The very lucky winner of the Offhand bag giveway is Irene M of Staten Island, NY. Enjoy the bag!
On designer/historian Kate Davies’ lovely blog, “A Brief History of British Socks“. If you knit – or heck, wear! – socks, this is a fascinating read.
Speaking of history, love this: Artlab Australia, the South Australian Museum and the Adelaide City Council have just launched the ‘Sir Douglas Mawson Balaclava Knitting Pattern‘.
Scientist and adventurer Douglas Mawson’s is well-known in Australia for this epic adventures in the Antarctic in the early 20th Century. His ongoing contribution to science in South Australia have ensured his place in the history books. There is an iconic image of Mawson wearing a knitted balaclava, and it was used on the first Australian $100 note. The original balaclava is now part of the collection of the South Australian Museum. It’s hand-knit….
and is clearly a one-off, hand knitted from a variety of different colours of grey and blue flecked wools, the crown even featuring a small amount of pink mixed. The stripes are random and without pattern – such as you might expect if you were using up scraps from your wool bag – and although it follows the general shape of many of the balaclava patterns available before WWII the ribbing is an unusual 7 stitches wide.
And to celebrate two historical milestones – the 100th year of submarines in Australia and the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ visit down under – the Murray Arts Centre in Holbrook, New South Wales, Australia is yarnbombing a submarine. In yellow. Of course.
And then just went you thought it couldn’t get any better, the article explains that when the yarnbombing is taken down, the pieces are going to be donated to a local dog shelter to be used for dog blankets.
Terrific eye-candy: online vintage shopping site has listed some 1930s vintage knitting pattern booklets for sale. Whether you’re shopping or not, the photos are excellent.