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December 8

It Finally Arrived!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really, really love getting mail!

Proof of how much I like mail:

When I was younger, much much younger, I went around to all of the mailboxes on my street and I casually took all of the good looking letters out of people’s mailboxes.  I thought that some of them must have been mis-delivered and that they should be for me.  heh  I walked back home and proceeded to open several of them up, even before I could read what any of these cards and letters said.  Of course I was discovered by my mom and had a severe punishment, but my love of mail continues to this day.  (But not too the point of stealing other’s mail of course.)  :)

You can imagine my excitement as I spied a package by my mailbox through my front door since I knew it could be only one thing!  I was actually so excited I danced & squeeled and my poor husband was almost scared to death.

Once I got inside of my apartment I did all of the little things that needed to be done around my apartment like emptying the dishwasher, feeding the bunnies, baking cookies all before opening my special package.

Making an even better treat out of my package, I brewed up some apple cinnamon tea and had some of the freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies I just made,  as I tore into it.

Behold!  :)  A Stitch in Time, volume 2 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller.

I’ve been waiting for this book for at least 9 months, while others have been even waiting longer.  Susan opened up the pre-orders a good while before the book was completed which I was actually pretty happy about.  They had a lot of setbacks but the final result is surely worth any extra wait on my part. 

The book is a culmination of 85 vintage knitting patterns from the 30’s to the 50’s, but they’ve been reworked for our modern-shapped bodies but retain the vintage fit/style.  It’s the perfect book for any knitter looking to delve into vintage knits since the book uses modern knitting terminology, needle sizes etc.

A great new addition to the patterns is the sizing.  They not only tell you the size you should knit based on your measurements but they also provide the final sizing so you know how much ease is allowed throughout the pattern at several spots (waist, bust, shoulders).  As many of you knitters and sewers know, that is not always the case on modern patterns (knitting and sewing patterns). 

Since many of the patterns are now up on Ravelry, I have no qualms about showing you a few of my favorite designs from the book to whet your appetite.

Gathered with a Bow:

Anyone of you who follow my blog know I love anything with a bow on it.  This jumper is no exception and the stitch pattern is so dainty and feminine.

This lovely Kasha is one of my top 3 favorites in the book:

It screams 40’s to me and would be the perfect addition into my fall wardrobe/palette for that hint of mustard I’m longing for.

Quick Work in Thick Wool is right up my alley.  I love the buttons and stitch details, but also the fact that it’s not in a fingering weight wool, which would work up pretty quickly as a result.  I’m feeling the need for a nice, thick cosy sweater lately with the winter chill coming on.

The Tri-cable cardigan looks like another lovely, cosy sweater perfect for the cold months.  And of course it has a bow!

This is the Warm Jumper, and does indeed look warm.  Besides the interesting cable stitch pattern, I love the shape of these sleeves; very 30’s/40’s.  I think this jumper would be a wonderful ‘basic’ that could pair beautifully with any type of bottom whether it be a pencil skirt, circle skirt, or even some trousers (as shown).

There are loads of lovely patterns left, so if you still have the book coming you won’t be disappointed and there are plenty more surprises to come.  This book was well worth the wait.

I don’t want to give too much away, but if you happen to love the subject matter of this post you’re definitely going to love the 12th which is the next SewMamaSew Giveaway Day.  *hint hint*

  1. Jane / Dec 8 2011

    so…i work at a library and wish i could order this for us, but it doesn’t look super available through the usual vendors (or even amazon). is there any hope for a US printing?

    • Liz / Dec 8 2011

      I don’t believe they’re doing a US printing. There have been some slight issues with Amazon, but they should have it soon (within a month or so). I believe the author Susan, is waiting for amazon to fulfull the preorders before she sends any more books to amazon.

      • Jane / Dec 12 2011

        Sadness! Because of all our contracts and whatnot, we can’t always get things from retail outlets like Amazon. I guess I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed!

  2. Kerry / Dec 8 2011

    Ohh lots of pretty patterns! Love the tri cable cardigan with a bow – just adorable.

  3. K-Line / Dec 8 2011

    I’m still anxiously awaiting mine. In fact, I’m starting to get a bit miffed that it hasn’t yet arrived.

    • Liz / Dec 8 2011

      I actually was surprised I got mine when I did. I’m in the ravelry forum for A Stitch in Time and the author, Susan, keeps everyone informed about shipping. As far as I know, the final batch of orders for the US have been mysteriously held by UPS, but they have all left UPS for dispach on Monday night. So I was happily surprised mine came as soon as it did.

      • K-Line / Dec 8 2011

        Thing is, I’m in Canada – and our shipping (while sometimes horribly slow) is on a totally different system that that in the US. And Susan, apparently, shipped before Thanksgiving…

  4. ConstantlyAlice / Dec 8 2011

    Eeeep! I’m so envious! I’ve been wanting this book for a while. I have the first one and I just LOVE it. Can’t wait to see what you create from it :)

  5. Tasha / Dec 8 2011

    I knew right away what the subject matter was of this post, I finally got mine too! I am already in love. I loved volume 1 but 2 blows me away. All the detailed extra info in the front and about styles and sizing is fantastic. I want to drop everything and knit up a bunch of things from it… I need more arms. :D

  6. Annabelle / Dec 8 2011

    Ooh, I’m kicking myself for not doing the pre-order! At that time I was finishing up my pink 1940’s sweater that I had been working on for far too long. I figured it would be ages before I would be able to start another knitting project. Oh well, volumes 1 and 2 are both on my Christmas list – hopefully Santa will be good to me. I love that red jumper in the first photo, it’s one of my favorites from the pictures I’ve seen thus far.

  7. Casey / Dec 8 2011

    Oooooh! This has been on my wishlist for awhile, and somehow I forgot to ask for it for Christmas. Boo. Shall have to go on my post-Christmas wishlist (in case anyone just gets me a giftcard or cash… ;) because it looks delightful!!!

  8. Paunnet / Dec 8 2011

    Thanks for sharing. Now I want this book so bad! And of course, I also want to learn to knit properly…

  9. Elise / Dec 9 2011

    This sounds like the ideal book for me, must get my hands on it NOW! :)

  10. Bex / Dec 11 2011

    Mine came a few days ago too (Australia)!
    Its so nice and heavy… Somehow I found the Lavenda Droplet Jumper falling onto my needles…
    :)

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