Sunday, October 18, 2009

Retro Knit Sunday!

Still not much knitting going on here since we are having strange weather for the fall. Usually the days are sometimes warm or sometimes cool, but we very seldom have hot, sticky, humid weather like we are having this month. We are also getting ready for another round of window replacements which means that the sewing/knitting room will have to be packed up and cleared out. I am wondering what long lost treasures will turn up in the upheaval.

Today I am going to give you all a peek into the little pink British magazine shown above, a 1960 Vogue Knitting Book, Volume No. 56. The magazine measures about 7" x 9 1/2 ". In the fashion timeline, England had not yet risen to prominence in the fashion world with the advent of mod fashion, Carnaby Street, and Twiggy. Rather than being cutting edge, the fashions in this magazine are beautifully classic, useful designs.

Can't go wrong with a sheath dress! These fashions fall right in the Mad Men time frame.

The cardigan above is more sporty, a nice heavy cardigan for cold British days.
Another classy sheath dress in ribbed wool.

The sweater set above could certainly still be worn today, so classic is the styling. Interest is added with the choice of a 'Crinkle-Spun' yarn with appealing texture.

How current is the sweater above?! Fitted, gathers at the shoulder yoke, and empire seam styling.....very pretty.

I am still knitting on the languishing blue sock, but at least I am approaching the heel of the second sock. I took a break to mend one of the socks I had given to my daughter several years ago since she somehow broke the thread that grafted the toe stitches, so I had to pick up the dropped stitch and regraft the toe.

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