A Handknit Romance - Jennie Atkinson

November 30, 2011

This just screams 20ies Romance!
A little while ago, when I received the 'Jane austen knits'-magazine, I spotted an advertisment in there. Now normally I don't pay attention to the advertisements in magazines. But this one, given the styling (and the pagelong advertising) caught my eye.

'A handknit romance' is a book by Jennie Atkinson, and covers knitwear inspired by the 1900-1930ies!! Which is great because the pre-war era fashion is sometimes a bit shadowed by the more popular 40's, 50's and 60's. I do believe the book also includes some 1940's pieces (which we all know I don't mind ;) I'm especially excited about seeing some 20's inspired garments. I thougth it a bit of a pitty the vol 2 of A stitch n time doesn't cover anything earlier then the 30's (Like vol 1) But instead we got the 50's, though it's not my favourite period-fashion like, I can't really complain ;)

The book will contain 22 patterns and is due in February. Seeing the pictures that are already out there from a Handknit Romance I can hardly wait!!

You might know Jennie Atkinson, as she designs frequently for the Rowan magazines and vogue. She has written one book, Romantic style/Beads, Buttons and Lace (same book, different name) which I believe is quite popular. However I don't own it myself so I can't really tell much about it.

Anyway I'm very excited for this book to be published, the pictures I've seen so far a stunning and I can't wait to see more!

This is the advertisement. You may notice that it says "Fourties patterns", but in all other previews it says 1900's - 1930's

 All pictures belong to Jennie Atkinson & Interweave

Diy Christmas presents

November 25, 2011

So this year's Christmas is not going to be such a big celebration as it used to be. However its the perfect time to think about crafty presents. Because nothing says "I love you" like a handmade present! Past years I too have had fun thinking about what presents I could make myself for various person. I have been seeing some glimpses on other blogs of handmade presents, and just because I won't be making a whole lot of them myself this year I can still think about what would be good ideas right?

In my opinion good Chrismast presents are cute, funny little projects. Things you can make in a relative small amount of time. Because let's face it: in a life in which a whole heap of things deserve your attention (and a queue of "projets to make" as long as mine) there is little time left to knit a jumper for everyone you know.

So here's a short list of Christmas-gifts to knit and craft:

Elegant coat gloves - Vintage gifts to knit

Little fox- Tiny owl knits. He's just so cute! And no doubt fun to make!

Chawton mittens - Jane austen knits

Sweet little lights by Hey Gorgeous

Lightweight Infinity Scarf by Simply Dove
Traditional 'Theodóra' doll by Helene Magnusson would be very cute for kids!

Not really winter-season: Baby Boy Sandals (although I'd imagine you can easily modify this for a bigger boy)

So, do you have plans to craft for christmas? What and for whom? I'm knitting just one Christmas-present, but at least that gives me the opportunity to make it perfect... Crossing my fingers that the receivers agrees! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Under the weather

November 22, 2011

I have been feeling a bit under the weather the past week, was down with a fever. So I weaponed myself with a blanket, a pile of books and a few movies. I don't know about you but when I'm down with a cold I have trouble with concentrating on basically anything. Now I'm feeling better. Just had a bit of a rough start of the week, lots to do and tiredness have ruled my Monday and Tuesday. I'm going to reward myself by looking at pretty yarn for the rest of the evening...oh and sleep ofcourse ;)

♥  Books ♥

Will be back with more interesting things to say later this week.


A stitch in time vol 2

November 17, 2011

This post contains spoilers! So if you haven't received the book yet and want to keep things a surprise, don't read!!

My cat was very interested in my package, I honestly had to make a few pictures
and this was the only one without a cat in front of the camera!
So I haven't been on ravelry much lately... Because I was waiting on ASIT2! Many patterns were allready uploaded, but I didn't want to see them untill the book arrived... which was at the beginning of this week! It wasn't shipped with my usual postal service, so I no idea when/whatday/whattime it would arrive. So instead of the regular 19'oclock my doorbell rang at half past eight in the morning.
It was a heavily wrapped package, and inside I found two discount vouchers (Thank you Susan!), a cloth project bag (Thank you Susan!) but more importantly, a two-kilogram, 400-page, hardcover book containting 80x2 vintage knitting patterns (THANK YOU SUSAN!!).

