This has been one hard, cold, tiring day. Really. Here in the good ole Midwest, we are suffering with below zero temperatures (-6° F but feels like -20° F with the windchill. That’s -21/-28° C). We were warned on the news this morning that skin exposed to the cold air for 10(!) minutes would be subject to frostbite!
Then, I’ve spent my whole day working in one of my studio classes. (It’s an all-day class.) Needless to say, I was beat.
So, when I checked my mailbox and found a cardboard sleeve with a sticker that said “Royal Mail” on the corner, my heart skipped ten beats. You have to understand that for a little American girl, a package from England is like the be all and end all.
I have been expecting this package for some time and I was beginning to give up hope of ever seeing it. It is so fitting that it arrived today.
My English mystery package was an impressively fat, vintage knitting and crochet “Bible” that I purchased with the last of my Christmas money. It’s called A Stitch In Time and was authored by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford. I am terribly happy with how big it is. It measures 8 1/4 in. by 11 3/4 in. and it’s nearly an inch thick!
I found out about this little gem because of the Diary of a Vintage Girl blog. The lovely writer is a model, and she modeled many of the sweaters (or jumpers – I just love that word) for this re-creation book. Here’s a link to her post about it, complete with buying instructions: Knitty Gritty
The book is gorgeous, honestly and truly. It’s worth buying for the spectacular photography alone. I knew the minute I saw it I was going to have to learn to knit (I’m a crocheter, but somehow the joys of knitting have always eluded me). I was right. The patterns for vintage sweaters are so exciting, I’m just dying to get out those knitting needles and try, try again.
Aside from the new photographs of the sweaters, bathing suits, gloves, purses, belts and lingerie, A Stitch In Time also has copies of the original vintage patterns before each new, revised pattern, with the original photographs. It’s divided into 5 sections spanning the golden years of fashion: 1920-49. At the beginning of every new section, the authors have a short essay about the fashion of each particular year span.
Look at this cute little card that was slipped between the pages of the book:
What a day-maker!