Posts Written On July 2013

Our Boys Need Sox – Knit Your Bit

There has not been a lot of quilting going on recently at Q is for Quilter, because I have been obsessed with learning how to knit socks.  Even though there is still lots more to learn,  I think I have mastered the basic sock pattern, and want to attempt some more elaborate designs.  I’m having a lot of fun with it.


I bought this October, 1941 Ladies Home Journal magazine on Etsy, and spent several happy hours using Photoshop to clean and repair the adorable cover image.  Here is a quote from an article on the National WWII Museum web site:

The Red Cross supplied patterns for sweaters, socks, mufflers, fingerless mitts (which allowed soldiers to keep their hands warm while shooting), toe covers (for use with a cast), stump covers and other garments. Cold, wet, sore feet were the enemy as surely as German or Japanese troops. Socks wore out much faster than sweaters, and needed changing many times more frequently. These were to be knitted in olive drab or navy blue wool yarn. Surviving patterns show that these knitting patterns were typed and retyped with carbon-paper copies and shared among the knitters. Many knitters chose to knit the same item in the same size again and again so that they could memorize the pattern and produce pieces more quickly.

Ravelry has a free pattern for the Red Cross men’s sock, first published in Modern Priscilla magazine in 1917 (original instructions plus a modern translation).  Although the pattern is WWI era, it is the same basic design used for the WWII sock.  Do you think the Red Cross also supplied those cute knitting bags?  I want one!



Walker’s Hot iron Transfers #102 – Children’s Wear Designs

When I wrote a post about these patterns in 2010, I linked to images of the transfers on my Flickr page.  Since I’ve deleted my Flickr account, I thought I should make them available again on my blog.

These are numo transfers with raised blue dots that are one use only. Because some of the dots were brittle and the ink was flaking off, I decided scan the transfers and redraw all of the dots in Photoshop.  The process took a long time, but it felt good to save the designs from these very old patterns, although I think some of them are odd choices for children’s clothing.

Click on the gallery picture to enlarge the images (they are smallish).  There are a few more transfers from this group in the earlier post.



A Crocheted Bag For My Sock Yarn

Okay . . . I know I said I was going to post something quilty, but for the past few weeks I’ve been knitting socks as well as making quilts.  My son’s girlfriend, Cirilia Rose, is an amazing knitter and knit designer who works as the Creative Director for the Skacel Collection.  She has inspired me to take up knitting again, which is something I haven’t done since I was a teenager.

Cirilia suggested I start with socks, and I’m so happy I did.  She gave me everything I needed to get started — double pointed needles in every size imaginable and skeins of beautiful sock yarn — plus she loaned me a bunch of books on knitting all kinds of socks.  For me, hand knit socks are perfect because they are quick to knit, don’t take much yarn, and they’re both pretty and practical. Socks also make a great portable project requiring only a skein of yarn and some double pointed needles.  And gifts — who wouldn’t love a pair of cozy, hand-knitted socks.

Right in the middle of my second pair of socks, it dawned on me that I really wanted a special bag to hold my knitting.  I thought of Lucy’s crocheted bag tutorial on her blog (Attic24), and I remembered that I had a bunch of small skeins of tapestry yarn that I thought just might work.  The colors were a little weird, and not nearly as coordinated as Lucy’s yarn selection, but I was determined to use what I already had on hand.  The look I was going for was something like the roundish, multi-colored, woven basket type bag with leather handles that I had in my hippie days.  I decided to leave off the scalloped edging and flowers on Lucy’s pattern, but I added a lining in a 70’s reproduction print.  Because the bag was kind of floppy at the top (and had a tendency to roll up), I attached some heavy interfacing to the edge of the lining which really helped.  I guess I should have made a knitted bag instead of crocheted, but I’m only knitting socks (at least for now).






Poster Picture Book to color — Peter Mabie, 1934

At first I was just going to scan and clean my favorite pictures from this coloring book, but I had such a difficult time choosing among them, that I have decided to do the whole book.  I’m about halfway through the 96 pages now, so I’ll take a little break from this activity, and hopefully have something quilt related to show you next time.  Other illustrations from the Poster Picture Book are located here and here.

Poster Picture Book to color
Peter Mabie, illustrator
Whitman Publishing, 1934