This beautiful jumper is called "One never tires of ribbing".
Slight problem is, I do tire of ribbing so fast...
About the book: It's hard-cover printed on ecological paper with vegetable-based ink. I think it's an improvement on the first book, as it's much more durable. Holding the book really feels like holding a sacred knitting-bible. Also noted, the reason according to Susan why she chose the postal service was also ecological. So basically, it's a vintage-ECO-knitting book. Perfect!

There are some chapters about finishing, vintage fit and some other info. Throught which I learned that my body type is most "suitable" for (late) 40's clothing. Which is great since it's my favorite period!

♥ Fair Isle Jumper & Cardigan twinset. ♥
The styling of the book and the garments is magnificant. Being on ravelry and following the blog of Susan Crawford, I've followed her and her team though the whole process and know how difficult and tiredsome it was for them at some points. I'm sure though that they couldn't have been more proud with the end result.

One little thing that I really liked about the first book was that with each garment the knitters name was included. In my opinion that was one of the things that showed me it was really a project by knitters. They left that out in this book due to the modisty of some of the knitters I've understood, but I do hope Susan & co are going to restore that in further books by them!

If you know the background of the book and everybody working on it, you still see how much everybody is involved. The models aren't just random people 'ordered from a catalogue', but are all people who themselves are very active in the vintage and/or knitting scene. For example Fleur de Guerre, model for a stitch in time vol 1, who runs the famous diary of a vintage girl blog.

The book itself is packed with beautiful garments representing the 30's, 40's and 50's. The beautiful Theodora has returned to be a model for this volume as well as the two models from vintage gifts to knit. You can find pictures of the patterns here, or on raverly.

The Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper
(which is, indeed, a cardigan)
There are so many patterns I want to knit from this book! It really is a problem, because I can't make a decision on which to start first! (not to mention my enourmeous queue of things I already plan on making) I tried to make a list to pin it down to five, and choose one of those but all of the sudden whoops...I had more than 15 patterns on my list! Now how did that happen? Some of my favourites include: Trimmed with Roses twinset , Charming Neckline, Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper, Plaid Jacket and Cap, Colourful Winter Sports Outfit and....and...

Next step is ofcourse choosing the yarn! Some of the patterns are knitted in Excelana. The new yarn brand by Susan Crawford, and is discribed as Vintage yarn for fashion lovers. I've been meaning to try the yarn, I mean who wouldn't with such a briliant tag line. However the colours I had my eye on were a bit different seeing them knitted up in the book then I had imagined. Since there are no yarnstores nearby (make that not even in my country) that carries the yarn I can't check it out in real life. Thi summer they'll bring an 3 ply weight yarn on the market which is unique in the world of knitting so I am pretty excited about that.

A Stitch In Time trailer, shot on a photoshoot for the book. By Scott Willis. Pictures above belong to Susan Crawford, except for the first picture.

If you've been thinking about buying the book, but aren't sure: I can really recommend it.
So what are you're favourite patterns? Have you unlike me been able to choose a pattern to start with? Tell me tell me!! ;)


Weekend round up

November 06, 2011

Just a little post of what I was up to this weekend....

Knitting on new projects:

Even though new patterns are on it's way to the treehouse I've started a few new projects, and by the coming of the next weekend I'll probably have started a few more. Have you noticed that the past few weeks lot's of great pattern books have been published? Obviously I'm very excited about A stitch in time 2, but Scarlet, the new Kim hargreaves book and Jane Austen Knits, an interweave production have triggered my enthusiasm as well!

 Took pictures of some of my stash.

 And got some help from Thijm-cat 

Convincing myself that it's fall, though the weather it actually quite nice for this time of the year!

And watching the start of the speed skating season. It's like one of the biggest sports where I live! Interesting National Championship: lot's of unexpected wins ánd losses.

I'm so excited for the coming week! Susan, author of a stitch in time 1 & 2, said the new book would probably arrive in Europe this week!!! I can't wait! They're adding the patterns to ravelry and you can find a lot pictures on her site. I'm delibrately not looking at those sites, to maximize the joy of unpacking my own book when it arrives!

What have you done this weekend? Are you looking forward to something? 


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