I love old knitting patterns and parifinalia. I have a cupboard full of it, or rather should have a cupboard full of it. Somehow the cupboard is empty (actually it's full of all sorts of other useless stuff) and all my vintage knitting bits and bobs are all over the rest of the house, my studio, in my backpack and handbag....well you get the picture.....
I also have about a gazillion half finished and planned but not executed vintage knitting projects. If you have ever done any vintage knitting, you will know that it is usually done with very fine wool on small gauge needles and can take a VERY LONG TIME to get that lovely smooth tailored look that makes knitwear from bygone times so appealing. For a flibbergibbit like myself, who flits from project to project and often has a dozen different things on the go at once, this can be VERY challanging.
This week I finally got sick of not being able to find what I wanted without a four hour jungle trek through tangled balls of wool and pointy things to find it and began to sort and organise my collection.
I have also sorted all my wool and parifinalia into bags, boxes and projects. I now have an organised collection of things to do, complete with materials and pattern/needles etc to see each project through to completion.
Now this may take me much longer to complete, but the lovely blue knitted piece that I have started above will eventually be something like the cardi pictured below. I found the picture in an Australian ladies magazine from the early 1950's. I'm going to attempt to recreate it using this lovely blue 4ply and some fine vintage needles.