Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Yarn Along......Vintage Knitting Patterns.

 

How are you all doing? I hope you all had a good weekend. I haven't got much to show you today, I've done a few more rows on my Garter Stitch Stripy Baby Blanket. I'm using Rico Essential Cotton DK, which I really like, sometimes cotton yarn can be quite splity but this is fine, you can find the colours I've used on my Ravelry page, just click on the link.

I'm looking through my collection of vintage baby knitting patterns for a unisex matinee jacket. I'm always on the lookout for old patterns in charity shops and vintage stores, most of the patterns I have are from the 50's and 60's. Don't you love the old style matinee jackets, they are so cute on newborn babies and most with matching bootees. Hopefully I will have cast one on by next week to share with you.

I've started a new project, it's the Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, it's a beautiful, large lace shawl using a lace weight yarn. It's been a while since I've knit with 2ply, I'm using a Skein Queen Laceweight yarn but unfortunately when I bought it, it didn't have a ballband so I haven't got a clue what base it is or the colourway. The main colour is a gorgeous midnight blue with Stellina, it reminds me of twinkling stars in the night sky. If anybody has recognizes this yarn, please could you let me know.

I saw this great idea on the Pom Pom Quarterly blog, instead of using an highlighter pen to mark off where you are on the pattern, you use Washi Tape instead. I've got the pattern in a plastic Poly Pocket, to protect it and I use the tape directly on the pocket and move it down after every row, it's low tack, removable and each small piece lasts for ages. I've moved it 47 times and it's still as sticky as when I first used it.

This week I'm reading The Butterfly Box by Santa Montefiore, I love her books, I have only just started it but so far it's looking good. I have read another book since last week, it took me three evenings to finish, I couldn't put it down. It was called Tideline by Penny Hancock, it was a very dark and disturbing read and I really didn't expect the ending, a great read if you like this genre.

Check out this weeks Yarn Along and WIP Wednesday, for more Work in Progress, this week.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week.

xxxxDebxxxx

 

17 comments:

Joy said...

I also love the vintage baby clothes patterns, Deb. and still have a few myself from way back then!!! I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more! Joy x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I love those patterns too! LOVING the colors on your latest projects!!!

karen said...

lace weight is my favorite weight to knit with. I just love knitting shawls :) Love the bright beautiful baby garter stitch blanket!!

Linda R said...

I really do LOVE the colors of your baby blanket. It going to be so cute.. Happy Wednesday my friend.

Hugs~

Una said...

I don't know the name of the yarn, but I simply adore dark blues. I was only thinking recently that it was about time I knitted something in this colour.

mamasmercantile said...

I have a very large collection of vintage patterns, including baby patterns knitting, crochet and sewing. There is nothing nicer than seeing a newborn baby in a matinee jacket with matching bootees. Looking forward to seeing what you knit.

Chrissie said...

Such fun! I made a baby blanket last year from a '70s pattern, it looked just as stunning with modern yarn...I look forward to seeing more! Chrissie x

Donna said...

While I don't recognize the yarn it IS beautiful. And speaking of beautiful - that blanket just makes me happy. Especially when we are having such a dreary day like today.

CathieJ said...

I love the vintage patterns. Thanks for passing on the Washi tape tip. That will come in handy. I love yarn in your shawl. Beautiful.

Ira Huberts said...

Lovely shots, great vintage patterns. No doubt you will come up with something totally neat made with one of them! Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

thesnailgarden said...

That is such a great tip for marking your place on the pattern! Thank you for sharing it, now i have the perfect excuse to buy some Washi Tape! :) Best wishes, Pj x

elns said...

The colors on the garter blanket are so fun. I'm enjoying watching it grow. The tape for marking your pattern is a good idea. This will be really helpful for my larger projects where I manage to keep the patterns in the page protector!

Carol said...

Have you thought about using Knit Companion? It is a great app for detailed patterns like lace. There is a fee for it but I think it is well worth it.

I love the colors on your garter blanket - so cute!

HillyT said...

Your blanket is absolutely beautiful, as is your shawl. I'm off to look that one up on Ravelry!

Amy at love made my home said...

I like the colour of the yarn in your new project! Very pretty. xx

Kepanie said...

The blue and white are nice together. Your grand baby will be dressed so fine with his/her Nana spoiling him/her.

Janet said...

I love the Washi tape idea - I'll get some next week!

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