Donations

It’s been an exciting week at the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection.  I had accepted two donations of publications and they arrived though the post.  One is a wonderful collection of booklets and leaflets, published around 1920 – most of them I have never seen before.  Here is a selection:

We already have copies of that edition of Woolcraft, but not in such good condition – the other booklets are entirely new.  But this donation deserves a post to itself (later).

The other donation consisted mainly of collections of crochet samples, bound into notebooks.  I will perhaps write more about those in another post as well  (although crochet is not my thing, especially fine cotton crochet of the kind in the notebooks.)  An unexpected bonus with this donation were some very old magazines, including copies of Fancy Needlework Illustrated and Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

Fancy Needlework Illustrated is awkward to scan – the printed area is larger than A4.  So the ilustration below is just part of the front cover.  Evidently it was also an awkward size for readers, too – this copy has been kept folded across the middle for a long time. Issue No. 64 is from the early 1920s, I guess.  (They aren’t dated.)  Knitted or crocheted dresses often featured in the needlecraft magazines of that time – like the one on the left, with the model soulfully examining a rose. The dresses are so shapeless and droopy – not at all attractive to my mind.  It’s amazing that only ten years previously, women were tightly corseted into the very structured Edwardian gowns – now they appear not to be wearing any corsets at all (although I’m sure they must have been).    

Fancy Needlework llustrated No. 64 (detail of cover0

We think of 20s fashion as a very straight slim silhouette – but I think that’s more typical of the later 20s.  At the time of this magazine, dresses seem to have been quite roomy on the hips (it looks as though the models might have been wearing quite bulky petticoats).   I don’t think it works – if you’re going to have no bust and no waist, you have to have slim hips too.

But as well as dresses, there were jumpers, and these are more successful, I think – they often have a belt, for one thing.  Here are two from the same magazine.

The “Clovelly” Jumper in Knitting and Crochet

 

The “Wingrove” Knitted and Crocheted Jumper

The Clovelly jumper is a T-shape,  in stocking stitch with panels of filet crochet.  The Wingrove jumper also has knitted sections, in stocking stitch with a regular pattern of eyelets.  The crochet pieces are done in a sort of large-scale Irish crochet, in a design of leaves and bunches of grapes.  The drawstring waist was very common in jumpers of that time – and at least it did give you a waist.

In the same parcel was an issue of Weldon’s Practical Crochet – no. 77 in the Practical Needlework series.  Our copy has several ads for knitting comforts for the troops, and so must have been printed during the First World War, but Weldon’s kept these magazines in print for a long time, and I think it may have been originally published earlier than that.  (A note on the first page of the magazine says “Over 360 Numbers now ready, and always in print.”)

Weldon’s Practical Crochet, 15th Series, No. 77 in the Practical Needlework series.

 
   It is subtitled “How to Crochet Useful Garments and Articles for Ladies and Children.”  It has patterns for babies’ and children’s clothes, including ‘bootikins’  (which made me smile, because that’s Mary Beard’s translation of Caligula).  There are a couple of household items – antimacassars and coverlets – but no women’s clothes except underclothes. And there are patterns for toys, including the very charming elephant on the front cover.

And a toy lamb, too – though I don’t think that’s as successful.  Perhaps better in reality, in white wool, than in the engraving.

Some of the clothes for babies and children seem needlessly complicated.  Here’s a child’s dress in tricot (Tunisian crochet?) and crochet.  Not a garment to encourage active play – more suitable to sitting quietly to read an improving book.  

  
This dress and other patterns in the magazine make me think it’s much earlier than the First World War.  The Practical Needlework series started in 1888, it was published monthly, and No. 77 is part of Volume 7, so I think it might have been first published in 1895 or thereabouts.  (Which is very inconsiderate to someone like me who is trying to assign a date to a publication and might be seriously misled by the ads.)  

