Look at these beauties I picked up for three pounds in a charity shop this weekend.
Its never rich pickings for vintage around here so I was delighted to find these in a local charity shop and I love tomato red.
These also have lovely white mini saddle stitching around the cuff and along the central dart.
They’re a nice snug fit so they elongate my fingers and oh my they are just divine.
The girl in the shop said they had been given lots of different pairs that morning but after a desperate rummage we couldn’t find any more. I’m going back on Saturday and no, I’m not saying where it is!
In this picture, artfully photographed by Dawn Elliott photography (www.dawnelliottphotography.co.uk) and modelled charmingly by Vintage Vi (www.vintagevi.co.uk)you can see one of my ribbon fastening 1940s style snoods. I make and sell these based on an original 1940s design, (www.etsy.com/shops/ginpoodle) I make an elasticated version too but the ribbon one is what I want to talk to you about.
When you buy a new snood the silkiness of the ribbon means it can be a swine to keep in place, the bow can work loose and can even come undone completely.
So my top tip is before you put it on, with the ribbon untied give it quick spritz with hairspray. Don’t go mad or you’ll get manky looking dark patches, all you need is a little bit to stop the ribbon being so slippy. Over time the ribbon will behave better and it will get a coating of hairspray every time you wear it but its the first outing that needs help or you might end up flinging it across the room never to be worn again.
If you do go a bit mad with the hairspray or if the ribbon loses its lustre after a few wears give it a handwash with some shampoo and it will perk up no end.
Finally, I also want to say, and this is a bit of a sore point with me, is that this is a snood. The knitted tube you wear around your neck is a cowl. I blame Nic Kershaw.
Now that I’m concentrating on just one project at a time I am making good progress with this cardigan.
I am doing the top one in a mushroomy camel. The pattern is from this vintage book I picked up for about four pounds from a car boot sale a few years ago. There’s no date but I’m guessing its from the early 40s, if anyone can put me right please do.
So far I’ve finished one front piece and I’m nearly halfway up the other. I love knitting to vintage patterns, the shaping is really nicely done with changes to needle sizes as well as increasing and decreasing.
I hope this will suit me when its finished because I really want to keep it but I don’t like myself in light colours so it could well end up in my shop.