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1  Re: Vintage Towel Crafts in Vintage Craft Projects by abroad-abroad on: July 26, 2006 06:43:59 AM
I made the bikini/bra top (and I also linked to this post!).

I used some orange washcloths lying around the house and red scrap gross grain ribbon for the straps. You can read about my adventures with this pattern on my friend's vintage craft and collectors' blog: http://swapatorium.blogspot.com/2006/07/tacky-terry.html
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2  FOUND! Vintage interchangeables, or why I love my husband... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by abroad-abroad on: November 20, 2005 09:50:42 PM
Sorry about the long post, but it's more fun if I tell the whole story...

My very first date with my husband was a trip to an antique store. We love to shop at thrift stores, garage sales, etc, etc. The things he likes to collect include vintage Polynesia (a.k.a. tiki stuff), old records and electronics. I love vintage clothes and old discarded snapshots and photo albums.

We live in Houston, but I grew up in Oklahoma. Everytime we go back to see my family, we take a few extra days to go antiquing because while Houston's antique shops are overpriced and very picked over, Oklahoma's are full of great, extremely cheap finds. It seems like people in Oklahoma just save and save and save and never buy new things, so when someone dies and their family unloads all their possessions, people like us reap the benefits.

Anyway, I've really been into collecting those square-format snapshots from the 1960s lately, so anytime we go shopping my husband always keeps that in the back of his mind while we're looking. About a year ago we were at a place in OKC called Memory Market (NW 10th and May for you Okie gals they have THOUSANDS!!! of records) he found this object:

Thinking it was an old photo album, he opened it, then called me over from across the store.

It's a complete set of interchangable needles from Sears, circa late 60s or early 70s, judging from the outside of the case.

At the time, this was AWESOME, because I had just started really getting into knitting. The set was $2.50, which is a steal, considering that's how much a cheap set of single needles would cost. What surprises me most is that all the pieces, even the tiny wire keys that you use to tighten the screws (that's how the needles attach to the cables: they screw together) are all still there, as well as the buttons that serve as needle ends. It also includes joint pieces so you can connect two cables together to make one longer cable.

I've seen Denise Interchangeables and I think these are even better. The cables are made of wire covered in heavy duty plastic and this kit is in mint condition, even considering it's age. Now I use these to knit EVERYTHING flat items, knitting in the round, even using the magic loop for smaller rounds. Now, unless I need a really odd size, I have all the needles I'll ever need. (I don't do DPNs). Best of all, they arleady have a nice neat carrying case.

As an aside, any of you gals thinking about buying interchangables, I highly recommend it. I love these so, so much. It makes switiching needles sizes so easy, and if a pattern calls for you to put stiches on a holder, just unscrew the needle tips and there's your holder already there.

Just goes to show you that sometimes garage sales and thrift store are the best places to get knitting inspiration.
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3  Re: One Skein Wonder KAL Anyone? in Knitalongs by abroad-abroad on: June 02, 2005 01:06:11 AM
I started this today. Since I don't have to work anymore (read: housewife!) I wonder how long its going to take me. I've never had to pick up stitches before, either, so I'll be learning something new as I go along.

Because pickins are slim here in Korea, and my air shipment STILL isn't here, I ended up using some shiny hot pink cotton mystery yarn I've had for like four years. It's hard to work with because it doesn't stretch and the yarn splits like crazy, but so far, so good. I know it's not the recommended weight of yarn either, but I hit gauge on the first try, so I hope it works out. Pics coming soon...
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