My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

People Knitting

Another fun book!

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This is People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine. The title describes it pretty well: it is a collection of photos of people knitting from the 1860s through to the 1960s. Mostly these are regular, everyday people, with a few celebrities thrown in to the mix.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press on October 4, 2016, this is a small format (5″ x 7.75″) hardcover book that would be a fun addition to your library, or a delightful holiday gift for the knitter on your list.

There is an index at the back of the book that consists of a thumbnail of each photo with its identifying information.

There is a short Vimeo video that flips through the book here.

Some of my favorite photos:

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This fellow is a taxicab driver in London ca. 1940, knitting between fares.

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This adorable image is from 1939 and is housed in the Shetland Museum and Archives

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This image is identified as a Seattle woman knitting while walking, ca. 1918. I like this photo because she looks so self-assured and happy, and also because she bears a resemblance to my paternal grandmother.

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And this is knitting for the forces at the beauty salon, London, 1940. You have to love some good multi-tasking!

There are a few photos that I had seen before in other places, but most of these are new to me. There are also a few reproductions of knitting related posters, greeting cards, etc. And a quote about knitting here and there. Like this one from Emily Post from “Etiquette and the War” published in the New York Times, May 17, 1943:

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Excellent advice, yes?

The publisher kindly sent me two copies so I could keep one and give one away. So, who’d like a copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Loki will draw a winner at that time.

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“May I help you?”


On Thursday I finished the sweet little baby dress I showed a couple of blog posts ago.

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Isn’t it sweet? The pattern is the Muti Dress, from Taiga Hilliard Designs. The yarn is KnitPicks Comfy Fingering in the “Flamingo” colorway. I used about 1.75 skeins.

A close-up of the little bodice:

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And the back — it is fastened with a single button at the back neck.

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The lace pattern around the hem mirrors the pattern on the bodice.

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This was a very fun project. The pattern was well-written and easy to follow. It is written in a wide range of sizes, too. I can file it away for future reference, should I have the need to knit a gift for another baby girl.

Have a great Sunday, everyone. Here is our plan for the day:

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Slightly Different


Today I have a slightly different type of book to review — I guess you could call it a history book: This is Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader, published by the University of Chicago Press. On right now it […]

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And Now For Something New!


Loki has spoken! He has chosen Karla Wigley as the lucky recipient of my review copy of Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein. I’ve got a stack of books still left to review, so be sure to come back for more chances to win for great books! On Friday night I finished this […]

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Creature Feature


I have another book to review: This is Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein, It has patterns for 29 adorable creatures, and each one starts with a knitted square. Add some further knitted pieces and embellishments and you have some really charming toys! You can preview all these cuties on Ravelry, […]

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