People Keep Giving Me Things

If there’s one piece of advice I could give to a collector of old knitting and sewing patterns, it would be this:

Make sure your friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues know you collect these crazy old things.

I didn’t even realise the benefits of this myself until late last year, when I was gifted with a pattern book for knitted novelties.  My unexpected benefactor happened to mention she had a book she thought I’d love and an hour later, it was in my hands.  Mine!  To keep!

On top of this, I’ve had people taking pity on my inability to cultivate a fabric stash by doing it for me.  This is awesome, in my opinion, although I’m now faced with the problem of finding a way to make use of this donated stash.  As problems go, it a good one to have.

More recently, I came in to work one Monday morning and found a little parcel on my desk with my name on it.  Intriguing, I thought to myself.  Why should anyone be giving me a mysterious gift?  And since I’m chronically incapable of dealing with my own curiosity longer than absolutely necessary, I set to opening this little bag and pulling out the treasures inside, which looked a little like this:

Gifted Patterns

One copy of Winter Warmers in exceptionally good condition and, even better, an entire knitting book devoted to glove patterns from the fifties.  Or so I’m guessing.  It’s tricky to date patterns when there are no models with helpful hairstyles, so I’m purely going by the book number here.  I already have a copy of Winter Warmers (actually, I have two, but the first one is in rubbish condition) but I’d never seen the glove book before – it’s an absolute treasure!  Gloves are so much fun to make and they are ridiculously practical.  The pair I made last year are one of my favourite makes ever: they’re cosy and warm and I get a huge kick out of glancing down at them every now and then so I can marvel at the fact that I made them myself.  And as we move ever deeper into Winter, the idea of making yet more gloves becomes increasingly attractive… and now I have a whole book full of patterns to try!

So if you collect interesting old things and you’ve been keeping your obsession a secret, put a stop to that right now.  Let all and sundry know what you collect and you never know what might turn up on your work desk of a Monday morning.

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Fourth Daughter 22nd June 2015 - 11:19 am

Ooooh maybe I could add to your stash – now that I’ve moved, I am working through my stuff and desperately trying to cull. Will keep you in mind as I do!

Katie Writes Stuff 22nd June 2015 - 11:29 am

That would be amazing! I’ve fallen a bit in love with the idea of matching a pattern to fabric, rather than the other way around. Plus, anything that avoids having to encounter the uniformly grumpy staff at my local Spotlight is a bit of a win.

alexiericrac 22nd June 2015 - 3:57 pm

I love telling friends and family about my loves too!! I almost always wind up with things to bring home with me. I must say, I do love the glove pattern book! I never learned to knit anything beyond a scarf though, and I can purl, but nothing else. Cannot wait to learn how to knit properly too.

Katie Writes Stuff 23rd June 2015 - 9:49 am

Being able to knit is a brilliant skill and it all starts with knitting and purling – if you know how to do that, you’re well on your way. Now all you need to do is keep a lookout for amazing patterns wherever you go.

Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! 23rd June 2015 - 6:23 am

I agree! There is nothing better than free stuff that you are interested in!

Katie Writes Stuff 23rd June 2015 - 9:50 am

It’s like having dozens of extra eyes looking in places you may not visit! It’s wonderful.

jennyrecorder 23rd June 2015 - 9:15 am

I too have Winter Warmers, the photos are priceless!!!

Katie Writes Stuff 23rd June 2015 - 9:51 am

They are pretty amazing. My favourites are the ones where people are holding apples in their gloved hands because it’s like the stylist was running out of things for people to hold, so they picked the first thing that came to hand. The patterns are brilliant, though.

Bonita Vear (@bjvear) 28th June 2015 - 3:39 pm

This has started happening to me… Word gets around and sudden people are giving you vintage stuff “because you’ll appreciate it”. Why, yes, yes I will! Thank you! ❤

bonita of Lavender & Twill

Katie Writes Stuff 28th June 2015 - 5:57 pm

It’s wonderful, isn’t it? It’s like having a little army of minions all on the lookout for you.

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