Subversive Femme

Must fight the Startitus…

For the non-knitters out there, Startitus is ‘when you feel the need to start lots of projects at the same time, even though you know that’s a stupid thing to do’. Thanks Haldechick.

I suffer terribly from Startitus. I have half finished cardigans languishing in my knitting box (i’ve lost weight so they’re too big, but I might put weight back on so I better not frog them – but I don’t want to put weight back on – what to do!).
I have sad and lonely socks, waiting for their partner to make a pair.
Half sewn dresses that i’ve realised need major alterations before I can continue sewing.

*sigh*

But then I see something pretty, and have to make it right now! I’m really fighting the startitus.
Instead of starting a new sewing project last night (possibly Rooibos or Ceylon from Colette) I unpicked a couple of dresses, ready to take in so I can actually wear them this summer.
Two wearable dresses, in one night!

But then I found a copy of The Australian Women’s Weekly Knitting Book for Adults (circa 1944) and i’m struggling not to cast on for a new project.

The photos are adorable, not to mention the quantity of patterns in the book. I got it from a vintage shop on south King St Newtown for a really good price (considering that I just saw three go for over $50 on Ebay, $12 was a good price).

The cover is cardboard which is pretty unusual in itself, but it means the outside is not in the greatest of condition. Maybe if I share some photos you might understand!

PS – Gertie is having a sew-along for Colette’s latest pattern, Crepe, and the pattern is 20% off for November if you use the code word GERTIECREPE.

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  • Reply
    Lolita Haze
    November 8, 2010 at 1:38 am

    These are making me cry and wish I knitted!!! I want!

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    Kris
    November 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I feel your pain… I'm meant to be living out of a backpack and travelling the UK… and somehow two knitting projects have managed to sneak in there (and I'm trying SO HARD to stop a third tagging along!)

    But, I'll be in the same place for 3 months (seasonal work) so hopefully I'll finish some stuff.
    (hello from Krissy who used to go to Courthouse hotel knitting group! I hope all's well 🙂 and thanks for the great patterns you put up)

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    Kris
    November 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I feel your pain… I'm meant to be living out of a backpack and travelling the UK… and somehow two knitting projects have managed to sneak in there (and I'm trying SO HARD to stop a third tagging along!)

    But, I'll be in the same place for 3 months (seasonal work) so hopefully I'll finish some stuff.
    (hello from Krissy who used to go to Courthouse hotel knitting group! I hope all's well 🙂 and thanks for the great patterns you put up)

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    smartygirl
    November 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    so super cute!! i have total startitus too – a woolen dress and skirt cut & pinned (but not sewn) and a pair of mitts and scarf on my needles and i'm about to start a sweater for xmas. and that's not counting a couple of long-hibernating cardigans.

    hope you post some of the patterns from that book eventually…

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    Bex
    November 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Nice to know i'm not the only one… Smarty Girl – i'll post one tomorrow for you!

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    Evie
    January 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Could you maybe share the pattern for the hooded scarf??? I've really been wanting to make one of those, but can't find a pattern I like.

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    Bex
    January 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Heya Evie, i'll try and dig the pattern book back out this weekend and find it for you. x

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    Moira
    February 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Hi,

    Any chance you can post the gauge for the hooded scarf…it doesn't seem to be in the pattern. For Paton Super Scotch 4 ply.

    Thanks,

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    Bex
    February 22, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Hi there Moira,
    There's no gauge provided sorry!

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    Moira
    February 23, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Awe darn…thanks for checking! Guess I'll figure it out.

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