Sunday, 14 October 2012

The Inspector


Hi there

I found this thimble at a local car boot sale for 50p. It's Inspector Clouseau from The Pink Panther cartoon series. I love the way that thimbles can turn back the years and remind me of things that I didn't even know I had forgotten. One minute I'm walking around a car boot sale on a wet and windy present-day Saturday, the next I'm transported back to the care-free sunny Saturdays of youth, sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes glued to our first ever colour TV. Well, not literally obviously, it's a thimble not a time machine.

Anyway, the slight down-side is that thimbles can highlight the passing of time.  When Eldest and Youngest saw this little guy, they hadn't got a clue who he was.  Watching him on Youtube didn't help much.  They thought it was too slow and didn't really get the humour. They thought it was weird.

These days they are into sparkly vampires and Manga. Ah kids. They have this uncanny knack of making you feel... old!

Bye for now

Olly  

Friday, 20 April 2012

Aluminium Thimbles

Hi there

Aluminium (aluminum) is a light metal which is workable from cold and although it can corrode, it doesn't go rusty. 


The metal has the same drawback as silver though - it is incredibly soft and damages easily.

I came across this thimble in a local second hand shop. It was part of a block purchase that I picked up for 50p.


This thimble is made from an aluminium mix.  Its 90% aluminium, 4% copper about 1% magnesium and a little bit of manganese. This makes a very hard, durable aluminium alloy called Duralumin.  Duralumin was discovered in 1910 by a German man called Alfred Wilm.  It was first used for aeroplane parts in the first world war, but it didn't take long for other industries to catch on to the benefits of using the stronger alloy. 

Stratnoid is a brand name for Laughton & Sons of Birmingham who not only produced millions of these stronger aluminium thimbles between the 1920s - 1940s, but also made compacts, knitting needles, crochet hooks, pin cushions... It never ceases to amaze me how an invention designed for one industry can be so practical and brilliant in another. 

Bye for now

Olly 

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Presents from Portugal

Hi there

I received these delightful thimbles in the mail yesterday morning from Ema in Portugal.





   
 







Thank you so much, Ema - I think they are lovely! Obrigada tanto, eu acho que eles são lindo :)

Bye for now

Olly

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Delightful gifts from Spain

Hi all

I was delighted to open the post this morning to find these lovely thimbles. They are an exchange from Silvia in Spain. 





Muchas gracias Silvia, me encantan.  I love them Silvia, thank you so much.  Thank you for the fridge magnet to.  A very nice surprise!  Gracias por el imán de la nevera.
Una muy grata sorpresa.
 
 
Silvia, yo tambien enviar algunos a usted. Debe conseguirlas pronto. I am sending you some which should be with you soon.
 
Bye for now
 
Olly
 
 
  

Thursday, 5 January 2012

A Nice Surprise

Hi there

I had a really nice surprise in the post the other day.  Claudia from Argentina sent me some lovely thimbles.







Gracias Claudia - creo que son adorables.  (I'm hoping that says Thanks Claudia, they are adorable). 
Me encantan los bailarines! (I love the dancers!)

Bye for now

Olly