I have to admit that I was a little sad to take down the tree and trimmings this year. Putting them up is always such a happy occasion, fuelled with anticipation as to what lies ahead, but I find the removal of the glittery delights such an anticlimax, a definitive “that’s that then”. I'm sure I'm not alone in that :o)
On a positive note, normal service will resume tomorrow. Mr Y heads back to work which means my mornings will be spent with the little Y’s, my afternoons and evenings consumed by knitting and the like – a familiarity that I relish!
As a final hurrah, as it were, before the normality that will hit like a brick tomorrow, Mr Y and I took a trip out of the county yesterday, leaving our little helpers safely with their grandparents.
We were on a vintage quest with plans to spend some of the Christmas/birthday money that had been burning a hole in my pocket :o)
My first purchase was a job lot of over 20 vintage sewing patterns. There are a few from the 1930's and 1940's, but the majority of them are from the early 1950's and so aren’t really in keeping with what I normally collect but at as they are mostly unused, old shop stock I think, and dated, I simply couldn’t walk away without them.
Next up are a couple of tins featuring our current Queen. Yes, I know that Jubilee is over but I have a thing for tins, and these were vintage tins at that, so I had to have them. They did also come with the 1935 Jubilee mug for King George V but I donated that to my parents for their coronation china collection (but I should have photographed it first!)
A rather random addition to my magazine collection is a 1939 copy of The Farmers Home. Fear not, I'm not suddenly going to ramble on about the various makes of tractors etc, far from it. This magazine caught my eye because of the beauties featured on the back page, all of whom were entrants in the "milkmaid charm competition". Can't help wondering how many of these lovely ladies went on to become land girls just months later.
I also did a spot of clothes shopping!! I'm so excited by this. I managed to pick up an absolutely amazing 1940's wool jacket in the brightest colours I've ever seen on such a garment. As if that weren't good enough, the jacket bears the II0II utility mark.
My favourite purchase of the day has to be the rather snugly eiderdown that I picked up for M. As a young child, I had sheets and then a lovely paisley eiderdown on top – no duvets – and I remember how warm it kept me. C has one already, much coveted by her little sister, but now she has one too. Just need to get the building work finished off in her room so she can enjoy it :o) By the way, does anyone know if you can wash eiderdowns?
As we were travelling, I opted for a very simple knit, all stocking stitch with just a little moss stitch, and went for my tried and tested stripes and bows jumper.
Originally the pattern was featured in a Needlewoman and Needlecraft magazine but I’m working from the post war copy, issued by Penelope, because I can’t find the photocopy of the original!
Have you started any New Year projects or are you being strong minded and finishing off your
P.S. If you are the fellow blogger who asked for a copy of my wavy jumper pattern, please send me another comment. I saw your comment while I was away but small phone + stubby fingers = deleted message and I can't get in contact with you! :o)