The sad notice of the passing of Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert Blythe) the other day brings on a nostalgia of fond memories.
Anne of Green Gables – I loved the books growing up (eons ago), loved the dramatization on TV (has it been 30 years already?). Interviews about the show revealed the meticulous attention to detail, with authentic reproductions of the clothing and furnishings of the period, making the early part of the last century come to life.
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versions of Crazy Stitch
Lots of crochet sightings. Marilla’s shawl, especially, led me to Crazy Stitch, from Victorian Crochet, published by the Dover Press in 1974. Such a sensible, versatile stitch, despite the name, no wonder Marilla used it.
|Scrap yarn throw|
The older book continues to be a favorite in my library. One pattern that never fails to bring a smile is the
Required, 10 oz. of brown or grey double Berlin wool, and a long wooden tricot needle No. 6.
Make a chain of 58 stitches, and work in plain tricot for the length of the front of the vest, about 24 inches long will be right.
Work a second front in the same way.
Send the two pieces of tricot to a tailor to be made up into a vest.
That is the whole pattern (tricot is what they used to call plain Tunisian or afghan stitch). Clearly, how a pattern is written tells you a lot about the intended audience. What a glimpse into another world!