Sunday, July 04, 2010

Mitford Sweater Girls

I think these ladies from a 1935 Monarch knitting magazine look remarkably like the Mitford Sisters. Well, four of them. Sir John Betjeman and I love them for their sins....even the 3rd model's hat.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Centenial Crafting for Canada Day

This Canada Day marked the 100th birthday of the Canadian Navy. Here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that's a pretty big deal. Our celebrations were made downright electric by the attendance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at the International Fleet Review in Halifax Harbour.
For reasons perhaps known to locals, I have much much more to report on the Queen's visit. For now, please enjoy some Navy inspired vintage knitting and crochet.

Here is an insert from a Canadian wartime craft magazine (cover title missing) with patterns approved by the Canadian Red Cross and the IODE for service knitting.
Does anyone know what 'wheeling' (a yarn type), mentioned in the article below might be? The article gives gauges for wartime knitting yarns and lists what type of service garment each yarn is best for.

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