VforVintageLondon and the Flat Cat (the Perfect Pet)

I’ve been an avid buyer (hoarder) of vintage, inspired by the beauty of certain objects and the story they may tell us. This you may already perhaps know if you’ve been reading my blog for some time.

London, where I’m based, has a very bad value for money when it come to accommodations. But what has this got to do with the former statement? Well, being space at a premium, it was necessary to resize my vintage beloved collections.

So VforVintageLondon was born.

You can now find us on Etsy!

Meanwhile, the first order has been placed for this cute and rare cut out of the Perfect Pet. Let me introduce you to the FLAT CAT, a low-maintenance sweet companion:

FLAT CAT the Perfect Cat, a rare cut-out by Blue Q

FLAT CAT the Perfect Cat (Blue Q, 1988)

I’ve been super busy uploading some of my vintage troves to the shop.

Many others will soon be available: vintage costume jewellery, patterns, old tins, accessories, dresses, homewares, folk linens… and more will be regularly added, so perhaps follow me? (cheeky, I know!)

If you find anything you fancy, you can use one of these discount codes:

VFORVINTAGEWELCOME (£5 off on items from £10)

VFORVINTAGELONDONWSB (£2 off on items from £5)

Both voucher codes expire on the 11th December 2016.

Your questions, comments and feedback are welcome!

Vintage postcard, circa WWI

Vintage postcard, circa WWI, probably French

 

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grazing sheep

Look at what I came across a few days ago: an enclosure full of woolly creatures ♡

I took the pictures while precariously standing on a stone wall with a very uneven surface… For a while I even contemplated the option of getting inside the enclosure; in the end I discarded the idea because of the unpredictable reaction that the creatures may have had and the wall and my outfit would have not been suitable for a quick retreat.

I was even shooting some short videos, but my free WordPress site won’t let me post videos!

Can you guess where this was taken? It’s in England and is a former Roman town…

A history of London in pictures: the Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath, also locally known as The Heath, is an ancient natural park situated in North London, not very far from the Camden Town area. While Camden has a rather alternative flavour, the area of Hampstead Village is on the posh side. On one side of the heath, there is Hampstead Village, which has a long history and beautiful old houses. On the other side, there is Highgate Village, with its beautiful historic cemeteries (Karl Marx lies there).

The Heath has a gracious mix of various landscapes and landmarks: it includes beautiful woods, grassy hilly areas with breathtaking views on London, ponds, swimming ponds, bird areas, Kenwood House, a lido and some playgrounds.

Here it follows a gallery of views and places in the Heath and its surroundings (the photos are taken with my iPhone, so the quality is not the highest really!)

The area is really extensive and there is another set of photos taken in the surroundings of the Heath, including the Pergola, Whitestone, the Observatory and Hampstead Village… but that will have to be another post!

Thistle, the beginning

Recently, Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits came out with a new pattern book: Handmade in the UK, which contains many cute lace items knitted in artisan local yarns. Emily, who was born in Canada but lives in Edinburgh, was inspired in her work by the landscape and nature surrounding her new home. Being myself a lover of local produce, ordering the book was an opportunity to support one of the skilled designers working in the UK and thus I ordered both the ebook and the print version.

After long pondering, I am going to attempt a lace scarf (if it comes nicely, I’d also like to try in the larger version as a stole): Thistlewhich is the flower of Scotland and one of my favourite.

Because I have a huge stash, I prefer to use one of the yarns I already have rather than the one suggested in the pattern. Thus I’m knitting with a pure Shetland 2-ply in double strand on needles size 3mm. I also changed to a shade that I prefer – a fairly vibrant purple, which you may remember from my previous post on Shetland yarns. Changing the weight of the yarn and the size of the needles, I slightly modified the pattern by adding a few more repeats for each row.

So far, I only started the border and am now about to begin with the lace pattern. I’m curios to see how it will come out in the yarn of choice. In any case, it will probably take me ages (if) before it’s completed!

A first shot of the beginning….. wish me luck 🙂

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