November 6

Thank you your patience, you who keep checking in to see if I have anything new to say! Without meaning to, I gave myself a vacation.

My excuse is that I’ve been busy proofing the layouts for my new book which is due to be sent to the printer in a couple of weeks. It’s tedious work, going through text you have already labored over for months. I’m a dreadful procrastinator but my house is cleaner for it because I would rather clean the oven than read a knitting pattern for the tenth time. The worst part is finding a typo that you didn’t pick up last time and wondering if they’re breeding in the night while you sleep. But hey, I’m almost there!┬áThe result will be released next May 2012. More about that in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, my friend Polly from London cheered me up no end with the image (above). It reminded me to embrace silliness. Not that making a Missoni-esque dog sweater to match your own is altogether silly, in fact, it’s very fabulous, as are many of the designs in my vintage books, from every era. Here’s a little sampling of what I found in five minutes of delving into my pile:

I love a knitted dress. How gorgeous are these two, and the ladies wearing them? The dress on the right is knit sideways, in space dyed yarn.


Now I’m in the mood for summer and horsing around on the beach with my hubby


while the kids do what kids do, copy the adults


and the toddler builds a sandcastle in her lovely plaid play suit.

These patterns beg the question: what yarn to use?

If you think about the properties of all the various fibres, you understand why wool swimsuits were popular. Wool dries faster than cotton and keeps its shape better.

A few years ago I knitted a dress in rayon yarn. It was worked in the round and flared from the hips which solved any sagging issues around the rear bulging bits.It was lovely until I “outgrew” it and gave it to a friend.

No one ┬áthese days is going to make a wool swimsuit, but the ladies’ style is so lovely it makes me wish that a miracle yarn existed, something natural, elastic, and quick drying like lycra. Then I would give it a shot. Would you?


5 Responses to “November 6”

  1. kate Says:

    Wonderful, wonderful post. The photo with the very glam dog had both my mum and myself laughing. I can’t wait to see your book – I don’t know if you remember me but I was the girl at the craft fair in Hamilton completely and utterly inspired by your first knitting book and feeling so very star struck at meeting you. I know the next one will be something special too. Lots of love, Kate (from greedy for colour – which was started on your advice) xxooxxoo.

  2. Carla Says:

    LOVE those ladies in their elegant, knitted, “Mad Men” style dresses! They are just stunning…

  3. yoel Says:

    Great photos! The only thing that could top them is if there were a dog named Ripples wearing that sweater, with a matching lady.

  4. Leslie Says:

    Fabulous post, thanks for sharing. Everything old is new again, eh?

  5. Polly Says:

    That space dyed dress is to dye for!! Excuse the pun! I love it, but I especially love the simplicity of the little girls swim suit with triangle halter neck, the ribbing is a nice touch too. I wonder if I could get away with a knitted swimsuit? Not a bad idea seem as its Winter over here!

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