Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

12
May

Famous Knits: Mad Men Favorites

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits

How about that second-to-last episode, guys? It’s not a secret that Mad Men is one of my favorite shows on television. (I named my first sweater pattern after one of my favorite episodes). I’m gearing up for a real cry-fest in anticipation of the final episode. What will I do once it’s gone?

One of my favorite things about the show’s ruthless attention to detail are Janie Bryant’s amazing costumes. If you’re a Mad Men obsessive like me, you are reading Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style every Wednesday to delve into the visual clues Janie is giving us through period clothing alone.

I thought I’d go back through the seasons and pick out a few of my favorite pieces of knitwear. This post will contain spoilers. Maybe you should get watching!

Helen Bishop’s Cardigan
I’ve been in love with Helen Bishop’s mustard cardi since it appeared in the first season. It’s a great piece with little garter stitch texture throughout. I think this ginger needs to borrow some of Helen’s style.
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Peggy’s Mary Tyler Moore Hat
Tom and Lorenzo have pointed out that this hat is an ironic reference to Mary Tyler Moore Show’s opening credits. I love it and I love Pegs.
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Betty’s Colorwork Sweater
Remember this gem Betty wore in this pivotal episode? It looks like it might be handmade. What do you guys think?
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Don’s Cardigan
I wrote about Don’s cardigan here. Still in love.
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Peggy’s Cardigan
Peggy’s wardrobe has really picked up over the past few seasons, huh? If you want to get some of her style, check out this pattern.
peggy mad men cardigan
It’s almost all over. I’m going to miss this show so much. Let’s have a moment of silence and watch these gifs of Peggy being a boss.

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screens via Tom and Lorenzo

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28
Mar

Further Reading 3/28/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

I’m obsessing over this video by artists Lernert & Sander of designer sweaters being unraveled. I’ve read some people describe it as maddening and unsettling but to me it is incredibly delicious and meditative. Frogging a piece can be just awful but watching stitches come undone can be just as fascinating as it is to see them created.

>> Everyone’s been sharing this article so I guess I ought to as well. In case you were unaware, knitting is good for you. It’s meditative and relaxing. Imagine that!

>> I’m not even sure what to say about this Captions for Models in Knitting Catalogues. So weird. Definitely funny.

>> Franklin Habit’s piece about his first encounter with needlecraft brought me to tears. Really beautiful. Please send tissues.

>> I have my eye on Stashbot this week. I might wait for the ebook version so I can carry it around on my phone for impulse yarn purchases. I am definitely afraid of how it will help to enhance my stash. Not that that’s every stopped me.

>>  Here is my high school’s Handicraft and Knitting Club, class of 1942. (Thanks, Dad!)

What are you knitting up this weekend? How do you like that unravelling video?

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25
Oct

Further Reading 10/24/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

Vienne

photo via Quince and Co

I think I might start doing this weekend-ready post of further reading. There’s a lot of fun knitting stuff going on out there and not enough time to write about it all.

Here are a few links and things that I’m thinking about.

>> Pictured above is my pattern obsession of the week. Bristol Ivy’s Vienne in Quince and Co Chickadee. I’m not a shawl person but I absolutely love the colors and the interesting construction on this!

>> According to Science! this is the fluffiest angora rabbit in the world.

>> I’ve recently fallen for BFL yarn. I’m not terribly familiar with it as opposed to other breeds but this is a great primer on BFL versus Merino!

>> Well, it looks like Fred Perry has made some changes to their beautiful/disappointing “patterns.” And by changes I mean taken the pattern page off of their site (you can still access them if you have a direct link). I feel it’s my duty as a blogger to cover the topic but I think everyone’s said what needs to be said. All I can add is that it’s amazing how intimidating pissed off knitters can be. There are plenty of other vintage-style patterns out there already so fret not, dear knitter!

>> I love drawing out colorwork charts and writing notes in my sketchbook. I’ve been debating about whether or not to switch to a grid sketchbook (I’ve been using blank ones for years now). Seeing these gorgeous Doane Paper grid notebooks at Fringe Supply Co. has me ready to make the change!

Anyway, lots of knitting to get to this weekend! And possibly even some sewing! What will you be making this weekend?

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11
Jan

Yarn Porn

Written by Sarah. Posted in books, knits

I finally found it. It’s the perfect yarn for my afghan! I’m so excited to get started on my afghan. I’ve been searching for this for a month!

I got this beautiful book from my mom. I’ve never tackled an afghan before because they take some commitment and plenty of yarn. It took me a few days to pick out which one to start with and I’m doing the bright star pattern. It really caught my eye because of this gorgeous picture in the book.

Wow.

So my plan was to make it in a more monochromatic, masculine color scheme. I’m really partial to blues so that’s what it will be. My guidelines for the yarn were like this: I wanted a nice quality yarn. I’m definitely a snob but, in reality, I have to make this giant thing and if the yarn doesn’t feel nice between my fingers, I’ll hate the process. It’s a big project so it’s worth spending a few dollars on something nice. It had to be soft (it’s a blanket). And I really wanted something that had some natural fibers. 100% would be best. This book is written for Berroco Comfort yarn which is worsted 50/50 nylon/acrylic. I don’t like the way that feels even though it’s easy to care for.

This is what happened!


I scoured the stores in the city. I hate to say it, but they’re expensive! And despite all of the beautiful luxury yarns they carry, I couldn’t find a navy blue that I really loved.

I had to take a day trip to my parents and I decided to stop by my favorite LYS (or local yarn store) that I used to visit in high school. Of course they had just what I was looking for and for a great price. They are such amazing ladies there! Always really helpful and happy. Even though I only go there once a year now, they still remember where I live and what I’ve been up to.

I bought 18 skeins of Berroco Vintage in dark denim, cream, chambray, sunny, and cracked pepper. I carried my bundle of yarn up to the counter and they knew exactly what I was making. This Vintage yarn is 40% wool so it’s got a nice, soft feel but it’s also machine washable.

I’ve already started the first square. I’ll keep it updated! I’m so excited to be tackling something I’ve never tried before.

I also bought these beautiful buttons. Jon picked them out for something I made him. I’ll tell you about that soon.

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