Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My doll, Primrose...and her Penguin friend...

This last Christmas, my boyfriend's niece gave me a gift card to a big book store near their home (probably at the urging of her grandmother). I finally got around to using it online and found that I was able to search for and purchase vintage knitting books through this store! Based on the photoless description, I purchased this:


"I Learn To Knit....To Dress My Doll, Primrose"

This little cardboard cover children's knitting book from the 1940's starts out with a hilarious story about the doll Primrose's adventure in the garden, being transported with her aviator penguin friend to the doll fairy's land and then back to the garden. Here you see her with her happy little girl...but note the ...interesting...penguin and anthropomorphic airplane in the background - her magic transportation (yes, there are many times when I wish my magic penguin would arrive and transport me far away!)...


Many of the pictures for this goofy story are a combination of photograph and Disney-like animation drawings. But the second half of the book is full of standard knitting instructions and patterns for a very extensive doll's wardrobe (Primrose was a quite indulged fancy doll):


These doll wardrobe photos have a decidedly vintage air to them, looking very like the photos of doll clothes in my 1920's books.

I'm making some little socks with the left-overs of my Petroglyphs Leyburns. I so love working with Blue Moon yarns I could happily make an entire wardrobe out it! (Really? Wouldn't that be a little...odd?) Erm... well, probably not a 'complete' wardrobe, but at least a lot of stockings!


Working on little thin needles isn't that hard, but I discovered that the only size 0 DPNs I had were from my KnitPicks set and with the very first row one needle splintered right down its length and drove a very long jagged splinter into my thumb! Ouchie. I do wish I had gotten some Grafton Fibers little DPNs in size zero because they use really good wood that doesn't splinter. But when I made my order last month, I got 6 DPN sets all in size 1.5!! This comes under the 'what was I thinking????' category.

But my work is enhanced by this beautiful stitch-counter that my friend Nadine sent me from Germany:


I do love it so much! And just like Matroska dolls, it came with a big, little, and tiny size. So cute.

Life is quite stressful these late winter days, including at work, where I'm being bullied by a jealous co-worker with no degree. She sends out missives suggesting changes to my job description, even though she has absolutely no authority over what I do. I really need my knitting these days, to sooth my ruffled feathers...


Karla said...

What a cute book, doll-counter and socks. I hope your finger heals and that work becomes more enjoyable.

Unraveling Sophia said...

thanks for your kind words!