I dug out this copy of Stitchcraft from January 1946, which is always lurking in my mind's eye, waiting to jump the queue!
This is my favourite volume from my modest stash of vintage knitting magazines.
It is just a small booklet, but there are at least three items I want to knit from it, possibly four, and I also love the glimpses into history provided by the adverts and other craft projects.
For example, here is a teapot stand, made out of a tile and two wooden cotton reels: "The original tile came from a bombed house in London."
Oh! Um... err...really? My heart lurched when I read that!
Did people ever really take that sort of source information in their stride? Even just after the war?
They are both knitted in the same yarn, but on different sized needles, yet have the same gauge. I assume the different stitch patterns change the tension.
The instructions only come in one size, which is to fit a 34 inch bust, which should be OK for me, but I wondered how knitters of the time coped with this - did most women have the skills to alter garments to fit?
Or were all knitters the same size?!
My plan is to knit one of these in black "Crow" Alba Yarn and the other in deep blueberry "Moody Blue", also Alba Yarn.
I think I will use black for the lacey pattern, and blue for the rib and arrow-head, as the lighter colour will show off the stitch pattern better.
Of course... I had no sooner decided what I wanted to do, than my dpns arrived! Typical! But it was good thinking time.