Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Old Crochet Pattern
A number of years ago I was given this old magazine. I believe the Home Journal was a very popular magazine in years gone by. I actually remember my mother having them, and using the paper tissue patterns included for sewing. Sadly, I don't have any others. I've lost the cover for this one, but after doing a little research, I know it's from 1955 [there was a movie review, so I googled the movie to find out when it was made - The Man from Laramie, starring James Stewart]. The reason I've kept this particualr magazine is for the beautiful crochet pattern in it.
I have made the large mat, using thread given to me by a family I met years ago. The husband's mother used to crochet, and he gave me all her threads and hooks. This was made from some of her thread. It's in #60 thread. I love the pattern, it's so intricate, compared with many of the newer designs we get these days. This mat is approximately 14ins in diameter. I really should make it again, with the little mats to match, in ecru, which is really my preferred colour choice these days. I have another few pieces of crochet that I shall share in the coming weeks, one in particular from another old publication. I just need to track down the booklet so I can photograph it to include in the post. Some of these old books and leaflets are my pride and joy. I've carted them with me on all of our various moves from job to job. I suppose they mean a lot to me because they belonged to my old [now deceased] maiden aunt.
On behalf of the people in my district, I say thank you to all who have voiced concern for the situation here. I believe the people will be allowed to return to their homes tomorrow, Thursday, and one of the large Coal Seam Gas companies will be supplying men and equipment to help with the clean up and recovery. We have been led to believe that we should stay away, unless asked specifically by friends for help. There is a definite risk of disease/infection due to the state of the place. Thank you everyone for any offers of help. I am as much at a loss to help as any of you at this stage. Surely we will find some way we can be of some assistance, even if it's only to take some washing to do, or provide food for workers.
I notice this is post #91 for me, and as I count towards 100, I am excited. I will have a give-away when that post is reached, so watch this space.
At the moment I'm back to working on my hardanger, which I will share with you soon. Cheers to all, and happy stitching.