Monday, May 21, 2007

Belding Corticelli Bk KP 13

This is one of my most favorite vintage knitting books; the designs are not too haute or over-the-top, but they are classic 1930's. You'd look right at home on the set of "The Black Cat" in any of these outfits (although whether you'd match the creepy repartee of Lugosi & Karloff in that film is another story entirely - Bela warms my cardiac cockles when he says "Superstitious? Perhaps. Baloney? Perhaps not.").

I bought this and some other 1930's knitting books in a flea market in Landisville, NJ a couple of decades ago. I'll be posting patterns from this book periodically (as well as others). If you've got something you're particularly interested in, send me an email and I'll see if I have a pattern for it. WARNING: It may take me awhile to get back to you or post something. If you're in a huge hurry for that perfect pattern, I'm not the person you want. Hey, at least I'm not pretending to be organized.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I would love the pattern for this hat!

My guess is that it's made of Red Heart Super Saver. His ma probably knitted it for him - sweet! {I highly recommend that you click on the photo for the enlarged view - not only can you appreciate the hat that much more, but you can appreciate that it was taken on what looks to be a firing range...this should be hanging in a museum next to American Gothic.}

Friday, May 04, 2007

Rather Stupid Article About Knitting

I must say, I like the 21st cent. revival of knitting better than the early/mid-1980's version (many ugly patterns during that time). Perhaps because there was nothing like the internet, anyone doing odd, radical, creative, punk knitting never got noticed or known. I only had a couple of friends in the punk scene who were into knitting, and no one was getting all that creative (I was the weird one with my vintage patterns).

On an unrelated topic, I learned something new about Blogger; if you take months or years to publish a draft, it shows up on the date you started it, not the date you published. Since it takes me forever to publish anything, if you're looking for old patterns, you may wish to check the archives for previous months. I just published something I started in Feb, and that's where it is on the post now. Arse biscuits! I have a suit from the late 1910's - early 1920's that I hope to publish, but I started it last month, so it won't show up in'll have to travel back to April something or other to see it.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Swagger Scarf

1930's Scarf pattern from Lorraine Yarns vol W1 (magazine has F.W. Woolworth's imprint on the back). I haven't made this one up yet, but I thought I'd post it for anyone interested in vintage accessories. I'd love to get photos of the FO, if someone makes it up! (Apologies for my unsophisticated presentation of the visuals - perhaps someday I'll be inspired to improve my blogging skills, just keep holding your breath!)