I recently entered a competition on the Crinoline Robot blog which is written by the lovely Mim who actually is one of the very few vintage blog writers that is vaguely in my neck of the woods. Every year she gives away of Box of Robotness which is full of stuff she really likes, things she’s gathered over the year. This year she was giving away this fabulous box of goodies and I won!
So what did I get? An enormous bag of Professor Elemental Russian Caravan and Earl Grey blended tea (I haven’t tried it yet), three lots of very cute vintage buttons which I already have ideas for, a pair of Moffat Maid burnt coffee coloured vintage tights, a pair of Cindy chocolate 100% nylon stockings, a gorgeous Vintage Fashion Knitwear book and a beautifully hand knitted fair isle beret made by Mim’s own fair hands.
Both the tights and stockings fit me perfectly so I will definitely be wearing them. I’m one of those people who believes if you buy something vintage you should wear it. I hate the idea of something really special wasting away in my wardrobe and never being used. The whole point of vintage for me is to always show it off. Of course, I would love a delicately beaded silk gown from the 1920s but I don’t think I’d ever buy one because I wouldn’t want it to just decorate a mannequin or be wrapped up away from admiring eyes.
I absolutely adore the beret and will definitely be sporting it once the winter sets in. It has already had much admiration, especially from my mum who tried to steal it for herself. I wanted to have a photo of me in it to show you but what with everything still being utter chaos I haven’t managed to get around to it, sorry.
My favourite thing, though, has to be the knitwear book which I have added a few shots of. It covers every era from the 1900s up to the 2000s and has so many beautiful garments in it. It has certainly rekindled my longing to be able to knit. I mean, just look at that 1920s knitted robe!
It’s strange because I am a craft person at heart and am a dab hand at most things, including baking, painting, sewing, interior design, even crochet, yet knitting has always eluded me. My mum has tried teaching me in the past and I have managed to knit a scarf (and it was straight), yet anything else just seems like a monumental mountain to climb. I keep buying vintage knitting pattern books in the hope that one day something will click in my brain but I won’t hold my breathe!
I’d love to be able to knit 1940s and 50s jumpers and cardigans because you just can’t find anything similar today. I have searched and searched for ones that are close fitting, sit just on the waist and have exquisite detail but no, there’s nothing modern like this. Everything is long, baggy and really boring!
And look at these! How amazing would it be to knit a whole dress or even dungarees? Okay, maybe not dungarees, but the options are endless and every era leading up to nineties seems to have such creative designs.
I remember having the most amazing jumper during the 80s that my great aunt knitted for me. It was baby blue with huge bright pink lips all over it. A little girl came up to me in our high street and said “You’ve got kisses all over you!” I loved that jumper and I think knitwear just went downhill after that for me.
Are you a knitter or are you, like me, utterly clueless?