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Friday, August 14, 2015

Remember these? Let's TUMBLE....


They were manufactured by WEST BEND, they are aluminum tumblers. The fondest memory 
I have-  my Nanny pouring ice cold milk and placing one of these crochet
sleeves she called them ... on them so I could hold my tumbler in comfort ...
Aluminum keeps things cold for a long time ...

I found them tucked way back in my cupboard and found a bag in my linen closet
with dozens of these sleeves she had crochet over the years.

These have to be at least 40-50 years old .... and still I could smell a faint
scent of Chantilly perfume she wore ... mmmmmmm! 

After a week of crochet, I actually understand the pattern, she used #10 cotton
and the colours are as vivid as if she just crochet them before me...

There is single crochet and double crochet and chains to make 
the centre....ON my list is to locate some patterns or just use hers 
as a guide ....  like she is still here sharing some time with just me ...

Note- someday our family will be thinking the same and bringing
forward such delicious memories.......
It is funny how many memories these all bring to me ....
Wish I had shown some interest in crochet in those days ..
but I was more interested in her teaching me how to sew clothes
and embroider .... lol



I also found this broomstick baby blanket she had made for one of our twins ...
I had never washed it as it was used to bring them home from the hospital.
Still so soft and looks brand new...well it is, it has been stored in a cedar chest
for decades ...

My goal was to make washcloths all week, and I have made 7 now... ONE for each day and YES I have been using them, they are the best for massagint the scent of your soap and make the best scrubbers for your body .... I also have kept two just for my face ... I adore each one of them .... this one I just trimmed with a gorgeous aqua ....




I am so thrilled with my week of single crochet, that I was able to make this wee cup in # 10 cotton
2 mm hook, sits in the palm of my hand, I did not have a pattern, I just started with a magic circle and started double crochet....I feel so comfortable now with hook and thread, I am ready to tackle
some bigger projects .... I think lol

This week, I have a lot to plan for as David has the week off and we are going
to do some DAY trips, our fav holiday are these ...WE have archery class planned,
a wine tour, an anatomy exhibit, ( don't ask) ....lol. and our MINI INVASION..

It just started to rain, so I must get this possibly last
slew of hankies that found their way via Europe ... one of my boarding
school friends, sent me some of her collection with a promise
to return it with a hankie keeper....
That I can do .... she sent along some very tiny ones that were
used for wee tots .... absolutely adorable....

Must run, a lovely rainfall is falling upon our garden...





YOU make my heart smile ...
To a lovely weekend .....




45 comments:

  1. What a treasure! My Nanny had the exact same tumblers, and they kept our drink soooo cold. I wish I still had them. The crocheted sleeves are gorgeous! What a lovely collection of hankies and your little teacup is precious!

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    1. I think they were the norm, like hankies and chintz tea cups and clotheslines..lol Sometimes those days just seem to bring the most pleasant of memories...We enjoyed the moments...
      and those sleeves..makes for a great pic....x

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  2. I remember those metal cups! My grandmother had different colors for each of us granddaughters. I can still remember that clinking on my teeth. LOL Cute crocheted holders for them!

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    1. Oh my gosh I almost forgot that too...I wonder if we will see them return ? you know the holders/covers/sleeves/ ? lol

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  3. I remember using those tumblers and had some for my kids when they were little, but I never had those beautiful covers for them. You will have those mastered in no time at all.

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    1. You do???/ you too! I think I can figure it out...well at least I will give it my best effort...x

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  4. So sweet!!! Such a lovely post! Great memories...

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    1. ahhhh nice to share with you Daria x

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  5. Волшебные воспоминания! Так приятно вспоминать своё детство и все, что приносило удовольствие в то время: люди, вещи, запахи!

    Идея с связанными подсканнниками, думаю, актуальна и сейчас. Свяжу для своих детей , надеюсь, и у них во взрослом возрасте будут такие же приятные моменты памяти о детстве!

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    1. Ahhh so sweet Sofia..and I so agree....so many wonderful things to be thankful for..mostly memories of better days, hopefully we can bring some of them back ..wink.x

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  6. I remember the tumblers and how cold they felt to the skin, didn't have the crocheted bit to help with that...how fortunate to have these pieces and memories they bring..
    Mama Bear

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  7. Hello Mama Bear....and yes I thought a few of us would remember these...I just love it when we can stir up a sweet memory and share that..

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  8. We had some o f those glasses too Samm and some crocheted covers though as I remember mother used leftover bits of yarn that were thicker than those you've shown. Not too many years before she died she crocheted a few for me for some glasses I had - they're packed away now. :) Have a great week with David next week! blessings, marlene

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    1. look at what some aluminum tumblers brought lol.. you may have to get them out lol

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  9. I have 4 of those tumblers! Passed down and grabbed by me before they went to a thrift store. I was always told that they came from the milkman with something like cottage cheese in them! No sleeves for us, at least none that I ever saw. I have seen some re-makes of these at JoAnn's! Brighter colors of course.

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    1. I never heard that CJ...I know my Nanny had them for as long as I can remember...she always had one by the sink..a blue one...that same one I have in my bathroom where my toothbrushes are...

