It may be too late for you to get your child into a pair of these this winter; but there’s always next year to make him or her freak out everyone else on the sledding hill. (Can you only imagine if they were knit from wool?!) From Fleisher’s Baby Book, Infants To 4 Years, Volume # 101; copyright 1957, Fleisher Yarns, Inc.
FDR, What A Knitter
Long before Rosey Grier, FDR was sporting the needlecraft. Of course, FDR thought he was a cheeky little monkey, mocking men knitting. Or maybe he thought it was ironic. That FDR, what a hipster.
Image via The National Archives:
Newly married Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt ham it up for the camera—he knits while she drinks from his cocktail glass. Hyde Park, New York, 1906. ARC Identifier 197222.
Knit A Yanky Doodle Dandy
It’s been cold outside, right? So while you’ve been dreaming of Summer, why not spend the time knitting your own red, white, and blue fashions for the Fourth Of July? Mom and daughter get a pair of matching sundresses. But poor dad has to suffer in a real sweater. …Maybe he just got a real bad sunburn while yachting and feels chilled. Anyway, dad’s pattern is free for you today. The mother-daughter dress patterns are for sale here.
Meet “The Great Big Ruffle” And Her Friend “The Flower Lei”
Two of the frilliest kitsch knit sweaters we ever did see. Digital patterns for sale here.
Happy Nude Year, Knitters
Or, “Happy Nude Year Knitter”. Via.
Ah, it’s the time of year when the knitters in your life move from socks and blankets to scarves and headgear. If they’re particularly creative, they’ve got something custom in the works, like this alien facehugger skimask.
You can only wear it for a few hours, because after that time you need to switch over to these guys:
Knitters are an amazing folk: they can make almost anything you can imagine out of interlocking loops of string. The crew of the Nostromo would have survived if only one of them could have knit an alien containment unit before things got ugly.
“A Small Boy Can Enjoy Himself In This Simple Suit”
Until his cousin, sister, or other kid sees him in it. Then the kid plays alone, with less enjoyment. Stitchcraft, 1930s.
Jayne Cobb’s Hat
Towards the end of Firefly’s only season, Jayne Cobb picks up his mail from his mom, which includes a homemade gift: a ear-flap knitted cap. Fans love making replicas of props, and some industrious knitter has studied the hat through meticulous repeated viewings and pausing, resulting in instructions for how to make your own Momma Cobb Hat. People will know, when you walk down the street, that you’re the kind of person who’s not afraid of nothing.
Big Kitschy Bunnies
Retro handmade bunnies which we will be putting up for sale at Antiques On Broadway (likely on top of the case). The male is approximately 17 inches tall; the female roughly 13 inches. I love the pipe cleaner glasses on the knitting girl or grandma rabbit! Of course, if you want to buy them direct, you can also do that; just $5 a piece (plus shipping).
I’m having a conniption over the Hedgehog Mitts KnitKit! Via.