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  • knitting1105 7:58 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    People Knitting 


    People have been sending vintage photos of knitting to me on FB, so I was curious where they all came from all of a sudden, and I found this book.  Of course I bought it!  One does not even need to ask.

    The author, Barbara Levine, has been collecting Vintage knitting photos for over 25 years, even though she herself is not a knitter, and many of the photos come from her personal collection. She calls herself a knitting watcher, and her mother was a knitter, though she does not have a single photo of her mother knitting.


    The photos range from the past 100+ years once photography was more popular. They show both genders, and all ages.



    This book would make a great little gift or stocking stuffer for any knitter.  It will be kept out in the Living Room for perusing at my house.


    I found this photo to be especially funny, as I have a hair appointment tomorrow, and I am known for always knitting while sitting in the chair!


    It was really enjoyable looking through this book, but it also made me sad.  I have been knitting since I was 7.  I do not know of a single photo of me knitting.  Too late to get that back.  Have someone take pictures of you while you do your craft.



    • Diane Hamilton 11:06 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That looks like a fun book! I am sorry there is no known picture of you knitting but we all have a picture of you knitting in our memories, like the trip to Mesa Verde and Traver asking you what you were knitting and he thought it was good colors for a little boy. Even though there isn’t a physical picture it is one I will always treasure and I picture us all in the SUV and you sitting up in the front seat while Traver was asking you questions about your knitting. Memories I will always hold close to my heart. Sometimes those are the best pictures!


      • knitting1105 12:14 pm on November 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane. Memories are good, but hard to pass on. Amazing that I never thought of the fact that there was not a photo of me knitting until now. I have always been camera shy, but knitting is the thing that would have made me happy to have a photo taken. Maybe I will do a photo session soon.


  • knitting1105 10:27 am on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Vintage Knitting needles, WWII Knitting   

    Knit Your Bit 


    Recently I was looking through my needles to loan pair of #3 40″ circulars to a friend.  In the process, I went through a stash of knitting needles that I purchased from a friend a couple of years ago.  And, I found these:



    This spiked my curiosity, of course I knew about knitting for the war, and socks being a favorite.  I had read the book Knitting America, by my friend Susan Strawn, and in that book she talks extensively about the War knitting efforts.


    Researching online, I could not find any examples of these intact needles for sale.  I did, however, find fun graphics, and of course the pattern for the socks that were to be knit with these needles.



    There was also a book published in 2012 with WWI and WWII knitting patterns.  I was interested until I saw the resell price of $432!!!

    If you are interested in knitting some of the Vintage patterns, this site has some free examples.


    And… I also found these cool Vintage needles in my search:  Clover, Susan Bates and Boye.  All will be on display and loved for the history.  The small Clover ones are from Japan, and only 8 1/2″ long, I do not know how you would knit with them, or what they are used for.

    • salpal1 6:36 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      fun research! I can tell you that the small clover needle would be perfect fro knitting socks and sleeve cuffs. I have a couple of tiny, short Addi needles and love them for those two things. I wonder why the pattern book costs so much? Seems pretty high for a pattern book!

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      • knitting1105 9:44 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I think that the small Clovers would only be good for a baby sweater, and I would most likely use DPN’s. The pattern book is only worth as much as the next fool is willing to pay for it. I will keep my eye out for this other places though. I remember when the DoN Polar Bear pattern leaflet was going for $500!


        • salpal1 2:08 pm on June 22, 2016 Permalink

          that’s just crazy. Eventually it will be available on Amazon. Heck, if I had a copy, I would sell it to you for half that price. 🙂


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