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Knitting and Household Tips from Long Ago

By Nancymccarroll
One of my favorite things to do is look back at old references.  And of course, knitting patterns hold my attention, and housekeeping tips are fun to look back on and chuckle over.  How did our great, great, etc. grandmothers ever do it all without the "conveniences" we now consider necessities?  It was not that long ago that I remember my grandmother telling about the days when she had to make her own sanitary products from discarded bed sheets. Can we even imagine that? I  think not.
But I digress.  Joyce James, who guides tours through Scotland and is an avid knitter, gave references here about old knitting books and says, in part:
I've just had a cursory look through some of the pages and it's interesting to read about the knitting techniques, vocabulary and patterns and how they have changed. Which is not surprising considering how far back the collection stretches. Who knits a "Sontag" or "Cephaline" anymore? (From the 1844 issue of My Knitting Book.) 
Another book, printed by The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, titled Helping the Trawlers and dated 1800, has a long list of patrons and vice-patrons. In addition to patterns for clothing to help seamen withstand the harsh weather on open ships, there is a section for donations to Labrador. 
Knitting and Household Tips from Long AgosourceGo here for Digital Resources from the Knitting Reference Library WSA.  It has books from the early 1800's.
And as far as references for household management, you just cannot beat the Mrs. Beaton's Book of Household Management (free on Kindle).
Knitting and Household Tips from Long AgoAnd The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving, Table Etiquette, Care of the Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts ... [free Kindle Edition] is a real look into the White House management from the 1800's.
It was not a simple life.
This is what I just finished knitting after perusing old references on knitting: baby booties with the free pattern found here.
Knitting and Household Tips from Long Ago
Mrs. Mouse made a great photo opportunity with the booties.
Knitting and Household Tips from Long Ago
Some things from the past just cannot be replicated.
Knitting and Household Tips from Long Ago Beatrix Potter is one of my favorites.  You can see all of her illustrations at this site.

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