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  10. Such beauty. Your washcloths look beautiful, and I love that you still have your Nanny's tumblers stored away with such sweet memories of her. That baby afghan is breathtaking. I love its light and airy look. My daughter would have loved that to death. There s nothing she enjoyed more than a crochet afghan. You did a teacup? Oh my, you are really mastering this crochet in record time. It is adorable. Have fun with that cute David of yours. Sounds like this is going to be a week to remember! xx

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    1. well I can say with all conviction, I have mastered single crochet...front , back, through, and with different hook sizes lol. and yes I did a teacup lol...can you a believe it and it looks like one too lol

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  11. Would you share the pattern sometime? I remember those tumblers. I think my mom may still have some. I would love to make those covers.

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    1. As soon as I figure it out...I will yes ....lol you do know I have only been crochet “ing” for 13 days lol...

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  12. Oh! I remember those!
    My Aunt had a set.
    We always drank her homemade lemonade form them.
    Thanks for the great memories.
    Marilyn

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    1. I knew many of you would remember...I can’ t even imagine what ONE thing we all would recognize in the future...like tumblers....

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  13. I sure do remember the tumblers. The folks got them for us and each of us kids had our own particular color - and heaven forbid - a sibling tried drinking from "our cup"!! No special nanny to crochet the covers but they are sweet.

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    1. As I did not have any siblings to fight over which cup...I do remember always having my own...a RED one...and nobody ever drank from that one but me lol. My Nan was blue and My Pere Pere had the gold one.. lol

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  14. Samm, I am so glad to see that you go on with chroche and show us your creationst! You are making everything perfect :)

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    1. Ahhh Maria..hard not to be excited by a bit of thread and a hook...and I have to say, doing the same thing for one week, was not that hard...I think I am ready to move onto a new stitch lol

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  15. Happy hankies blowing in the breeze! Lovely. The cup holders your Nanny made look so pretty.

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    1. Hi karen....well this will be the end of airing...I have enough..told my gf stop sending lol...
      and the cup holders are authentic aren't they?

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  16. Hindsight alas...I have many "If Only's" I should have paid attention to and learned from my wonderful Grandma and her talented friends. Your collection of tumblers and your Nanny's crocheted cup huggers are fabulous. Memories are Magical...

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    1. I think we all think that at times...the good news it is never too late to revisit OLD things and learn NEW things...lol

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  17. The baby blanket is beautiful. Once you understand crochet you will find you can look a piece and work it yourself. I think that's most of the fun. Those tumblers sleeves are sweet. Just use hers as a guide and do it yourself. Most of the patterns I see out there are remakes of the old anyway. Not everything but most.

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    1. I cannot wait to get there Theresa, I have to say though, I am much more comfortable with using smaller hooks and I am not digging or guessing where to put my new tool. I know I will get there...at least now I can read a pattern, not feeling 100% comfortable but at least I know what it means now....lol

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  18. Yes, seeing your aluminum tumblers made me smile--mom and dad had a set when I was growing up :) Love the sleeves that you made for them--what a great idea!

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    1. They make me smile too...especially when I think of the simplicity of those days and that I always my Nan's cupboards looked bare...she never had a lot of dishes, but what she had, we used them all up until they all broke....lol and the sleeves were made by her..not me....these are 40-50 yrs old

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  19. I haven't come across the pattern for the tumbler jacket yet but I did want to share this clever set with you. If you have a family gathering or party people can be assigned a number so they know which glass is belongs to them. You do have to embroider the numbers on after crocheting the jacket. This site has wonderful vintage patterns for FREE http://freevintagecrochet.com/glass-jacket-patterns/coats255/glass-jackets-pattern

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    1. ohhh these are lovely...thanks for that...I like the number assigned...lol

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  20. My grandmother had those cups and covers. I also have a pile of her doilies that as you said, are as bright as they were the day she made them. I am just learning to crochet, I love your little tea cup!

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    1. ahhhhh another newbie..have to admit crochet has many surprising areas to explore...much more than knitting provided me...maybe you will embrace the same

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  21. Very lovely crochet. I've never tried crocheting with the thread before. It seems too dainty for my patience. LOL!

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    1. I know what was I thinking....I just kept going smaller in hooks and found it quite easy actually lol now would not make a bedspread...lol

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  22. Yep, had the tumblers too. Wish I knew what happened to them. I do have a set of sleeves for them from my MIL. They were store bought and are in the same eight colors the tumblers came in. Great job on the tiny tea cup.

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    1. HI Mary Ann....there are many on ebay....I have seen them just recently... it must of been a thing many made because the tumblers sweat so much

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  23. Oh my Goodness I so remember those cups and sleeves!! You are moving right along with all your stitches, I love the little Tea cup you made!! Nick had knee surgery on Friday so I have been crocheting scarves. Just love creating with yarn!! Have a Fabulous week, your Day trips sound like so much fun!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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    1. ahhh best for Nick....it is nice to keep busy when we are nursing our loved ones..

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  24. I remember those aluminum tumblers. No crocheted sleeves at our house. We love the day trips too...DH loves the wine tours...he misses his wine...he hasn't had any since his brain bleed because of the medication he is taking. The hankies look lovely on the line...enjoy your week...fun times!!!

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