More later on the other publications that arrived this week.  
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Last Day Savor

 Lena enjoyed our slow start to the day and helped with the knitting occasionally.
 I’m ready to begin the crown of Mendia Hat #2;  much easier this time!
 The Dee’s Sock is moving right along and the Top Cat yarn is so luscious to work with!

 Today was the first day Abigail felt like getting up and joining us in socializing-she has spent all week sick with the bug that has permeated our group!  (David and I are the only ones to escape!)

 Even though Bill felt rotten, he took David fishing with Linda’s husband, Chuck .  They took Chuck’s boat and headed out on different waterways then we have explored so it was a double good time.

                  They didn’t catch any Tilapia as they hoped but they did spot these manatees!

                                             We had a wonderful, crazy and precious week.
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Rainbows in the Gorge

The pattern is finished. It is called Rainbows in the Gorge and the designer is Sarah Keller. It won’t be available to purchase on Ravelry until next weekend. But I’ve worked out a deal to get advance copies. If you purchase the yarn we can sell you the pattern.

The cardigan is pictured in a So Fond of Rainbows kit. We are out of this colourway but it will be back in stock on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

We have one of the Enchanted Woodland kit in stock right now. This is the colourway that Lynda is knitting. More of these will be in the shipment as well.

Order the yarn and pattern and we will hold for you to pick up or ship to you later this week when the kits arrive. There will be free shipping on the kit.

You need 20 Cheshire Cat mini skeins for the cardigan. From Sarah

Arrange your 20 rainbow colors in the order of your choosing; sweater is worked from cuff to cuff, from C1 at cuff to C16 at center back, then in reverse from C16 back to C1 at opposite cuff. C17-20 are used in the shawl collar. Cut each yarn after changing color.

I have thought of something different if you aren’t fond of these colours. Use 2 mini skein kits (2 of each colour).

You can fade light grey to dark grey and then dark brown to light brown. This gives you 10 colours. Then you will start again at light grey and work to dark grey and then use the dark brown. That is your 16 colours. Your shawl collar will be 4 shades of brown. This is just one suggestion – I can come up with many more ways to combine these kits.

Or you can do something a bit more daring. Take 4 different kits and combine them. Here are 2 different options I came up with this afternoon. I didn’t open the kits for fear of getting them back in the wrong package. Imagine throwing the skeins on the table and rearranging them. I think both of these combinations would make a great cardigan.

Lynn tried the Linen Stitch Scarf on this morning and never took it off. It looks grey with her Remy Poncho.

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Workshop Scheduling

Each year, participants of the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat volunteer to lead workshops at the retreat.

Knitting Expertise Shared

We have amazing spinners, weavers, knitters, crocheters and designers who show up to the retreat each year, willing to share what they know with the guys who attend.

Some of the more popular workshops have been Lace Blocking, Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, Designing Knits that Fit, Sock Heel Architecture, Tunisian Crochet,  Choosing Colors That Work Together, Intro to Double-Knitting, Crochet Edging, etc.

It’s amazing what the guys come up with each year…especially since each workshop is 3 hours long and we really don’t have the facilities to delve into the messier workshops, like dyeing.

If you could attend, what workshops would you like to see?

Current Knitting and Spinning

I finished the Biased Garter Scarf using my hand-spun, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I also finished the spinning the Mohair/Shetland singles from Mindy and started spinning some unknown wool that I will ply it with.

The unknown wool is being spun thicker than the mohair/shetland blend..I think it will create an interesting yarn when it’s all finished.  I’ll certainly have enough of it.

Readers’ Comments/Questions

Regarding my afterthought heel, Leslie suggests, “For an afterthought heel, try doing the same thing as a toe, just decreasing to the final number rather than increasing. K2tog and SSK make a very nice heel, one stitch from the edge.”

That’s exactly what the pattern called for, and I might pull out my heel and re-do it that way.  We’ll see how ambitious I am.

Thank you all for the well-wishes on my kidney stone saga…I’m feeling quite well now and will have my final visit with the Urologist (hopefully) next week.
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Colour Me Happy

We have a new Linen Stitch Scarf in the store. Lynda knit this for us and it looks amazing.

