there’s been a total inflation in the word vintage these last four or five years here in sweden, and personally i’m quite fed up with the term. what was previously called used or second hand is now vintage. vintage this and vintage that. sigh… however, i’m still totally insane about fashion history and collect patterns (both sewing and knitting) from the general period between 1920 and 1965. i’ve recently added some new books to my collection:
the one on the left, klassisk stickning, is the translated version of vintage knitware for modern knitters by lise-lotte lystrup. there are quite a lot of nice patterns that i would love to try. however, i do suspect that the translation isn’t all that great, for instance the term “4-ply” is translated literally. not so good. but the rest might be alright, i hope. the one in the middle is the rolls royce of knitting books with vintage (aarggh, i said it!) patterns, a stitch in time. it contains almost 60 patterns from the 20’s to 40’s, both the original ones, unedited, and “translated” versions with modern yarns and several sizes for contemporary bodies. it’s a real coffee table book, large with lovely, stylish colour photographs. a true source of inspiration for any knitter! the book on the right, stickat och virkat – vintage på svenska, does not contain any old patterns at all, but they’re inspired by the fashion of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. mainy 50’s i would say. i love the photos, they’re funny and charming, but the knitware isn’t all that exciting. unfortunately the designer have chosen to work with quite thick yarn, and some of the garments doesn’t fit the models. but it’s a sweet book that i find inspirational in a sense even though i don’t think i’ll knit any of the projects. my friend eva has reviewed these books on her style blog (in swedish), i recommend that you take a look.
i’ve finished the body part of the hourglass jumper, knitting on 5 mm needles really makes this a quick project! this time around i’m also omitting changing skeins every two or three rounds, since that is so… boring, and i’m now really enjoying the effect of the different skeins:
there’s one potentially big problem with this jumper. i obviously didn’t pay attention when i first cast on. i accidentally cast on for one size larger than i had intended. oops. so, everything points to that the hourglass jumper that was too tight will now turn into the hourglass jumper that is too loose. oh, well, that might be nice? and i’m not frogging the bleeding thing again! if it ends up too too big, i’ll gently full it. that sounds like a good idea, right? ahem.
to be continued…
oh, and i’ve also made some really tasty rhubarb buns! they turned out so well i just had to take a picture and show you:
baking during a heatwave is probably not very intelligent, but i brough home a lot of rhubarbs from my mum’s garden and felt like baking, so…