So with autumn here and winter on its way, it's only natural that a fibrecraft enthusiast's thoughts turn once more to wool and warmth. So out with the wool bag and on to some long-awaited granny squares:
The end product? I've no idea yet – the pleasure is still in the making.
For inspiration though, some delicious crocheting:
I've stumbled across a spate of old and new versions of stitch-related things around the house in recent days. Being a bit sentimental, I do tend to stash things away, even though I can't honestly say I'll ever actually use them – I just like to look at them periodically, I'm sure there are many of you out there who can relate. Anyway, here's a bit of a retrospective:
A project from Crewel Embroidery, edited by F Anderson (1974)
A project from Woolly Embroidery, part of the Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Series of books (2006)
A feature from a Homestead magazine clipping, which I found tucked into the pages of second-hand find Embroidery and Needlework. Homestead was a supplement that came with South African magazine Farmer's Weekly (1962)
A tablecloth crochet pattern from Pineapple Crochet Designs, Coats Sewing Group Book No. 456 (1971)
Crochet patterns from Lesley Stanfield's 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet (2009)
A vintage Woman's Realm sewing pattern
A modern day Butterick sewing pattern
A card of vintage Newey Goodman Trims cover buttons
A card of plastic Prym cover buttons, plus some loose metal cover buttons
And then a vintage tape measure I picked up at Snoopers Paradise in Brighton in the UK alongside a mass-produced equivalent that I was given recently at my go-to haberdashery at the Oriental Plaza in Johannesburg, just for being in the shop.