Sunday, 8 February 2015

Book Sales

Several times per year the Children's Hospital holds a fundraising booksale and we usually drop by to see what's for offer. I found some very useful sewing books this time round. 
I have heard great things about David Coffin's Shirtmaking

Singer has some helpful book and these two were missing from my collection. 
My office crew likes to dress up at Hallowe'en.
A Threads magazine from May 1996. 
The  ribbing article caught my eye.

I liked the colours on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2007 knitsimple magazine (as Barbara said, I crave colour like an old sailor with scurvy. Barbara has great tips and she understands winter. ) and some of the patterns in the June 1996 Burda magazine look interesting. 
Sunshine yellow.

Ah, summer.
bathing suits!

I also picked up some other reference material 
For the word geek in me.

And for anyone who knows Newfies... You are unlikely to find a more friendly, welcoming, generous group of people, but sometimes you have to wonder if they are really speaking English.

I wasn't sure if I already had this last book, but I do. If anyone would like it, please let me know. If, by some amazing miracle more than one person asks, I will do some sort of draw.

Time to get busy.


  1. Looks like a great haul. The Burdas appear to have a lot of great basic patterns in them (as well as undies/swimsuits patterns which are hard to find decent ones of). I haven't seen any secondhand sewing resources for a long time but there is loads of knitting stuff (I don't knit). Knitting is more popular here.

    1. I was surprised how much sewing stuff was on offer this year. Knitting and quilting books and magazines usually dominate.

  2. Wow - so pleased to find your blog. I don't know why I didn't realize you had a link before. And Winnipeg, too! I don't know how to say this without sounding silly, but all of the people I have known from Winnipeg have been fun people - with a good sense of humour and perspective.

    The "crave colour like an old sailor with scurvy" had me laughing. Many Italians, such as my boyfriend, have what I would call "old world tailored" style. He wears very subtle palettes in general and buys classic garments that will last a generation. We have conversations all the time about how I love colour and crazy pattern. I haven't been showing that lately, but often I wear red pants or floral shirts, or want to buy orange and yellow dresses. He tries to discourage me, but then he says, "I understand. You live in a cold country. It's like the Swedish painting their houses in different colours, etc."

  3. I hadn't thought of the cold country=bright colours connection before, but there must be truth in it. Norway also has brightly coloured houses and the Icelanders seem to delight in wearing the brightest colours possible. My mother doesn't understand my love of bright colours; she feels she would be too obvious wearing them, but my Scandinavian roots come from my father's side of the family, so that is understandable.