Vintage Thursday: More Auction Goodies

When I went to the auction where I bought my antique quilt, I also bought this…

Linens had been selling and I had bid on a couple bundles but didn’t get any.  The linens had sold before the furniture I was waiting for.  I was trying to be conservative with my money making sure I had enough money to buy the furniture Hubby wanted.  As the linens sold, I was keeping my eye out for this piece.  All of the linens had sold then the auctioneer brought up this piece all by itself.  I bid immediately because I wanted it….I ended up getting it for $2.  No one else bid on it.  I was happy.

I need to get some type of string to hang it with and I need to find somewhere in the house to hang it.  I really like it as it a perpetual calendar.

Shortly after I bought the calendar, a lot of items came up.  An old army bag, a purse and these mittens.  I didn’t want the purse or the army bag..but the mittens I liked.  I just love hand made things and it make me sad to see them go for little to no money.  I ended up purchasing the lot, gloves included for $3.


Once I got to really check the gloves out, they have a little bit of an old smell to them.  Does anyone know how to properly launder them?   I love them but I would love them more laundered.

The purse went to Goodwill and army bag is going to be put to use transporting quilts for when I am out and about talking to guilds.  I think the $5 I spent was a good thing.

Today I am hooking up with the Colorado Lady’s Vintage Thursday.

9 thoughts on “Vintage Thursday: More Auction Goodies”

  1. I think those might be wool mittens so you should GO EASY with the laundering. If you know anything about felting, you know what I am talking about. Drastic abrupt changes in temperature as well as agitation will blur your pattern, shrink your wool knitted object, and make you very unhappy. You local yarn store may have a product called Euclan. I would take them there and ask the shop owner what she suggests. She will probably help you know if they are Scandinavian style or some other. Google Scandinavian mittens image and see what you think. I am only a recent follower so I don’t know how much you knit or know about knitting but “raw” wool smells like a sheep. Sometimes processed wool smells a little sheepish, too. Mittens often have that farmyard tang because knitters know the natural lanolin the sheep produces will help water proof the mittens. Did you know wool is the only fiber that continues to warm you even after it is wet? Well, I don’t know that for a fact but my spinner and knitter friends insist it is true.

  2. The mittens you have are most likely handknitted. The pattern is an old Norwegian one called “Selbu”. They are (almost) always knitted in 100% wool yarn, and should be handwashed in lukewarm water, so not to shrink. The pattern is still very popular in Norway today, and mittens, sweaters and many other things with that pattern are being knitted all the time.
    Good luck with your mittens, it sure costs a lot more to knit them new in Norway then what you paid!

  3. You and I are still on the same wave link. After vintage quilt, you cannot imagine how much vintage linens I have. Most have been handed down from various family members.

  4. The first poster is right about agitation. You don’t want that. So, fill a sink full of warm water with a mild soap. You can google for recommendations. I don’t remember what I used. Use warm, not hot or cold water. Just very gently swish them around in the water. Don’t make waves! :-) Then lift the mittens out and lightly squeeze. Fill the sink with warm water, no soap. Put mittens back in water and gently swish through. You may need to rinse a couple of times. When you get them out of the rinse gently squeeze, and then roll them in a towel. Then I put my things on the floor and step on the towel to get the water out. Don’t remember where I got that trick, but it works well. After taking out of the towel lay them on a towel on a flat surface and block them into shape. Should work great. You will probably get the sheep smell when they are wet. It will be gone when dry though. They are beautiful and worth way more than you paid for them, and they are in excellent shape too!
    Jo Anna

  5. Lots of good washing laundering advice! To get rid of the old smell on things that are harder to wash… like your calendar… You should put it in a cardboard box with lots of crumpled up newspaper and leave it for a week or so.

  6. Those are gorgeous!

    Can you tell by feel if they’re wool or acrylic? If not, you’ll be able to tell when you get them wet — wool absorbs a LOT of water. You can use baby shampoo if you’ve got it, or regular shampoo. That’s what I use for my hand knit socks. Whatever you do, don’t use Woolite, which is a great product buy isn’t meant for real wool! I can’t remember which chemical is in it, but it’s a no-no.

  7. Moeny well spent indeed! There is an Australian named Shannon Lush who is a cleaning guru. Her advice for woollens:

    How to make woollens feel wonderful

    The best way to avoid scratchiness in your woollens is to wash them with cheap shampoo and hair conditioner (the cheaper the better as it doesn’t contain so many fruit oils). It’s best to wash them by hand, rather than in the washing machine, because you have more control over the temperature of the water. Blood heat water (38ºC) is best for both rinse and wash.
    You can use your washing machine if it has a woollens setting but use cold water. To avoid shrinkage, make sure the wash water and rinse water are the same temperature. You only need a little shampoo – the size of a 20 cent coin is enough for a regular-sized jumper.
    To make a softening rinse, use half as much cheap hair conditioner. Add couple of drops of lavender oil to inhibit moths and silverfish.
    Woollens should be dried flat in the shade on a drying rack or on a clean towel placed on a table to avoid shrinkage (when woollens change temperature too quickly, they shrink). Never store woollens unless they’re completely dry or they will get a musty smell.

  8. You can soke them in Woolite and cold water. Then rinse and let them air dry. Make sure you don’t agitate them in the water as you’ll felt them. I’m a knitter and have made many pairs of wool mittens. This is the best way to wash them. They’re lovely.

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