Wednesday, 25 May 2011


I discovered this old knitting pattern in a charity shop today and finally realised what Babcia had been doing whilst I was at Grandma's house....

Her modelling days (in the middle)...

...and her real life as a meek and mild wife and daughter-in-law. She hated being skinny back then because it wasn't the norm at all. People used to say she was so thin that she could dodge the raindrops on a stormy day. She had a 22" waist and a concave chest when she brought me home from hospital, whereas I was probably 22" around the top of my arm when I brought Mr Charming home from the maternity suite. She gradually put on a little more weight but when Twiggy came along a few years later and was feted for her boyish figure it was a bitter pill for Babcia to swallow. I don't believe she has ever got over it... 


  1. She was stunning she has a look of a dark Kim Catrall.
    Kandi x

  2. Wow, what a beautiful lady.

    P.S. The only time I've ever has a 22" waist was when I was a child!

  3. Love those "beehive" hairdos - always wanted to have my hair like that, but by the time I was old enough, that style had well and truly gone and the "urchin" cut was in! Oh well ...

  4. Kandi is right, she does have a look of Kim Catrall about her.

  5. Love the pattern - and the story X

  6. Hello:
    The high hair and the pencil-like form, such a pity that Twiggy got there first as Babcia certainly has the look and the figure of a model.

    The old knitting pattern images are such fun, especially when accompanied by rather naughty phrases as we have seen in some greeting cards.

    We have no idea how we have found you, but we have so enjoyed reading your most eclectic posts and shall return for more.

  7. Hiya
    I’m just sending out a quick message to let people know their Faith Hope and Charity Swapping partners. Days of spreedsheet fiddling I tell you, if this works it’s going on my CV! I won’t have access to a PC from Tues 31st until June 6th – so any questions will have to wait til I get back I’m afraid. I’m going to put up a quick post on the rules before I go, but for now you can check out your partner’s blog and start figuring out what they might like.
    Your swap partner is Lucy at Being of Sound Mind

    Thanks for playing along!


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