Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Prospector

I love thrift shopping. I mean, I LOVE thrift shopping. My mother will tell you of a time when I didn't, but I assure you it was only grade school teasing to blame ("Second hand?! What, are you on welfare?! Welfare kid!) I've never met a thrift store I didn't like, and it breaks my heart if I don't have time to stop at a yard
sale. Thank god my boyfriend and family all share the same bargain hunting obsession!

While in my hometown over my vacation, I stopped by the thrift store I've been frequenting since knee-high to a grasshopper: The Prospector.


A big ole whack of fabric! Some great old stuff with nutso prints too! Finding a whole lot of something like this in a thrift store can only mean one thing: Somebody's grandma (or grandpa) just died. Makes me feel a little creepy. I can reassure myself knowing that grandma would probably be happy to see her former fabric stash in the hands of someone who really appreciates it. (Not like those good-for-nothin' kids of hers that gave it to the thrift store!)

Later in the week in another small town Ontario thrift store, I found me another score. This time, knitting related!

Patterns! I'm beginning to collect a pretty decent library of this vintage knitting stuff. I can't resist them! Especially the really old ones - this one's from 1949:

Even if I did knit this fabulous piece of headwear, I'd have to buy a whole new wardrobe to go with it. Oh yeah - and channel a Katherine Hepburn persona just to pull it off. Isn't great though isn't it? Or how about this one:

It makes me wish people still wore hats on a daily basis (You know, other than baseball caps). The stuff that may actually find it's way onto my needles is a little more contemporary:

Most likely from the 70's, but totally in vogue now, non? And if I'm feeling a little more adventurous:

Or even more adventurous:

Doesn't she look a bit like Twiggy?

More adventurous still:

I don't know if I could pull it off, but it sure ties into my latest Edie Beale / Grey Gardens obsession. I should knit one just for kicks. If anyone has any fashion tips on how to successfully sport a turban, I'm all ears. (I mean, how could you take it off? You either have to wear it all day, or suffer some serious hat head!)

And then there's those patterns that time forgot. You know, the ones that have failed to stand the test of time:

Mmmm-kay. Now, I understand that pretty much every part of the body can get chilly from time to time, but under what circumstances would you need to warm the knees, and knees alone? Soccer in the snow? Bagpipe busking on a breezy street corner? When was the last time you said; "Whoo! It's cold out here! I'm freezin' my knees off!"
(Notice the handwriting at the top indicating someone actually knit this pattern)

This one makes a little more sense;

At least the picture illustrates where you may find yourself in need of such an devise. Leg in a cast, can't wear socks, yup - you could use a toe-warmer.

And then there's this:

Hmm. An top open toque? You know the kid in this picture never wore it outside the photo studio. (Despite looking almost exactly like the kid that played D.J. on Roseanne, that show wasn't on tv yet, and I'm sure he would have beaten to a bloody pulp) Who is this for? People who want to wear wool hats but not be warm? Headband enthusiast who wish they could simultaneously sport pompoms on top of their heads?

Alright, enough laughing down memory lane. Besides, there's a whole book on the subject. Much knitting still left to report, but it will have to wait until another day. I'll leave you with this:



Diane said...

that is quite the treasure...I know it is a little creepy "inheriting" these vintage items...but look at it this way, you are carrying on with a wonderful tradition well into the next generation : )

Reckless Glue said...

you could just sport your turban the same way she does in grey gardens and wrap a sweatshirt or something around your head... a 'lil jaunty brooch and you're all set!
I am lovin' the blue hat with peak btw!

The Nutritionista said...

Ugh! We passed SOOO many yard sales on the way to and from the cottage. Getting Jackie to stop at them was beyond impossible. I just sat in the back constantly yelling out "yard sale!"..."another one!"..."why aren't you stopping?"...over and over, hoping for just one stop. Yet another reason to get my license.

Cupcake Porterhouse said...

Toe warmer! Yay!