A surprise in the mail!

I love surprises, who doesn’t? To be honest, this wasn’t a surprise surprise, like one of those that you have no knowledge of whatsoever… because I did order this book some time ago. But I had no idea what I was about to see. Let’s have a show and tell, and there is something for everybody, whether you are going into summer (like us), or winter.

A story book? Fairy tales? No… it is for MEEEEE!

And here is what us in the Southern hemisphere should consider knitting quickly, as it is soon time to lie on the beach:

But all my friends going into winter, here are some smart ideas for you: gloves for the horse woman?
Or these marvelous cami- knickers?

Here is a two piece set for those who don’t like the all in one idea…
And I myself should contemplate knitting this set of warm underwear for boys, fly and all, for my 14 year old teenager who is going to Chicago in December, don’t you agree?

Jokes aside now. This is a really inspiring book, there are many wonderful designs in it, and so many ideas for beautifully knitted details. Most designs need updating in terms of sleeve heads and shoulders, though. Never mind. And the instructions are a bit tricky – though very clear and thorough, they refer only to very fine yarn (32 st per 10cm) and there are no schematics, so it is not straightforward to re-create these designs in other materials. Each design is only published in one size, which doesn’t matter to me (since I would just re- do the pattern for the design anyway), but it would be nice to have flexibility in terms of size, if one would like to re-create the design.

Here are some lovely ones I will hopefully have time to do! All the women’s designs are very tailored with fitted waists, and this is achieved by changing needles to a smaller size!

So here are the book details:

Complete Family Knitting illustrated by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster, Odhams Press Ltd, Long Acre, London. Published in the late 1940s.

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3 thoughts on “A surprise in the mail!

  1. Hallo Swantje! Ein tolles Buch… So etwa wars in den Fünfzigern aber auch noch… Antje

    Gesendet: Donnerstag, 15. November 2012 um 04:30 Uhr Von: textileshed <comment-reply@wordpress.com> An: antjeosenger@web.de Betreff: [New post] A surprise in the mail!

    textileshed posted: "I love surprises, who doesn't? To be honest, this wasn't a surprise surprise, like one of those that you have no knowledge of whatsoever… because I did order this book some time ago. But I had no idea what I was about to see. Let's have a show and tell,"

    • Wie haben die Leute bloss Zeit gehabt, so ohne Washmaschine, Auto, Kinderhort, usw??? Und so dunne Wolle! How did people have the time, such thin yarns, no washing machines, cars, childcare…?

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