Monday, 18 October 2010

Is knitting good for you?

Is knitting good for you? Probably, but it's not good for your teeth if you chew your Aero needle like that. Maybe she's trying to give up smoking.

From Weldons Double Knitting for the Family, early 1950s:

"Is knitting good for you? Why do you knit? You want a new jersey? It's economical? Yes, but most of us knitters like knitting, too. The easy, regular movement is soothing and restful - provided we have the right materials. That's why so many prize-winners use Aero - the smooth grey needles, with long rounded points that won't split or soil even the lightest wool. Try Aero knitting needles yourself, and see what smooth professional results you get."

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

1960s knitted hat

Here's two chic knitted hats from the 1960s. The hat that the girl is wearing would make a great first project if you've never knitted in the round on four needles before. Knitting with four needles is the best way to make socks and gloves because you don't end up with an uncomfortable seam, but it can take some getting used to, especially if you only have two hands.

This hat is a good way to ease yourself into a four-needles state of mind as it is mostly built up on 2 needles before finishing off with just 10 rounds of four-needle excitement to shape the top.

Those were the days when a woolly hat was considered adequate head protection...

Monday, 4 October 2010

Friendly ghost

Love this little crochet amigurumi ghost from Lion Brand - the pattern is free if you sign up to their website.