The web page for Centenary Stitches is now on line, and you can pre-order it here. It costs £20, or $30. All the details of P&P are on the web page.
The book has about 70 patterns for all the family, all of them wearable today. Garments come in a wide size range (typically 30 to60″ bust/chest for adult garments). Most of the accessories are sized for toddlers to plus sizes, and many of the shawls can be adapted to different sizes and yarn weights. There are photos of more of the garments on the web page.
The book will be launched in Lincoln on 9th November 2014, Remembrance Sunday, and will be shipped in the second half of the month.
(written by Elizabeth Lovick, Northern Lace)
As I am frequently looking at old photographs and recreating knitwear based on them, I was delighted when Pauline sent me the photo of Grace in a jacket she had probably knitted herself and asked me whether I could copy it. The photo is clear, and the way Grace is posed means that all the important parts of the design are visible, so my answer was Yes!
Before the yarn arrived I looked hard at the photo to work out the details of the jacket’s construction, then worked out the stitch pattern. I narrowed it down to two possibilities on paper, then knitted them up to see which was right. After only a few rows I realised the first one was wrong, but the second one was right.
When the yarn arrived I worked out what needle size to use. The yarn chosen, donated by Rowan, is almost exactly the same thickness as the yarn Grace used for her original jacket.
The actress playing Grace is Victoria Rigby. I had been sent her measurements so the next job was doing the maths to make it exactly the right size for her.
Now I have started knitting the back. Some tweaking will need to be done as I go along, but the harder parts of the design work are done.
If you would like to see a more detailed account of the process, go to my blog, Northern Lace.