Saturday 9 January 2010

Things old and new

One of my New Year's resolutions was to organise my ever growing craft stash.
My cupboards are literally overflowing with fabrics, ribbon, buttons and beads, both old and new. There are baskets full of leftover yarns, vintage knitting patterns I can't bring myself to part with and too many books to mention.
I really am becoming a terrible hoarder and it has to stop!
I must say though that it has certainly been interesting searching my way through everything and it created a few quiet moments of contemplation along the way.
I found things that I had forgotten I ever owned. I came across some lovely old Pingouin booklets with patterns I am still promising myself I will knit one day. I don't think these are available any more as I only seem to be able to find vintage patterns on searches. If you do have any information it would really be appreciated as their designs were beautiful, especially the children's knitwear.
I also came across patterns that I knitted long ago that have brought back some wonderful memories with them of people, places and the things that were going on in my life at the time. It certainly makes me realise how my knitting has played such a part, both in times good and sometimes not so good. Needles and yarn always steadfastly by my side!
There are sewing projects I have definitely got to find the time to complete and some I can't wait to begin. I am definitely planning to do lots more sewing in the summer. Searching through my fabrics has filled me with fresh inspiration.
Now I just need more than a few extra hours in the day and all will be well.
In the mean time I am off to do some knittting. There is a new life waiting to be created!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!


  1. Beautiful fabrics. I am a bit of a hoarder myself. Funny you should mention pingouin. about 20+ years ago when my daughter was very small, I purchased bags of pingouin "escapade" yarn from a shop going out of business. Much of it is still in the cedar closet, waiting for me to knit it up.

  2. I remember knitting a little trouser and sweater for my son while I was expecting him in pale jade and blue that was a pingouin pattern and yarn. It seemed so different to any other designs around at the time. The book had lots of brilliant patterns and I kind of wish I still had it. Such memories.
    BTW how do you get your photos to look so good? Do you have professional photographic experience?

  3. I am so pleased that you like my photographs Joy.I don't have any professional photographic experience.It's just me and my small (very reliable) Cybershot camera which I have had for many years now but I do really enjoy it!

    Susan x

  4. Hi Susan, thanks for letting me look around your beautiful site. I come here whenever I need a little inspiration! I absolutely adore the yarns that you use and the colours are so attractive and subtle. I was wondering whether you did any tutorials for your corsage brooches - they`re so pretty?

    Thank You.

  5. Thank you so much for the lovely comment!
    I am currently working on a new pattern but I would certainly enjoy revisiting my corsages at some point.
    I will keep your suggestion in mind when I am planning ahead!
    Susan x