Sunday, July 27, 2008

FO: Black socks; Previous Generations of FOs

Just in time for the dog days of summer, black wool socks.

We watched a movie the other day that was filmed here in Toronto back in February. My god, the snow.... In this hot, hazy, humid weather, it was sort of nice to be reminded that these socks will actually be useful in the future, but it was also quite terrifying to contemplate the 4 foot high banks of snow.

On a related note, I've been lucky enough recently to be gifted with a selection of vintage pattern books, from a couple of knitters' stashes. Some tremendous books....

It's fascinating to examine the progression of styles and techniques. Some of the designs are utterly timeless, others so incredibly of their time that I can't imagine that they were considered fashionable for more than about 10 minutes.

Click to embiggen this one to see a few. Love the name for the tunic-length sweater: a "seat cover".

The Beehive Winter Headgear book made me laugh... on a balaclava pattern, I found annotations in my husband's grandmother's handwriting, with his measurements. He doesn't recall having such winter headgear; I suggested that post-traumatic stress disorder might be causing him to block the memory. This was a Beehive book of the 1970s, after all. The yarns used are all various acrylic horrors. Could you imagine wearing an acrylic balaclava???

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