Sunday, September 28, 2008

Retro Knit Sunday and Air Show!

The spouse got tickets to the air show in Salinas through the office so off we went. The only other time we have been to an air show was in Virginia many years ago, and we left that one right after we arrived because it was too hot and muggy. This air show in Salinas was terrific, and I think I am now a fan of air shows. It was exciting, loud, scary, and I got an autograph. I was sitting in a tent next to an empty table, and the table then filled up with pilot types surrounded by their adoring fans. I got a calendar for my nephew and the famous pilot signed it for me. I had never heard of him before, but apparently he is a big deal in aviation land. That's him flying the red plane in the photo. My nephew should be thrilled.
I took a sock to knit on, but you spend most of time with your head looking upwards, so not much knitting was done.

Now, back to Bear Brand/Bucilla Volume 314 from 1940. The first photo shows a slipover in fine-gauge knitting. They call this texture pattern a 'herringbone' pattern, and it gets the herringbone look from slipped stitches and lifted loops. There is a small collar and a small front placket buttoned with round, silver buttons. The sleeves have the fullness gathered in at the top.

The tweed suit is called 'Campus-Love'. The contrast plaid is both knit in and embroidered. The horizontal lines are knit, and the vertical lines are woven in later, over and under a certain number of rows. The suit jacket has a bit of the era's mannish look with squared off shoulders and the neckline has V shaping. It is knit on size 3 needles at 6 1/2 sts/inch. What is that thing she is holding? Is it one of those portable seats you stick in the ground and then sit upon?

'Cadet' is a two-piece suit. The close-fitting jacket is trimmed with braids that match the skirt. It is knit of dress yarn on size 2 needles at 7 1/2 sts/inch.

This little cardigan with the shawl collar has 10 buttons down the front, and an interesting texture pattern with a woven look. The front bands are single crochet. The description says, 'Choose this semi-tailored cardigan for active or spectator sports'.

This sweater, a fine-gauge pullover, has 14 buttons! At least you wouldn't have to make that many buttonholes because they are decorative only. The high-necked sweater has a zipper at the center back neck opening. Zippers were not called 'zippers' at this time, they are referred to as 'slide fasteners'.

Now I am off to knit a little on the February Lady Sweater and to cook Sunday dinner. Though not at the same time.

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