Sunday, 17 July 2016

LOST AND FOUND........


Yesterday, we had a busy day out ( the clue is in the photo above) and got home pretty late last night, so today has mainly consisted of pootling about, doing not very much. It's been so, so hot too! Even sitting in the garden knitting this afternoon, didn't capture my enthusiasm. So, I pottered around doing odd jobs, whilst Mr Snoops was out playing in a Bridge competition.

I needed the hook pole to pull down the garden blind that shades the lounge on days like this and whilst rummaging for it (no, I didn't find it!) I came across something much, much more exciting..... my cardboard box full of all the knitting patterns I had ever bought pre the 'let's not knit anymore because it's gone out of fashion' era. We're looking at patterns that had also been my mother's; patterns costing 9d!!!! Old money! Yes, these are real treasures and have been missing from my life for way too many years. It's not that I haven't looked for them. Believe me, I have! I've racked my brains trying to remember where I might have put them or where they might have gone, but to no avail. Until today that is when, as I glanced down beneath shelves laden with rusty paint tins and discarded plant pots and odds and ends, deep down, well-hidden behind an old bike,  there I spied old cardboard box that had once held photocopier paper. That was the kind of box my patterns had been in, when I last saw them, so this was definitely worth a further look. You cannot imagine my delight when, as I lifted the old antique tin of white emulsion from the top and the rusty wallpaper stripper, there looking up at me was a little doll face wearing an orange and white bonnet!


I've searched high and low for suitable dolls' clothes patterns for my three little granddaughters, kicking myself each time I've needed one, remembering that I had some long ago that would have been just perfect. Well, here they are!

Found, after all this time! I couldn't imagine that I would have ever have parted with them, but for years they have lain hidden away. I have carefully taken out each one and wiped it free of dust, spider web and dead insects and rebooted in a new secure home with a lid. They have been ceremoniously placed on a high status craft shelf, next to the silk paints, never more to live amongst the spiders and rusty cast-offs! I think you can tell I'm pretty blooming pleased! :-)

The busy day out that led to my more restful Sunday was a day pass to see the pink, woolly sheep that have come to symbolise the Latitude Music Festival, held at Henham Park near Southwold in Suffolk. The sun shone, the rain stayed away, the meet up with friends was lovely and the music was phenomenal. There really is nothing to compare with live music and we always delight in seeking out bands that we have never heard of. I know, that's not difficult, as we are no longer spring chicks! The music ranged from John Grant, the National, Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats, the Squeeze and Sturgill Simpson to the more innovative and very exciting sounds of Ratboy, Half Moon Run, Kurt Vile and the Violators and........ the most phenomenal hour of the day brought to us courtesy of Soulwax.



All in all it's been a pretty good weekend. Looking forward to three more days with my current class, before we finish for the summer. Whoohoo!!!!!!

5 comments:

josiekitten said...

Lucky you to find those treasures! I know that mine got thrown out when my parents' house was cleared. :(
Have a good last few days, not long now!! xx

Anna Prasad said...

Those patterns are amazing! I particularly like the dolls clothes. I have been knitting quite a few recently. Lovely photos from the festival too, looks like a great day! Have a wonderful end of term. X Anna

Molly and Mackie said...

hummmmmmmmmm - we're not sure about those pink sheeps!

busybusybeejay said...

I have got that Guys and Dolls pattern book!PLus lots of old patterns with old money on them.Have you knitted sandwiches,cakes,sausage rolls etc for your granddaughters?They were a great hit with mine.I think they are Jean Greenhowe patterns and I think they are free.
have a lovely summer holiday with lots of knitting.Barbara

kate said...

What a great find!!!! Pink sheep though....