Thursday, April 30, 2015

Love at first sight, free vintage knitting pattern c. 1940s

Winter's nearly here in Australia, so it's time to start looking for toasty jumpers and sweaters! I loved the adorable neck and waist ribbon on this jumper and wanted to share the pattern with you.

The stretchy rib and cables mean that it will fit a variety of sizes, and the sleeves have a nice puffed forties look which is really flattering.
1940s free vintage knitting pattern jumper




























I hope you like it too!

To fit 32-36 inch bust (stretchy)
Yarn: fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cute as a Wink (hat and gloves), c. 1940s

Its getting so lovely and fresh here in the mornings, so close to Winter that I'm getting excited about wearing knits again.

Looking through my knitting books for inspiration, I came across this sweet little hat and gloves combo - I hope you like it! It's from Woman's World Knitting, circa 1940s.

free vintage knitting patterns 1940s hat gloves






























It's knit using fingering weight yarn and  3.75mm DPNs for the hat, and 2.75mm DPNs for the gloves. Enjoy!




Monday, April 06, 2015

My vintage brooch collection

I have a secret to share - besides collecting vintage knitting and sewing patterns, I also collect brooches!

1940s lucite novelty brooch celluloid monogram sweetheart jewellery jewelry




























They're mainly from the 1930s-1950s, but there's a few modern ones in there as well.

1940s lucite novelty bakelite cherry brooch celluloid monogram sweetheart jewellery jewelry





























I have a couple of passions, one for 1940s carved lucite brooches - case in point: lobsters and crabs oh my!

1940s lucite novelty brooch crab lobster celluloid monogram sweetheart jewellery jewelry






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My latest prize is a carved lucite safety pin brooch, with diamante detail:

1940s lucite novelty brooch celluloid monogram sweetheart jewellery jewelry
Monogram brooches - Bs and Rs:

1940s lucite novelty brooch celluloid monogram sweetheart jewellery jewelry

Scottie dogs and sweetheart brooches:

1940s lucite novelty brooch celluloid lobster plastic sweetheart jewellery jewelry






















The 1940's beaded dangle brooch below was a present from Jakk and my first real novelty brooch. I blame her for my collecting bug.

1940s lucite novelty brooch celluloid plastic sweetheart jewellery jewelry

Cowboy brooches,  Niello (Siam) silver and celluloid:

1940s lucite novelty brooch celluloid cowboy sweetheart jewellery jewelry




















I store all my brooches (80+) on some white picture frames from IKEA - cover the backing board in wadding and fabric, and they're a cheap and easy storage solution.

It's hard to pick a favourite, but if I could only take one brooch with me I think it would be the lucite crab (another present from Jakk). It's just so silly, and it makes me smile when I catch a glimpse of it in a reflection.

haskell 1940s lucite novelty brooch crab

Novelty brooches are pretty hard to come by in Australia (about 90% of these came from the USA) but you can find them if you look hard.

Do you collect anything a bit different? I'd love to see photos!

Edited to add - OK, I also collect Australian Lustrewear! Maybe I have a problem...

1940s 1950s lustreware fish vases kitsch australiana pates mingay

 
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