The Washerwoman

Friday, 8 January 2010

Vintage knitwear, I love it!

I have always loved vintage knitwear, and in the past couple of years I have been fortunate enough to find somebody to make certain items to compliment the range of vintage winter clothing that I sell ....

A lovely lady makes the fingerless mittens.

Then I discovered a lady who makes vintage style scarves. She used to own a wool shop - so uses "old stock" to make these beauties for charity.

The berets are knitted by another lady who lives locally, she uses an old 40's pattern & makes a variety of styles. A percentage of the money for these goes to the British Red Cross.

All I need now is somebody to knit some jumpers, I have a huge stash of vintage patterns to work from.


tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi Lizzie, love the knits! I have been looking for ages for what I call an "Enid Blyton" fairisle v-necktank top for Michael, I think one would really suit him!
p.s. I hope the Dairy House is coming on?

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Lizzie,
The first photo caught my eye as it features in a book I have by Sarah Dallas called Vintage Knits, the amazon link is below.
Anyway, like you, I love vintage style knitwear and apart from this book I collect patterns from charity shops. I've made several things over the years! I've got some knitting planned from the Sarah Dallas book for the next few months - just need to find the right wool !
Hope you are well and enjoying yourself,
Happy Days,
Denise x

Linda said...

Love your blog ! great design , interesting ,fun just brilliant
xxxxx Lindi

Floss said...

What a brilliant idea. I found some real vintage knitting at my PILs' this Christmas, but of course the moths had got to it (it was a pair of knitted toys, in fact). So to start afresh with the patterns is marvelous.

I have had another moment of hand-knitted envy today, as I was in the charity shop where one of the workers collects up all the wools that come in and makes squares blankets. I honestly could buy every one of them, but perhaps that would be greedy...

Mona Vara said...

Good luck with finding someone to knit those jumpers for you.
I really like the picture you have in your header.
Best wishes,

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Tracey, the Dairy House was looking good last time I saw it.. not been able to go anywhere for DAYS....... I will let you know if I find any tank tops suitable for Michael. Lizzie x

Sal said...

Oh know a lot of knitting ladies!
I love the berets!
I am not a great knitter so won't offer to knit the jumpers!!

Mona Vara said...

Wow I can't believe that beautiful old shed is right there on your land. Lucky you! Birdie

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Liz

I'm amazed you don't knit the jumpers in between all the Fairs, decorating, washing and sorting and pricing!!!!!!!!!!

Sue xx

MelMel said...

those 40's style sweaters are fab!
Cor I'd love one of those in a lovely green the land girls....great blog..x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Liz,
A great post - I love the old knitting patterns from the 40's and 50's too and the designs are often so wearable today...just wish I could knit to a better degree...
(Although I am reminded of those knitted men's underpants and vest that Sue had a pattern for at the V&H - hysterical and not something I would wish to tackle!)

Keep warm! (in vintage woolies of course!)
Niki x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Meant to say! Also loved the photo of your snowy barn...I think I have a photo of it somewhere when the wisteria was in full flower.
N x

BusyLizzie said...

Thanks Niki, sitting here wrapped up in a vintage woollie that I bought from Angela (there's a lady who can knit!) Happy memories of the barn wrapped in Wisteria rather than snow! Lizzie x

OhSoVintage said...

Great patterns. I used to do a lot of knitting but haven't knitted anything for years. I regret giving away all my odd balls of wool now as they would be great for 2 ply berets, gloves etc.