Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A-Z challenge V

V is for Vintage

 I am lucky enough that I have some pieces my mother and grandmother made that I treasure. Vintage is very much in style at the moment, but I think all these pieces are timeless and should be worn and loved and used. And when I use them I think about all the work and love that has been poured into the garments. Vintage is a treasure, sometimes only for sentimental value but sometimes can be important to take care of it for the next generation.

We couldn't find a photo of my grandmother knitting, but here she is busy sewing. I adored my grandmother and I do feel a bit sad that she died before we could share knitting or sewing together, but at least I can crochet with my mother and aunt which we try to do at their cabin.

Here is my mother crocheting in her 
nurses uniform when she did nightshifts 
I think before I was born. But I know she 
and my aunt did a lot of sewing too so
I come from a crafty family and those
that did not work with yarn worked
with wood or metal and things like 
So there is no wonder I love all hand-crafting. 

Here is a "kofte" jacket which is all the style at the moment in Norway, everyone is knitting one, but they are very warm and classic and I can remember my grandmother wearing this so it has been quite durable. My mother is pretty sure my grandmother knited this, but we do know she knitted the red sweater below that my mother wore when she was twelve-ish so that sweater has lived for quite some time.

And then there is the scarf in a mermaid pattern according to my mother which my grandmother knitted to my mother, I love the pattern, it is the same pattern my doll got her dress in that my grandmother knitted for me when I was a kid, that doll is in the attic so we didn't have time to find her and show off, but I thought that dress was the most beautiful dress ever when I was a child and I still cherish it. I hope to be able to knit something like that one day.  

I think clothes that are more than 25 years old and up to almost 50 years old surely must count as vintage?
When is something vintage and do you own any vintage heirlooms?


Tami Von Zalez said...

I really don't have anything vintage that has been passed down from my family. I did pick up a lace tablecloth that was quite moth eaten. I repaired all of the holes and am glad I did. At the time, I thought, why am I doing this? Sooo labor intensive.

Vilje Vanilje said...

Wow, that sounds precious, and I know the feeling of why am I doing this while doing something labour intensive, but it does pay put in the end. And now the tablecloth might live another fifty years at least, I like that. :)
The vintage things we have are not that old though, just from my grandmother but since my grandmother was special to me, the things we have seem more special still.