Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Back in the day.......!

The 1940's cardigan I mentioned in my previous post was finally finished for DD:

She was planning to wear it to a WW2 re-enactment weekend at the Black Country Living Museum - but the weather here in the UK was just a tad (;-p) too hot for such garments!

Still, she's planning another WW2-type visit later in the year, to Bletchley Park - home of the Enigma code-breakers and Station X - so I guess it will have an 'outing' then! (unless she wants something else knitted....!)

Anyway - if you want to see what she got up to last weekend and
re-live the nostalgia, try here  

Keep Calm
Carry On!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A li'l bit of nostalgia!

Haven't been updating much here lately - the reason is, I'm busily knitting a 1940's cardigan for my daughter that she can wear to a WW2 re-enactment event later this month.

It's in 4ply with a 20-row cable pattern - not too bad once you get the hang of it, but the sleeves are making me grit my teeth - increasing and taking those extra stitches into the pattern is tricky!

The pattern comes from this book:

This book has original vintage patterns, alongside modern adaptations to suit different sizes (often just one 'standard' size was given) and currently available yarns.

I've done the back and fronts of the cardigan, then stitches are picked up around the neck to form a yoke. I confess, I had several attempta at this part but couldn't get the pattern to work out as it was written (possibly a typo?), so in the end I just 'fudged' it to fit:

Now - back to those sleeves......and I'll try to get a picture of it being modelled, along with all the other WW2 fashions! :-)