I am sure many of you who are seasoned knitters and producers of lovely hand made projects, lose track over time of just what you have made 10 or 20 years ago. I made a wonderful discovery recently of a crocheted, embroidered baby top that I made in 1978 for my son Joseph. Now we had given away many bags of baby clothes long ago and when this was discovered it truly was a gift from the past. I had no idea it was there. Let me give you a little background...
We have an extensive area under our house and lots of stuff just ends up there when it's too good to throw out, but no longer in use. This little cavern hides many a gem, including our ever expanding wine cellar. Also we have the accumulation of school things and other paraphernalia belonging to our four children, just waiting for them to one day collect.
Now one afternoon while sorting out our wine cellar and adding new bottles from a recent vineyard tour around South Australia, I happened to open up a long closed, adjoining cupboard which was dusty and full of toys. Out pops this doll dressed in a little gem I worked in 1978. Lime green with a contrasting yellow trim. So seventies, yet still so beautifully fresh and showing little wear. This was worked in a quality yarn, a Sirdar double knit 6 ply, a pure wool in the sought after colour of the day. I had embroidered it with my sons's initials, JP for Joseph Peter. What an absolutely magical find! I rummaged through all my books from that era because I was an avid fan of the the French knitting series, Mon Tricot, that was the rage in Australia back then. Yes I have located the pattern. It was in MJLA No 11. The pattern was on page 12 and titled " Crochet for Beginners"
This edition had a particular emphasis on layettes for babies.
This will be perfect for our new grandson Theodore Francis.
I include a photo of my original work.
Grandmother and knitter from the land down under of fine merino wool.