Anyway - enough of my spending related guilt. The item I have to show you today was an absolute steal at just £2.99 on eBay. It screamed 70's from the photograph which can only explain why noone else bid on it. Noone else bid on it twice in fact, as the first time I missed it due to an eBay, iPhone related cock up. mutterbloodytechnologymuttermutter.
Looking at the description I quickly saw that this was a 70's book of revisited vintage patterns from 1920-1940. I had to take a punt on that!
Well, this little marvel arrived today and I could not be happier. It was indeed published in the 70's, 1979 though, so it isn't quite as old as it's new owner. Amusingly the publisher was Mills and Boon, yes, that's right, Mills and Boon - the famous publisher of risque short novels for bored housewives. I can just imagine the former owner sitting on the settee next to her increasingly beige husband, knitting up a 1939 sweater and dreaming of it being removed by a dark and brooding hero from a wartime romance...sigh.
This is a great little book, the title "Knitting 20's and 30's originals" by Nancy Vale, and includes - oh the joy - patterns to knit up with DK yarn. The book includes both the revisited patterns and some originals. There are lots of wonderful illustrations and also photos of most of the patterns knit up.
Nancy clearly had a real passion (heh heh heh) for this era and writes floridly about her adoration of the period.
My only criticism is that some of the vintage patterns are used merely as illustration and the instructions are therefore not complete. Still - there is enough here to keep me happy!
Enjoy the photos - 70's does 30's - it's official!
Neither, nor Baby Gene like this ladies brown waistcoat and unstyled hair.
Loving this DK Tyrolean number. I'm definitely making this soon.
Right - I'm off to do some actual knitting for a change.