I'm running for the finish line on the centre panel with 34 repeats [of 40] completed!
And now for the Wedding Rhyme Game. I started this game so I'd better set some rules!
- The object must be yarn related.
- "old" is relative but I'm thinking anything older than DD who will be 23 in April. After all, life before DD seems like a long time ago, back in the "olden days"! In fact, the day after my 21st birthday one of my students said: "Mrs Too Hot To Knit, back in the olden days when you were a little girl..."; so obviously 21 is old!
- "new" can be new to the owner, even if it's not brand-new!
- "borrowed" is something that doesn't actually belong to me although it is now in my possession
- "blue" - something that is mostly blue or nearly blue; heck, this is a game - if I say it's blue, it's blue! LOL
So, here we go:
This is the oldest pattern I own, in the sense that it is the beginning of my pattern collection. It's the first full garment I ever knitted [mum did the v-neck and sleeve openings and sewed it together but who's counting?] Mine was aqua blue with white stripes and I was very proud of it. I still had it when I started teaching several years later - I wonder what became of it? I probably became tired of it and gave it to charity.
But the vest pattern isn't the oldest pattern in my possession, I borrowed this one from my MIL when I was pregnant with DD and it was bought for one of her children [WM is the eldest] so it is at least 43 years old.
I remember borrowing Kaffe Fassett's "Glorious Colour" from the local library many years ago and being stunned by what I saw. Here was someone who bent the rules [he even knots his yarns!!] - a far cry from my experience of one colour jumpers [except the striped 'Dolly' jumper I had as a teenager in the early seventies]. I had to own this book! I was inspired and even designed and knitted my own gloriously coloured jumper [I'll save that for another post]. In terms of publishing, this is the oldest hardcover book in my collection but it is not the book I've owned the longest.
That honour goes to this book. I bought this about 28 years ago when SIL#1 was pregnant with the first grandchild in the family. I knitted a lemon cardigan but it may have been too girly - it had lace panels as I recall! I certainly never saw nephew #1 in that cardigan. I still use this book occasionally - I knitted a cardigan from it in 2007-2008. This view shows the back cover - I scanned the wrong page!
Have to go - it's nearly 1:30pm and I haven't even finished one repeat! More 'old' tomorrow!