Today while poking around one of my favorite thrift stores, I came across an interesting vintage-y looking pink box with graphics of lingerie. It was quite large, long and banded with two rubber bands. Part of the fun of thrift store shopping is never knowing what you’re going to come across. I opened the noisy box (it rattled) and was extremely pleased to find a collection of old knitting needles and crochet hooks. Large ones, small ones, wooden ones, metal ones, curved ones, and loopy ones. A lifetime of handcraft tools all in one box.
I do knit and crochet, but am not actively pursuing this hobby at the moment. It’s something that I always do come back to from time to time. I enjoy the familiar and comforting rhythms of clicking needles and handling yarn. It alternately focuses the mind and allows it to wander at the same time, while producing a work of art. There is something about using needles and hooks passed along by someone else. I wonder how many sweaters and scarves were lovingly knit with the needles over time? I’m sure a certain energy is passed along after all those hours spent in industrious hands!
I enjoy vintage knitting and crochet pattern books and buy any that I happen to come across. The patterns are incredibly lovely, intricate, and often amusing too! How about making a pair of 1940s “Loafer Espadrilles” house slippers, or a “High Chair Doily” for elegant baby dining? (I have the patterns!) I am often amazed at how much work was put into making such household items. I love collecting this aspect of vintage womanly arts.
Now that the cold winter wind is a blowin’ and I’m cuddled up warm inside, I think it may be a good time to pick up the needles and start a project. I do have a stash of vintage yarn (I collect that too), the patterns, and many types of knitting needles, so I have no excuses. And a pair of Loafer Espadrilles does sound quite fetching!