A week or two ago I had an email from a great online friend, Michele, asking me whether I would be interested in giving two of her husband’s aunt’s 1940s and ’50s knitting books a good home. Would I ever?!
In the post they came, and look what wonderful treasures they are too. One is ‘The Knitters Craft’ by James Norbury, with a personal inscription dated 1951.
There are some wonderful colour plates included, and also my favourite ‘outsize’ knitwear model, often seen modelling garments for ‘matrons’.
The second is ‘Knitted Garments for All’ Jane Koster & Margaret Murray. It is not dated on the back pages as my other Odhams editions are, but Michele and I both think from the text & style that they are probably from just after the War. There is still the stress on ‘using up every scrap of wool’ with recycling old jumpers & clothes getting its own chapter, which is described as ‘showing you how to give a new lease of life to all those knitteds you resigned yourselves to giving up as hopeless.’ The instructions for the fair isle mittens below encourage the knitter to use as many colours as they need in order not to waste any wool at all.
Thank you, Michele and Barbara for such a lovely gift. They will be given a good home and will be used as they were meant when first published.