Well hello there!
I had a fabulous Saturday! Despite a crashing hangover from too many grape juices with a pal the night before I managed to hoist my feeble frame out of bed and to the local charity shop. My local shop isn't a big chain like Oxfam, instead its a hospice shop. I tend to find these are much better for a bit of vintage luck, both because they don't have "experts" on hand to price things up and because grateful people leave their worldly goods to these shops so you find all sorts of interesting bits and bobs that elderly folk have hoarded away.
In particular, this place is a gold mine for knitting supplies and lo and behold, what did I find on Saturday morning but three skeins each of some beautifully coloured vintage wool, one being Paton's, a brand I have seen listed in several 40's patterns.
I also found three vintage knitting patterns. There were more but I really only wanted these three. The red 50's cardigan is knit in one large piece, so no seaming (yay!) and the little evening number is just beautiful. I'd really like to post the full patterns up but I can't work out how to get scanned images onto my blog...any tips welcome.
The whole haul only cost me £3.50, unfortunately not enough to remove the stain on my soul for following this up with a quick trip to Primark, where I picked up a leopard print brolly, leopard print socks, a peacock feather fascinator and some leather gloves and a belt. The belt, being plaited, is pretty 70's looking, but I'm sure I can work this into a more 30's look with a hand knitted jumper, my new pleated skirt and the right hair.
I also bought some incredible (read incredibly bad) jeggings as a joke gift for my friend Fleur de Guerre which I gave to her that night, as we attended the inaugural Candlelight Club. It was a fabulous night that I've only just recovered from. I'd like to blog about it but I didn't take any photos so hopefully someone else will post something soon. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend, even yesterday's long slow recovery.
I hope you all had a fab time yourselves.