realise it’s vintage and not modern!
Now back to the yarn. This was interesting to go through, because it makes you realise just how far fibre content has come on over the years. I often hear people that complain that they don’t like wool because it is scratchy and heavy. Well some of these old fibres (which still have the ball bands on them) make me realise why people think that! There is quite a few here that I couldn’t wear because of the “scratch factor”. However, I’m thinking of experimenting with some felting on the pure wool bits and pieces.
Some of the colours and colour combinations are also a little crazy; this red is so bright it freaked out my camera and I had to change the light settings for the picture to not come out as a scary blob! And the pink/blue option here – well, I suppose it works for Sully from Monsters Inc! Finally, mohair – this would make great soft toys, but one of the balls looks almost exactly like what I pull off my hairbrush that it’s a bit scary! It does make me wonder though – what colour combinations are in fashion now that will seem awful in 20, 30, or 40 year’s time?
This linen blend yarn has potential. It feels a little stiff but I’m wondering if blocking it would alter that. And, not only are there several balls, but it’s z-twist, so great for crocheting with!
Finally, there was an embroidery hoop in amongst the midst of all this. It’s getting my creative brain ticking over, so watch this space!
I know some of you are wondering what on earth can be done with all these odd balls of stash. Well, I have a project coming up tomorrow which can answer that question!