Friday, September 3, 2010

The Vintage Edition

Recently I helped a friend move.  She was sifting and sorting through piles of things when she came across a stack of old knitting patterns. Was I interested in taking them?  You bet.

I have quite a collection of vintage knitting books and patterns.  A few years ago I inherited some from my aunt when she got rid of her knitting things.  Others I have picked up here and there over the years. I'm always on the look out to add to my collection.

New to my library . . . 

. . . these two issues of Handicrafter from the 40s and 50s.  I love to read old patterns.  They can be a source of inspiration.  It's also interesting to note how knitting techniques and pattern writing have changed over the years.

Then there is this booklet with a classic family photo from the 60s.

Another version of the Cleavers.

And from the more modern 70s . . . 

. . . shawls to knit and crochet.  Sometimes you just have to laugh.

I was excited to see this booklet in the pile.

I had a copy of this when I was a kid.  Seeing it brought back fond memories although I don't think I'm going to take up tatting any time soon.

In keeping with the vintage theme I recently stumbled across Efreeme. Check it out if you're interested in vintage and handmade items.

Earl is approaching, and it's time to batten down the hatches.  I leave you with my color inspiration for the week.

New pears . . . a refreshing yellow-green.

1 comment:

Taos Sunflower said...

Cool score! I once owned one of those Learn How books also. Glad you're keeping these for future generations. Good luck with Earl, hope he doesn't bother you too much and it provides good knitting time for you!