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Archive for the ‘1950′s’ category

Oh dear, I have been sadly neglectful of my blog again! Motherhood is a full time job you know :) I will try harder though, and try to post regularly here, promise :)

As the title of this post suggests, there is going to be things about the 1950′s in this post, and crochet things too, so without further ado, let’s dive straight into the 1950′s :) I love the 1950′s, it is my favourite era, I love everything about this time, and recently I have bought some really wonderful books about the 50′s, my favourite of these been A 1950′s Housewife and A 1950′s Mother, both by Sheila Hardy,

These really are wonderful books and I can not recommend them enough, they cover every aspect of life as a 1950′s wife and mother that you can think of, from going to the hairdressers, to the clothes we and our baby’s wore, what we ate, knitting, sewing and crocheting, leisure time, how we brought up baby, these books really are wonderful and I definitely count these two books amongst my favourite

Another good book is the 1950′s Scrapbook, which, as the name suggests, is a scrapbook of all things 1950′s! Here are a few piccies to whet your appetite :)

 

Another great book is this one..

This book was originally published as two, The 1950′s and The 1960′s – The Best Of Times, but has now been published under this one title, and of course, my favourite section is the 50′s part :) Here are some piccies from this great book.

And of course, the latest issue of Woman’s Weekly A Vintage View is the 1950′s, and it is fabulous!

 

I am really enjoying collecting this series :)

And now, let’s talk crochet :) Well, as regular readers of my blog will know, I am a crochetaholic! I love to crochet :) I always have something on my hook, and at the moment, I am crocheting a lovely cardigan for myself in purple 4ply, it is the South Sea Cardigan by Vicki Brown which was published in the Inside Crochet magazine a few years ago, I have no piccies of this as yet, but I will be posting some in the future.

I recently crocheted this gorgeous little sailors outfit for our beautiful baby, it is by ShiFio, I love their patterns :)

And I have also just recently finished crocheting this adorable little bear for our Little J, who is called Miss Pinkleberry on account of her pink eyes, lol :)

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The pattern for this bear is by Sue Pendleton, who has recently retired from designing, her work is wonderful, I simply love her toy patterns :) Miss Pinkleberry is a jointed bear, so her head, arms and legs move, here she is in her frilly bloomers and stripey stockings

and in her finery, posing in Little J’s bedroom :)

 

And speaking of Little J, here is a recent photo of her, my gorgeous, beautiful, amazing daughter, I love her so so so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, bye for now :) x

This post is all about crochet :) I love to crochet, it is my passion, I love to design my own things and follow patterns, I love to go wool shopping, and adding to my already huge stash, I get excited when thinking up or choosing new patterns to do, I love the feel of crochet, I love how relaxed I feel when I crochet, I love the feeling of accomplishing something worthwhile when my project is done, I love crocheting for others and myself, for our home and competitions, I love everything and anything to do with crochet, and this post is dedicated to what is to me, the best of all crafts :)

Wouldn’t it be lovely if wool shops were like they used to be? I just love traditional, old fashioned wool shops, I have a wonderful memory of one where my grandad lived. It was not even in the shopping centre, but in the middle of a housing estate, as everyone used to knit or crochet, even then, not that long ago. It was a very old fashioned wool shop, which probably had not changed for a long time, wooden shelving and cubby holes behind the glass counter, and lining the walls, stuffed with wool of all different colours, glass display cabinets, that certain smell, a friendly lady behind the counter, there to help you and also to have a cosy chat, wonderful :) Even normal every day shops, the kind that are on every street corner, convenience stores we call them now, used to have a selection of wool, and knitting or crocheting paraphernalia in stock, as everyone used to knit or crochet! Imagine going into a local convenience shop for a loaf of bread and pint of milk, and also been able to pick up a ball of wool and spare crochet hook, wouldn’t that be wonderful!   I love the book Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym, it has a wonderful description of a very old fashioned wool shop in it, and lots of references to cosy knitting :) I would just love for wool shops to be like they used to be…..

I would love to hear your memories about traditional wool shops :)

I finished crocheting the vintage matinee set for Little J, and I love it! I really enjoyed crocheting this set, and Little J just looks gorgeous in it!

I’ve also just finished designing and crocheting a teddy bear pram mobile, for Little J’s pram :)

And I’ve also just finished designing and crocheting a little pixie style bonnet, inspired by the ones of the 40s and 50s :)

I just love Little J’s face on the next one

And speaking of designing, the book that I designed and made a few patterns for arrived last week! I was so excited to receive this, and see my work in it’s glossy pages! I was asked last year to design these, I was pregnant at the time, and now, here it is, in the flesh so to speak, I got my complimentary copy last week through the post, what a lovely surprise :)

Well, I’m going to do some housework and washing now, then relax with Little J, and do some more, yes you guessed it, crochet :)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend :) x