July 13 marked exactly 80 days until my mother's 80th birthday, so my sister and I have assembled a collection of gifts, one for each day and each representing a year of her life. She's currently up to 1943, so I'm safe in saying that the first gifts have included a recipe booklet from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, a compilation disc of 1930s music, postcards from the 1939 New York World's Fair, 1943 secretarial magazines, and handmade items from vintage patterns crafted by my sister and me. My mother is chronicling her months-long birthday celebration in weekly blog updates over at Lillian's Cupboard (found here).
Personally I'm thrilled to no longer have to keep my knitting projects from the last four months under wraps. I was constantly hiding my works-in-progress when my mother stopped by and I couldn't take part in the weekly Yarn Along over at the Small Things blog since mommy is my most dedicated reader. Now that the gift-giving has started, I can at least reveal the four hand-knitted items she's received so far.
1. FINGERLESS GLOVES
here. Once I figured out the modern equivalent of the British needles used, the pattern itself was a piece of cake. They're done is wool sock yarn and I chose a charcoal gray color which just seemed to fit with the Depression-era pattern. Full information can be found in my Ravelry notes here.
2. THE HOOVER BLANKET
Rusty, to lounge on. I did it in pink and pale green that is the same color as my mother's beloved Jadeite. The pattern can be found free here. Full information can be found in my Ravelry notes here.
3. WORLD WAR II U.S. NAVY WATCH CAP
here and you can download a PDF of the original type-written pattern, which is neat to look at all by itself. Once I figured out the type of yarn and size of needle (a common problem with older patterns), it was a breeze to knit...if ungodly boring. Full information can be found in my Ravelry notes here.
4. THE MISS MARPLE SCARF
|It's a little big on Foghorn, but looks|
very nice on Grandma.
Last year I got my mother into reading Agatha Christie mysteries, so naturally when I stumbled on a pattern for a scarf inspired by Miss Marple, Christie's elderly spinster detective, I couldn't resist. Christie's The Body in the Library was published in 1942, so I included a copy of the book with the scarf, knit in a color called Chipmunk Tweed. Definitely looks like something an older lady would wear in an English village. The free pattern can be found here. Full information can be found in my Ravelry notes here.
More vintage knitty goodness is still to come, but I'm afraid that's all I can reveal at the moment. I hope you all can stand the suspense until I can reveal the next pattern... Come on, admit it. This is more suspenseful than game seven of the World Series.
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