After more than 50 years of living in the same house, my grandmother is moving. It’s a good thing, as she’ll be closer to family, friends, and church, but sorting through that much history is quite a challenge. I’ve been lucky enough to inherit a few treasures along the way, including a stack of vintage knitting magazines. Some are pretty outdated and hilarious, but the ’94 Vogue had an incredibly modern-looking group of stranded colorwork patterns. There was also a super cute baby collection (right on top in the photo there) with knit and crochet buntings, sweaters, and blankets. I’m thinking of working up one of them for a pregnant friend! As I was working my way through the pile, I came across a gem — the premier issue of Knitter’s Magazine. I didn’t know it, but the magazine started in 1984, the same as me! It’s an awesome window back in time with ads from Tahki and Brown Sheep, subscriptions for only $7, and an interview with Elizabeth Zimmerman. Score! I’m setting it aside as a possible reference source for my TKGA Level 3 masters.
In the meantime, I’ve been hard at work on new patterns and samples. . . they’re not quite ready yet, but you’ll be hearing about them soon. Promise! We’re gearing up for our Hanne Falkenberg knitalong at the shop, so I’m also working on my Mermaid. It’s modified to be knit without a seam at the back neck, and I wanted to be ready with the pattern fresh in my mind to help answer any questions. These sweaters look really intimidating, but the simplicity of the garter stitch texture and the rather intuitive shaping make them a surprisingly relaxing knit. It’s become my TV project, and my go-to knitting when I’m too tired to do anything else. And it’s growing. Fast! I can’t wait to wear it with a pair of jeans later this fall!