A Stitch in Time

On Friday I said I would reveal the identity of the person hiding in the wool pile today, (see previous post) but, oh no, I’ve gone and left her at my Mum’s house this weekend so she is unavailable for a photo shoot!  Drat!

Well, while she finds her way back home, here’s something else instead.

Hooray! My copy of the new Susan Crawford knitting book ‘A Stitch in Time’ arrived this week.

I’ve been waiting for this forever; I pre-ordered it before publication what seems like a year ago, and publication was delayed and delayed.  But at last it’s arrived.  It’s a monster volume and full of lovely vintage knitting patterns from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, all adapted for today’s yarns and knitting methods.

The projects are labours of love as most of them are knitted in 4ply, so they will take a long time to complete.  I’d never get to the end of this knitted pinafore, though I might have a go at the jumper.

I think this one is my favourite

or this one


Fortunately both choices are summery so I have a long time to get them done!

Take a look at what other people have been up to over on Handmade Monday


About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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14 Responses to A Stitch in Time

  1. RosMadeMe says:

    What fabulous designs… takes me back to times when sweaters were knitted in 16s and 14s and took forever to make 🙂

    • madebyewe says:

      yep, I reckon these will take forever too. I am currently carrying around a cardigan I’ve planned to knit for 2 years. I am knitting a few rows here and there, in the car, and at odd moments – it is actually growing so I think that will be the way to go for any projects from this book too. x

  2. Caroline says:

    I love Vintage and these designs are stunning

  3. Wendy says:

    What a lovely book – so different! These are projects to get your teeth into!

  4. Jill says:

    How gorgeous is the first one – fabulous sleeves

  5. Mrs A. says:

    The red stripe jumper has my vote though I think if I ever made it I would change the collar on it slightly. Hugsd Mrs A.

  6. redneedle says:

    What a great book! I love your fave too, is that the one you’re going to do first?

  7. Jam Dalory says:

    Those look great, I like the cardigan in the bottom photo. Looks like you’re going to be busy for a while though with all those designs to choose from! x

  8. Susie says:

    This reminds me, I have 2 knitting machines sitting (have had the one for about 25 years and have never used it, the other was my Mom’s and I got it when she passed away, she used it a lot). I should learn to use at least one of them. I wonder if somewhere I could take classes….

  9. Fantastic photo’s in the book, knitwear can be so stylish, looking forward to seeing your finished items, I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

    Jan x

  10. Charters says:

    Interesting blog, my favourite pattern is the one you also like. Of course, you’d have to have the hat as well!

  11. Dreamstar says:

    Love the red striped top, didnt even realise it was knitted at first. Lovely book for you

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