Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back Again, By Request.


The blog has been quiet, because there hasn't been a whole lot of happy news to report.

Sad news notwithstanding, at some point, one just has to get on with one's life.  At least, a little bit at a time.  In my case, I've resumed work on this knitting project, a re-creation of a vintage cardigan.

I had asked the legions of knitters on Ravelry if they had any insight into the origins of this garment.  Experts on vintage knitwear agreed that it was almost surely a bed-jacket, a garment that has been supplanted by the ubiquitous hoodie. 

Or perhaps the bed-jacket has been rendered obsolete by the use of central heating. 

Our little 1925 bungalow lacks central heating, which is not as dire as it sounds.  We bundle up with wool, and are saving our pennies for an eventual upgrade.  No central heat in Northern California is not the same as no central heat in most of the rest of the country.

I'm amused by the photos on this booklet of knitting patterns.  I imagine the model on the left is sniffing eau-de-cologne, but it does rather looks like she's about to take a swig out of her flask bottle of gin.

The picture on the right is quite similar to what I'm knitting. The lace pattern seems to be the same, and the yoke shares characteristics with my garment.

What's interesting to me is that the yarn companies that published these patterns would apparently recycle these patterns.  A pattern published in the 1930s or 1940s might re-surface in the 1950s or 1960s.   In fact, the name of the pattern that most resembles my project goes by the name "Back Again, By Request."

Back Again.


K said...

I'm very sorry to hear you've had unhappy news. I do hope things look up for you. Here's a hug from your imaginary friend in the South. HUGS!

Cherry Darling said...

I've only just discovered your blog and am very sorry to hear that you have had unhappy news in your world. On the bright side your cardigan is absolutely lovely. Did you have the pattern, or make it up yourself? You are right that not having central heating in California is very different than other places. My heart skipped a beat when you said you didn't have heat. I live in Alaska, if our heat goes out it is an emergency and must be fixed fast. Even with all heating working, it's not uncommon to put on an extra layer in the evenings. This cardigan would be perfect.

She Knits in Pearls


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