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*