Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Vintage Patterns

On the day of our party, Becca and Troy did not arrive empty handed. Troy's mom has been cleaning out their basement and had found some pattern books and craft things that she wasn't sure what to do with. I told her that I would be more than happy to take them off her hands.

Troy carried in a big bag of fabric, sewing patterns, and knitting books. I think I'm going to have to knit something for their BABY out of these books. Here are my favourites:

Beehive for Bairns and Lady Galt:

Beehive for Bairns & Lady Galt

Beehive for Bairn's was printed during World War II:

Beehive for Bairns

If you look at the paragraph on the bottom of the page, you'll see that they are apologizing for their paper quality and promise to return to their "prewar standards" as soon as possible.

Beautiful blankets:

Beehive for Bairns

I didn't know that patonized wool became available in the mid-1900s, did you? Look how happy the clothes are with their patonization:

Beehive for Bairns

This is from the Lady Galt book:

From Lady Galt Book

Does this sweater remind anyone else of the February sweater?

From Lady Galt Book

Oh, and I'm incredibly excited about the possibilities presented by these vintage Patons books:

Patons books

I'm really looking forward to my career in knitting...

The Coveted Ribbed Helmet




  1. Please leave the pompon off the balaclava if you're thinking of robbing a bank.

    Also, is that sweet little yellow coif on the Beehive winter headgear booklet the same one that Brainylady Alison made?

  2. I agree with Jodi - looks familiar!

    I would think the nose strip on the balaclava would get a bit gross on cold days (snot trap?).

  3. How tight a gauge do you have to knit to end up with a knitted helmet?

  4. love the vintage patterns. i have quite a collection myself from my grandmother and her sisters.
    jodi is right - the pompom would be an identifying feature on your balaclava... everytime i see balaclavas i think "stalking" hat.

  5. YEEESSSS!!!! I have the crazy winter headwear one too!!! Isn't it AWESOME!!!!?????

  6. Anonymous5:20 p.m.

    I just bought the Winter Headwear pamphlet booklet today!

    Lucky you for getting it free.

    My mother is sure of what she does with her old pattern booklets - she insists on throwing them out. Even with me standing there pleading with her - to at least throw them in my direction.

    Happy knitting,
    janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca

  7. Anonymous5:13 p.m.

    Hi Steph,
    Tammy just showed me your blog and I wanted to let you know that I have the same knittig books: Beehive for Bairns and Lady Galt. They belonged to Tammy's grandmother Stevenson. Huh! Nice to see it online.

    Great blog!

    Linda (Tammy's mom)