A few ramblings about knitting, mainly vintage stuff and other bits and bobs

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Wonderful Things

A few days ago I was looking through some of my vintage knitting books (I have a few) and a slim packet slipped out from between the dust jacket and the book. I've had the book for well over 10 years and have never seen them so it was a bit of a surprise. A wonderful surprise as they were a small collection of hand written knitting patterns. They are in different hands, at least  three but since hand writing used to be far more formalised and strictly taught it's difficult to know for certain.

I started to look through them: Soldiers Mittens, Lemon Pattern, Gimlet Pattern, Stockings Eric aged 5, Easter Chick, and others. There was even a sample of wool pinned to Balaclava Helmet with flaps. It made me smile that this little relict from a previous knitter had found a new home. I think they may have been copied from different sources but I can't tell for sure.

Some of the instructions are basic, but this is common among vintage patterns, none give a tension, a few don't even give a needle size or wool weight but I have decided that I am going to make them up and re-write the patterns to see if anyone recognises the patterns.

There are 12 complete patterns and 3 which are no more than a schematic, so they might take a bit more work, so this is going to be a year long project with one a month so keep coming back and see how I'm getting on.

Monday, 15 September 2014

New In

Some of these are just amazing: my Ravelry queue is getting longer and longer.

I think the Boudoir Cape (Sirdar 1256) is my favourite along with the Fair Isle gloves (Penelope M1294)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Woman's Own Big Knitting Book - Trimmed with Spots

Trimmed with Spots
I love this jumper with it's tufted spots and puffed sleeves
Woman's Own Big Knitting Book
Date: Sept 1937
Measurements: Bust 34"; length 19.5"; sleeve seam 17"
Materials: double knit or light worsted; 4mm US 6 and 3mm US 2.5 needles; 1 small button; 3.25mm US 3 crochet hook
Original used W.B. Rosedale Fingering 4-ply
Tension: 6.5 stitches and 9 rows to 1 inch using 4mm US 6 needles over stocking stitch