Instantaneous Personal Magnetism

DSC03037WH and I went antiquing this weekend, just for fun. We’ve been poking around in antique stores and flea markets since our dating days. (Do we sound fun, or what?) This weekend I was looking for different old containers to organize my scrapbooking area in the basement. I like the look of tins and bins and old wire baskets better than the perfection of something official looking that comes from an organizing catalog or company. (For that area, anyway.) While we were looking around in one shop, Paul pointed out this book, which cracked us up! If it wasn’t $22, I would’ve bought it just to see what they think gives a person “instantaneous personal magentism”. And don’t you love the lightening bolts around the title? Old books can be hilarious. I wonder if people will find our books dated and weird, 50-100 years from now?

DSC03038In addition to walking through some St. Louis shops, we also headed down to St. Genevieve, MO, which is about an hour south of here. It’s a quaint little town, full of old houses and shops in old buildings. This town was severely flooded over 10 years ago, as it’s close to the river. It seems to have weathered that ok, even though this main street had water about DSC03039halfway up the houses. Many of the buildings/houses have a plaque with the original owner’s name and the date it was built. I think the earliest one we saw was 1791. I can’t imagine a house with dust that old in between the floorbeams. I found this little bench nook along the main street, which seemed like a perfect spot for a bit of knitting, but I didn’t try it out.

DSC03040There is a large antique mall about 10 miles beyond this town, which we had never checked out. In all of my years of going through places like this, there is one thing that I have never found. Strawberry glasses. In particular, this pattern. These are from my grandparents and they were the everyday “good” glasses. (As opposed to the everyday “use them for just the two of us for lunch” glasses, and the fancy “everyone is coming to dinner and we’re eating in the dining room with china” really good glasses.) The strawberry glasses were brought out to use at lunch when the kids and I visited them and shared lunch in the kitchen. I have two or three of them and never use them. I keep looking for them to see if I can add to my supply. There are a bucketload of glasses from this era, with red/green/white designs, but I have never found this exact one. I’ll keep looking.

Fun Sneak Up today – we added in a re-stock of Loopy Legends, more Fiesta Boomerang and Fiesta Ballet, and a NEW Fiesta Baby Boom (with a bit of nylon added to the mix for durability, as well as now coming in large skeins that will do 1 pair of socks, AND at a new, lower price!). We were also able to get big skeins of Hand Maiden Sea Silk again. We can only get these when their mill mistakenly sends them 150g skeins instead of the usual 100g skeins. I know how much you love these bigger skeins, so I always hop on it when they have it available. The big skeins come with 600m (656 yds), and the regular Sea Silk has 400m (436 yds). We have it in 21 colors, while supplies last (meaning until their mill messes up again and sends them more. It usually happens about once every 12-18 months, it seems.) Last but not least, we added in new patterns from Kirsten at Through the Loops – socks, hats and shawls. Fun new designs!

I loved reading your Knitting Survival Kit comments from Friday’s blog. Now I just need to make mine up and keep it handy. 

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  1. I love antiquing, Sheri. Your day out sounded perfect. Great pictures.

    And speaking of pictures, it did my heart good to see Susan looking so good and healthy in Friday’s pictures.

    Love to all of the elves and you. : )

  2. It’s probably a bad sign that I would have bought it. I used to buy books at flea markets all the time, and the more useless to me the better. It’s why for a while I owned a Portuguese-Portuguese dictionary. Not that I had any fluency mind, just loved looking at the words.

  3. When we went to our grandparents’ house, I always drank from these cute, opaque white glasses with a clown painted on each side. A few years ago, my grandma gave me a set that she’d found in an antique store. I love them so much.

    Btw, will you be getting more Knitting Girl decals? We finally replaced our car after the accident, and my new car looks kinda naked. 🙂

  4. OK, Sheri, I’m probably the only one reading this blog who doesn’t know the answer to this question, but. . . it’s been driving me nuts for months now, so it’s time to ask. How do I find out about the sneak-ups? Do I just have to be on the store web site when it happens? Is there a schedule? Is there a clue? Is there a certain button to push? Not like I need sock yarn, but . . .

  5. I don’t think that you need to collect books with weird titles to ensure your descendants will wonder about you…….. Your collection of ice whackers and other such oddities just may be enough…..

  6. Wish I had that book for our weird library! In addition to owning the largest book ever seen on the Antiques Roadshow (a giant dictionary) we have “Personal Hygiene and Grooming for Young Men” which we found and had a huge laugh out of so we bought it. Also, St. Gen is a wonderful place to shop for antiques – lots of little hidden treasures there.

  7. That sounds like a very fun weekend! Are you sure you haven’t read that magnetism book before? You seem to have a lot of that already!

  8. As someone who spent many a weekend at estate sales with her then boyfriend/now husband I think you sound like loads of fun! We don’t go anymore since we’ve run out of room! 🙂

  9. Just like Elizabeth D said (above), I would like to know about the sneak-ups. I have never seen Wollmeise mentioned until it is gone! Any advice? Since I have never used that particular yarn, I can’t comment on it (except that everyone else seems to love it), but I do know that Numma Numma is another one of those elusive yarns that I really do like. Can’t seem to get notified on that one either.

  10. I was raised with antiques, both inherited & purchased. When I was little, my Mom bought a chair for 50 cents, that was in pieces, literally. We called it her 50-cent piece of firewood. She took a refinishing class, and it turned into a gorgeous chair, after many long hours of sanding, using ultrafine steel wool, etc. As her class was ending, she was offered $500 for her chair by a classmate. Anyway, I used to go antiquing with my Mom, while she was still alive. Our favorite place was in a tiny town north of Houston. That place had all kinds of glasses, from everyday glasses, to fine, hand-cut lead crystal, china, furniture, and you name it.

    An idea for your glasses that I have seen used would be to mix glasses. That is, either use all different antique glasses (that blend together), or use an approximately equal number of glasses of a couple or three patterns, that complement each other. They do that often with china, where sets are broken, because of breakage, so they have to mix and match. Just an idea for you. 🙂

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