12 April 2007

The Crocheted Coat ... and an URGENT request

After the lovely comments left by several of you regarding the coat I crocheted I thought I'd tell you a quick story, and show you some close-up photos ...




The pattern was free with Woman and Home or some such magazine in the late 70s or early 80s - I can't quite remember the year although on reflection I'm fairly sure it was pre-1980. What I DO remember is that having done all the coat and several of the plain/treble inserts, I had 2 triangular shaped pieces left to do, which I sat and crocheted during the amazing Borg/MacEnroe Wimbledon Final which went on ... and on ... and on ... and had us all on the edge of our seats. I suspect that many of you were probably not even born then, or may have been too young to appreciate the intensity of the match. Well ... I finished the two pieces, sewed up the coat and found that these two were more than two inches shorter than the others. The game had been sooo intense that my tension had got tighter and tighter. I had to undo and redo them both!

I made the coat as a size 12 and whilst it fitted me at the time I didn't go anywhere to be able to wear it. Since then I haven't been a suitable size. Maybe when I've finished losing weight I might get in it again, but I'll never seriously wear it. I offered it for sale a couple of years ago, but there were no takers. I would like to sell it now, but I don't know whether I would get it's true value. If anyone is seriously interested, then please email me. I'll be sad to see it go, but what on earth is the point of keeping something I'll never wear, H won't want, and is taking up valuable storage space? (Did you notice the tapestry on the wall in the photo (previous post)? I obviously had a lot of free time in the 70s, becauseI made that, too!)

The URGENT Request

I've just been asked to source 3 Stockman Mannequins - as soon as possible. I appreciate that you may not have any lurking, but if you have one (or three) and wish to sell, please email me. Thank you.

For those of you within striking distance of Shepton Mallet, THE STITCH & CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW is on at the Royal Bath & West Showground from 19-22 April 2007. I hope to go (fairly flexible as to which day), and if anyone is planning on going it would be super to meet for a coffee and a chat.

7 comments:

lilcottageshoppe said...

I soooo wish it would fit me, it is absolutely beautiful!

Amy said...

Sorry I don't have any mannequins at all. However I have been trying to teach myself to crochet and the photos you've shared are lovely!

Ragged Roses said...

That coat is wonderful. Yes, I remember that Wimbledon final, it was so exciting! Can't help with the mannequins I'm afraid. Love the photos from the previous post too. You have been busy.
Kim x

Ex-Shammickite said...

What a lovely coat. I think items that are handmade with skill and love are so important in this age of everyting being made by 12 year olds in China and Tahiland. I have never learned to crochet, but I'm pretty good at knitting socks.... most of my family can boast at least one hand knitted pair, and they wear them too!

Clare said...

Hi Sue, hope your search for the mannequins is fruitful!

The coat is an amazing piece of work! I vaguely remember the match - I remember my sister and I lying on her bed and watching it on the portable, can't remember the year but I think I may have been in my teens!!

Clare x

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I wish I had the mannequins, so I could justify a trip across the pond this weekend! =)

Annelisa said...

Absolutely love the coat!