You need the pattern from Churchmouse Yarns (available on Ravelry or in the store) and then we did a few modifications.
-cast on 550 stitches
-work one row of each colour – that way you don’t need to cut the yarn

Yarn: Malabrigo Mechita – one skein each of Sheri, English Rose and Musas

We had some left over yarn. You can make the scarf longer or wider if you choose. You can also use the leftovers to make a fringe.

Lynda is working away on the cardigan using the So Fond of Rainbows set. I can’t wait to see it finished.

Ms. UPS brought in an awesome box from Mrs. Crosby today. The new colours are so much better in person!

I mixed some Mrs. Crosby Train Case and Lorna’s Laces Solemate to make up Find Your Fade combinations.

There hasn’t been much knitting this week. I’m going to sit and work on my Ambah MKAL tonight. No paperwork. No phone calls. No Ravelry. Only knitting. I’m almost finished Clue 2 and Clue 3 should be coming out tonight.
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Move it Along!

 I finished the quilting on the long overdue lap quilt!
 What a great feeling to be done after a 10 year bin sit! lol
I hurriedly took it from the frame so we could load up the baby quilt!
 We’ve got to finish it tomorrow!
The quilt is trimmed and the binding all ready to attach when Marsel does the frame work.
It’s nice to have a plan!
And this evening, we knit……….

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Treasured

 David and Bill did a bit of cloudy day fishing.  Bill caught two and David is still waiting for his big catch!
(they were fishing on knitting friend, Linda’s, dock)
 I finished another water painting;  this one of the American Robin.
My teacher asked that I take part in a showing for the Audubon Society and, of course, I had to try since I love to do birds!
 David and Will did a bit of treasure hunting and found something quite amazing;
an axe head!
It is quite large and heavy!
We had fun wondering how old it could be–
caveman?
Native American?
Spanish?
It was fun to laugh and wonder and after all-he wondering is part of the thrill of the hunt!

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Rumours

Mrs. Crosby has been busy. Her new colours are amazing!! We will have them in the store late tomorrow afternoon.

I’ve heard rumour that the colours are named after men from her past. I will try and pin her down on this the next time she is in town.

We received a shipment today from Loopy Mango. We needed 35mm needles and to top up our Big Loop. In the box was a hat kit for the Food Drive Prize Basket. The kit includes one ball of yarn, the pattern and the needles all packed in a cute box. I was given a sample ball at TNNA that is the same colour and same lot. I’m adding it too – now a pompom can be added to the hat.

I tried finding a picture of the kit on line and came across this Nantucket Throw picture. Now I want this colour. The next order :)

Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!!

Today I worked on the Camp brochure and it should be ready this weekend. The workshop on Friday is going to be amazing. I want to take it.

Take a look at the Camp blog…

I’m at the point on Ambah’s MKAL that I need a longer cord on my needle. No problem. I have interchangeable Addi tips and cords at home. Not a problem until you start looking. I have one 3.75mm tip. How is that possible? I’ll continue tonight and get new tips tomorrow. It was a lot easier when I lived above the store :)
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Baby Quilt

Look what”s on the design wall!
This is a multi-generational project my Mom, Marsel and I are working on this week!
We are piecing it now and deciding what we will do for another border or not as we go-stay tuned!
(My sister’s daughter is the recipient for enquiring minds!)

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Luxury Sock

 This is the delicious sock yarn with cashmere that I purchased from Wandering Cat Yarns just after Christmas.
I finally cleared my knitting projects so I could cast on a pair of socks!  
I only managed to cast on and knit the toe during Tuesday’s Knitting Session today but I did it!
Now to decide if they will be plain shorty socks or a bit more detailed!
We are all discussing what color this yarn is-
denim blue or lavender-ish?!
I’m enjoying it slipping through my fingers no matter what!

Source: FF