Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Historic hats and other knitted things

I joined HistoricKnit at Yahoo! Groups a while back and absolutely love it: I studied history in university but never got the perspective you do from the craft angle.

Yesterday, some kind member mentioned that Interweave Press has reprinted many volumes of Weldon's Practical Needlework from the turn of the last century, with a decade or two margin on either side. My knitting shelf is getting tighter but judging by the reviews on Amazon, I might need to make space for some of these.

While hunting through Amaz0n's listings to learn more, I found this reprint of an actual issue from 1919. Check out the 1920s hat! It's gorgeous but I'm trying to figure out how you'd be able to see, which is nothing new when I look at a cloche-style thing. I've come up with another theory about them, apart from focusing attention on a girl's lips. If it was super dusty all the time, maybe a low hat like this would protect your eyes?

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