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Date: 7/4/04 12:54 PM

I was just wondering if anyone else is interested in looking at vintage hand- knit garments, and if you have come accross any websites with photos of vintage garments made up. I have lots of vintage knitting pattern magazines that I have collected over the years, and looking through them I have seen some wonderful vintage jackets, sweaters, etc. I know I saw a wonderful sweater that one of our PR members hand-knit that was in her photo album along with her PR reviews. I'm sorry, I can't remember who it was, but maybe there are others who are interested in finding some vintage knitting on the web. Thanks for any help.
~Debe

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Date: 7/6/04 10:52 AM

I would be interested in finding such websites as well.  At this point, I have one vintage pattern booklet and a recently published book, 'Vintage Knits' by Sarah Dallas who also contribute to Rowan magazines.  

I just stumbled upon these:
http://www.vintageknits.com/vintpat.html
http://www.vintagecat.com./5crochet.htm

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Date: 7/7/04 9:35 AM

Hi M&M,
Thanks for posting those links. I will have more time to look through them tonight, but they both look like what I was looking for. I have an old Vogue Knitting (Spring/Summer '97) that has an article with instructions on using a regular paper vogue sewing pattern and converting it to a knitting pattern. I just learned to scan and resize in my paint program, so I'll post the photo of the finished garment. Hope it works.

vogue knit to fit

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Date: 7/8/04 2:27 PM

Debe,

Sounds great, do show us when finished.  I just did something similar, actually.   I got obsessed with the idea of knocking off this sweater in January of this year.  After quite some time spent on looking for yarns and deciding on dimentions, which included measuring my favorite Burda patterns, I just finished  it  
over the holiday.  I think it turned out a bit looser than I intended.  If it were not mohair yarns, I could have undone and re-knit and mend what I am not satisfied with.  I might try once again using a different color sequence.  

This idea of using a sewing pattern to knit is fun and I recommend highly, provided the patterns are already tested.  Often times, knitted garments are very boxy, without much shaping.  After a while, it becomes boring to produce those boxes after boxes.

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Date: 7/8/04 3:26 PM

I just remembered this site with vintage looking garments:
White Lies Designs

You may like what she's got.

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Date: 7/8/04 4:32 PM

Wow M&M! You certainly do beautiful work! I love that sweater. I looked through your album and I'm so impressed. I just love the red cami, "Bergere de France". Gorgeous.
Thank you for the great link, too. Just what I need.. spending more time on the computer when I should be working!!
I was trying to think of what I could do on our vacation next month which will be traveling 1300 miles to visit my Dad (family reunion) in New Mexico in our truck/slide-in camper. I absolutely have to have something to do while my DH stops at every water hole, lake, river, stream,... to fish. :p

I thought maybe I could start on that retro sweater.

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Date: 7/9/04 11:50 AM

Debe - have your ever heard of a magazine called Piecework ?

It's really fabulous - their editorial focus is knitting, crochet, hand embroidery, and other types of handwork.  They have a both a western European focus as well as a global and ethnic focus.  Each issue has stories on historic types of needlework - each story also has a project based on the technique in the story - and they also reproduce many knitting and crochet books from the early 20th century.

It's a wonderful magazine - I highly recommend it - and it's the same caliber as Threads

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Date: 7/9/04 10:01 PM

Phyllis, Thank you. That does look like a great magazine. Every once in a while I get the urge to knit or crochet. My mom taught me to do both when I was about 10 or 11, although I didn't learn to follow a pattern until I was in my 20's. I can't be without something to do with my hands, so I can either bring quilting along or knitting or crochet. I have several quilts started, but they are all by machine and I have not been into quilting since I started visiting PR last year! I think I might order one of the magazines listed.

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Date: 7/13/04 8:47 AM

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I can't be without something to do with my hands,

..same here!  I learned to knit at about the same age, but I've never really devleoped much skill - and my fear is that I have so many sewing projects that if I started knitting again the pile of works-in-progress would get even higher.

One thing I like about things like knitting, smocking or embroidery is that it's more social and portable than sewing, which is such a solitary activity.  When we travel I usually bring a smocking or embroidery project because I also just about go nuts if I have nothing to do with my hands.

Knitting is huge right now in Boston - it's much nore popluar than sewing, and I think it's going to surpass quilting.

And I love all the new funky yarns - eyelash yarns and so forth - just too cool for words!

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Date: 7/13/04 12:40 PM

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my fear is that I have so many sewing projects that if I started knitting again the pile of works-in-progress would get even higher.

Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean, Phyllis! That's why I'm going to be taking a project (or 2 or 3) on our vacation. I know it's the only time I won't feel guilty about not listening to my sewing room "calling" me. I have found several projects I want to do. Some are knitting, some crochet, and some crossstitch. What's a girl to do??? :D  My 16 yr old is interested in learning to crochet some winter scarves and hats. What better time to teach her when I will have her full attention while Daddy is fishing?! The problem I see is going to be packing my projects in a  very condenced fashion so they won't be voted out when the camper gets packed for two weeks.  :p
We recently have a new yarn shop that opened in our little town. I have not visited yet, but plan to in the next few days. I'm sure I'll find some wonderful yarn to start with.

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