I bought these two issues of Star Needlework Journal, from 1921 and 1923, published by The American Thread Co., yesterday at an antique shop. I have some old Star spools of thread that were in DH's mother's sewing tin (an old biscuit tin). There were many issues to choose from, but these are the two that came home. The issue on the left really caught my eye with this cute sweater pattern. Is that style not fairly fashionable now, or is it just me?
The terminology is interesting. "The entire sweater is worked K 1 row, P 1 row." It uses Silkine Pearl Cotton, size 3, in two colors; no needle size is given. Even more interesting are the directions for a girl's dress on the same page. It uses size 5 cotton and "5 bone needles size 4 pointed at both ends. Cast on 105 sts on two needles and 112 sts on the other two needles, making a total of 434 sts and join."
...a total of 434 sts and join. And how long do you suppose those "size 4 pointed at both ends" needles would have to be? Wow, nothing about being careful not to twist, either. Maybe it's just me (again), but this just leaves me mouth agape.
Here's my other "score" -- another Paul de Longpre pansy print. I can't believe it was only $2. I need a mat and glass, but have a frame to fit it, even! There were lots of other things that caught my eye, but I'm more budget-minded than usual with that prom dress thing on my mind.
Duncan and Mickey caught some rays yesterday. They get along so well and it's fun to watch them play together!