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February 19, 2013

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Suffragette City Part 6: Boy Meets Girl February 15, 2013

Now, although it is not a Real Place, it takes place in a Real Time.

It’s a destination in history, now securely planted in popular imagination, happening at a place called Downton Abbey.

Here lives a family whose members, in age and cultural breadth, experience the wildly changing early days of the 1900′s.

Last year, I accidentally re-discovered a treasure trove of pictures and old magazines from this time in my studio and something else totally unexpected popped up.

While exploring the era’s wonderful history, something fashionable became clear: the sweater that started a revolution in knitwear (while starting a revolution in the voting booths around the globe), the first widely-worn sweater of the 20th century!

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Here you see Sylvia Pankhurst and, I believe, her sister Christabel, being arrested while demonstrating for the Vote, England, circa 1905.

But notice what the ladies are wearing – something that looks really modern, something you can still find in 2013, over a hundred years later, fresh as ever.

A Jersey V-Neck Cardigan.

But look closely.

These suffragette’s are wearing men’s cardigans!

Because, you see, up until this time, women didn’t wear Sweaters.

They wore cloaks, coats, shawls and wraps, looking more like this

Chic Knits Suffragette City 6

than this

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But as women ventured into the public realm more and more, the clothes they were wearing became less about silhouettes, embelishments or ornament

they became all about Mobility.

Imagine swinging a racket or club in this:

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or would you rather (notice the smile):

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wear this…

…to be continued (Suffragette City Part 7: Girl Goes to Town)

…all in the series:
- Suffragette City Part 1
- Suffragette City Part 2
- Suffragette City Part 3
- Suffragette City Part 4
- Suffragette City Part 5
- Suffragette City Part 6



knit it up October 11, 2012

actual knitting getting done…

This was my traveling companion recently and has become the evening knitting. Finding a nice little lamp, focused on the moving stitches makes it easy to work on the dark yarn without going insane.

The texture is slightly amusing; the front band tickles me too.

Chic Knits UMA

This is UMA, made from the top down, starting with the Back shoulder line.

Then each Front is started at the back neckline with a Neckband and
then sts are picked up across the shoulder after the Neckband is to length.

The sections are worked to the underarm, where they are joined
and worked as one to hem.

I happily reached the Pocket Point last night — you put some of the stitches on scrap yarn to hold, cast on more sts for the pocket band, which is right in the body of the sweater.

Just a few more inches and this will be at the hem!

I had a lot of fun taking these pictures. I think.

It’s getting darker all the time out at the Little Cabin in the Woods (insert “omg October is almost half over!” here) and I’m determined to learn fill-lighting. Probably doesn’t help that my WIP is BLACK~! (and the curtains white) but why start easy?!.

[Anything to avoid P.A.C.K.I.N.G.]

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