I am a sucker for vintage patterns even though, when you make them up as written, the armpits sit higher than a five-scoop ice cream cone. Honestly, how did women survive all those centuries with that kind of armpit restriction, let alone cook and clean?
So you can see how I would perk up when I stumbed across this book, titled Knitting Classic Style. It's everything you want in a knitting book - inspirational patterns, beautiful photography, and informative introductions. I did not know, for example, that the practice of layering a short-sleeved T over a long-sleeved T was begun by skateboarders. Apparently they were trying to show off their sponsors' logos as printed on short-sleeve Ts while protecting their arms from injury, but obviously they also knew a thing or two about cramped armpit-avoidance.
I'm finding it hard to go through the book and keep my hands on the pages... I keep looking up and noticing I'm simultaneously reading and walking down to the stash cupboard to see what would work for which garment. But here's the biggest shaming moment of all:
What I really like are the socks.
How is this possible? I bought a ton of Tanis Fiber Art Green Label Aran at a recent KnitFest specifically so I could make a sweater, and now all I can think of is what warm squishy socks it would make. I don't know what's come over me.