Friday, 26 August 2011

My Vintage Crochet Book Find

We have a local charity shop in the town where we live here in Holland.
Now, we visit this shop at least once a month just to have a look around.
And I must say I have often found the odd thing or two there.
The first thing I do when we get to the shop is to look at the books, which all cost just 1 euro.
What I'm really hoping to find is a crochet book, but there never seem to be any.
Until yesterday that is.
And here it is, a real vintage crochet book from the 70's!!

The book is in Dutch of course, but it was translated from English it says on the inside cover, in 1972.
Anyway there are some great patterns in it, 77 altogether.
The colours are somewhat dated in most of them, but I'm trying to think beyond that.

I love this baby pram cover.                                         And this cute little dress.

And this could look lovely made up in todays colours.

These pot holders in todays colours would look great. And this rag mat and pillows would too.

And what about these then. A simple square patterned blanket, and on the right a wall covering.
The wall covering is like a small crochted blanket and the crocheted flowers are added to it.
Very colourful, and very 70's, I for one had never thought of crocheting something to put on the wall.

I love the simple patterns of these mats.

And all of these, get the nice chunky looking ripple in the right hand corner.

Now isn't this cute, just a three round granny square using bright colours for the middles and black for the last round.
I always wanted to make a blanket like this, it's a classic!!! so may be now I will.
It's a great way of using up stash yarn.

And now do you want to have a laugh!!!!
Well I had to laugh when I first saw this nexted picture.
Even back then I can't imagine a man wearing these.
Poor, poor man, did he ever live it down!!!!!

Now, with a few adjustments to colour and style they might work.
But not for men, at least not my type of man.
Be honest could you really see Colin Firth or Jude Law wearing these?
The mind boggles!!!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!
Love Chris

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Getting into Zinc

I have been visiting a lot of Scandinavian blog online lately.
And I must say I love their style.
What I am really getting into is Zinc, they seem to have loads of it in their homes and gardens.
Well I've had this set of zinc flower pots on a zinc tray for ages.
They were in a corner of the garden, so I got them out and gave them a clean.
I now want to get some little plants to put in them.
I'm not sure anymore just how long I've had these, but it's well over 15 years.
And then I was in a shop a couple of days ago and I came acrossed these.

Well I fell in love with them at once, and was really pleased when I saw they were half price.
They cost me just under 2 euros 50.
I now have a whole wish list of zinc stuff I want.
But the no 1 thing I want in time for Christmas is a zinc house that you can put candles in.
Take a look at these ones here.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Both Coming a Long Nicely

I'm working on Katie's Blanket again.
I want it finished in the first week of September.

I love the colours so far.

I'm very pleased with it.
And my ripple is coming a long nicely too.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Old Project New Project

I stopped working on my last big granny square blanket for my granddaughter Katie.
When I say stopped I mean for a while then, just for the hoildays.
I want all three of the blankets finished so that I can give them to them in September.
Two are already finished and Katie's one is bigger now than it was in this photo.
So in a couple of weeks time I'll pull myself together and finish it.
Mean while I have started a new project.
A wonderfully colourful ripple blanket.
I love it!!!!