Category: IMAGINE

Inspiration & Ideas

Playing Lessons

A long time ago, a knitter once asked me about “playing lessons” for knitting. I had no idea what playing lessons were.  She explained that the term comes from golfing, and a playing lesson is where you go out and actually play a round of golf with your teacher.  Since many people learn best by…

Show Stopper, Indeed

OK, I cannot resist posting this vintage gem – even though this is CROCHET, not knitting (and I think knitters all over the globe can all be thankful for that). I truly believe this picture deserves a better fate than being hidden away in an old book. The item originally appeared with this text: Show…

Vintage Knitting: 170 Years of Patterns for Downloading

The University of Southhampton has put nearly 300 books from its Knitting Reference Library online! The Knitting Reference Library (KRL) includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines. The material dates from 1840 to 2012. I’m already in love with…

Vintage Patterns for Classic Style

I love, love, LOVE old knitting books. Old VKs are a fave, but I’ll thumb through just about anything. (And I have the overflowing bookshelf in my studio to prove it.) Often you can find a stitch pattern, a silhouette, or a detail that will spark an idea.  Also, looking at vintage styles is a…