The knuckles say it all...
I've finally completed my armwarmers and am so pleased with how they've turned out. The Colinette 'Jitterbug' yarn knits up like a dream and its fun to see the colour changes emerge; luckily there's been no heavy 'pooling' of one particular colour - I hate it when that happens.
|For those manicure aficinados amongst you, the nail polish is Rimmel 60 seconds in 'Sky High'|
I think that ye gods of booting were smiling down on me today when I found knitting pattern nirvana, here's what happend:
I went to two boot sales: the first was hopeless and after scanning the stalls I decided to drive the twenty odd miles or so down to the one held at Castle Coombe. There were a lot less stalls than usual and nothing much caught my eye until I chanced upon these vintage knitting patterns hiding away under one of the stalls in a suitcase. I had to trawl through a lot of '80s patterns for oversize mohair jumpers that didn't fire my knitting mojo - until I struck gold with this selection that span four decades.
These '40s patterns are lovely, especially the leaf motif one and the bolero...
I also found a couple of Stitchcraft magazines from 1942 and 1944 with a heavy emphasis on 'Make Do and Mend'; the Fair Isle patterns were ideal for using up all those wool oddments from pre-war knitting...
I was so lucky to chance across the above as patterns from this period are getting harder to find. A few years ago they used to pop up quite regularly in local charity shops or secondhand bookshops, but now I'm lucky if I find any patterns that pre-date the '60s. I sometimes hear stories about relatives throwing away their deceased grandmother's or mother-in-law's knitting pattern collection, which is rather sad. I'd be a willing curator of such patterns given the chance!
Not only did I find the '40s patterns, but also a couple of knittable '50s patterns, a 1956 Vogue Knitting Book and a copy of Home Chat from 1952. I'm looking forward to reading these especially the 'Vivid New Serial'!
|Look at that boy's psycho eyes, freaky huh?|
And so that I had something to show for the '60s and '70s I also brought these; note the on-trend tribal design on the 'Starsky' jacket - a potential Christmas knit for Husband?
And finally, let's end by having a look at one of my favourite vintage magazine sections: the adverts. This page is taken from the copy of Stitchcraft from 1942:
I love the euphenism of an 'all over dusting'!