The Eternal Swatch-Knitter

Finally the sun came out…

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… and I managed to get some decent pictures.

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The picture above shows the swatches I’m referring to in the title. Somehow it seems like the only thing I’ve been doing for a long time even though I’ve worked on other things as well. It’s just not very funny to show the umpteen photo of the same cardigan for weeks on row.

Probably only one of the swatches is going to be turned into an actual garment one day. It was fun to knit the others but a good night’s sleep was definitely needed to see that even though it’s possible to do it, it’s not sure it’s a good idea.

I was also so lucky to come by a sale in an second-hand bookshop. The score was these three books:

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From left to right you have Gamle danske korsstingsmotiver fra Amager by Else Johnsen, Gyldendals Sy og Strikkebog and Encyklopædie der weiblichen Handarbeiten von Thérèse de Dillmont. The last book is the oldest judging by the illustration as there’s no information about the year of print. It’s full of information on all thinkable and unthinkable kinds of crafts but I’ll just show you some of the pages on knitting.

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The small book is the one with different cross-stitch motives. I’m doing a table cloth designed by the author and I already have some of the motives but others are completely new to me. Amager is an island south of Copenhagen which today is actually a part of the city but until about a 100 years ago was part of the countryside. It has a quite interesting history as many of the original inhabitants descend from Dutch farmers who were brought there in the 16th century because they were considered better farmers by the king Christian II. He’s also a very interesting figure and has inspired many Danish writers. One of the best books ever written in Danish is actually about him: Kongens Fald by Johannes V. Jensen. I don’t know if it’s translated into English but he did win the Nobel Prize in literature in the late forties.

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The last book is from 1940 and like many other books from that period it’s very focused on different ways of saving money and repairing the already existing clothes. Among other things it shows how to steam the yarn after ripping out an old sweater. No acrylics around then…

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It also has some interesting patterns. Right now I’m quite taken by these stockings and gloves:

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Next post is hopefully not far away as I’m planning to do some finishing tonight. I’m also planning a post on how I knit a sock and as I have to have a pair finished by Thursday that isn’t far away either.