Sunday, 11 November 2012

Vintage Loveliness

I love anything vintage - fabric, yarn, surface patterns and most of all vintage knitting and crochet patterns. I have a secret little collection dotted around my various drawers, so that it's no so obvious to the casual observer (namely my husband!!). I have a daughter who loves all things vintage too and I'm lucky that her charity shop rummaging often results in a nice little pile of gorgeous patterns to add to my collection.

Recently I was offered a knitting commission for 3 pairs of socks/stockings - a thigh length pair, an over-the-knee pair and a knee-high pair. I jumped at the chance before considering how long it might take me to design and knit up 3 pairs of long socks. Oops, that was a mistake. Working thigh length stockings on 2.5mm needles with sock yarn isn't something I could do over a few nights. Luckily I've found a nice lady who will knit them up for me. What a a relief - I'll be forever grateful.

Whilst researching socks, mainly for heels, shaping and toes, I came across the most wonderful etsy shop called 2nd. look vintage.I love the way that Lauren has tinted her images to make the items stand out beautifully.

My heart skipped a little beat when I saw her fab collection of vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery. I just love the sophistication of 1940's and 1950's knitted and crocheted bags, gloves, scarves and socks. Somehow they seem timeless and classic.

I love this pretty crochet shrug
and this sexy knitted jumper
This crochet tote is fab

and these sexy stockings were the perfect inspiration for my commission.
Lauren's etsy shop is definitely worth a look if you love anything vintage click here for 2nd. look vintage.